2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone,the new is here!
It was the summer of 1954, and the new school year would be starting soon. My sister Brenda was so excited she was going to be in first grade and she couldn’t wait to see her friends again. I didn’t know what it was all about but I was excited too. Mom had spent almost the whole summer making our new school clothes that I couldn’t wait to show off. When the day finally came fear engulfed me. This was my earliest memory of fear, five years old starting kindergarten. I grabbed my moms hand when I saw how huge the school looked. My mom had told me my name would be on the door of my classroom. When I looked at the large doors there were too many for me to count. Which one has my name on it, I wondered. Then I began to cry and through my tears, I said: “I can’t read.” Mom assured me she would find the right classroom that displayed my name. When she opened the door I saw what looked like a hundred kids all my size and I didn’t know anyone. I felt like I was going to throw up so I told my mom I was sick. I wish I could say I stayed that first day but my mom took me home. It wasn’t until later in my life that I realized that Jesus was with me. I was never alone in Isaiah 41:10 it states, ” Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Fear to me is becoming a very bad word and it can eat you up if you let it. Fear is a tool that the devil will and has used in his arsenal to pull you away from God. Satan tries to talk you into making snap decisions so that you won’t end up waiting and trusting in God’s answer to your prayers. The fear sets in and we start getting anxious making a decision that is usually not good for us. I have a habit of trusting God with all the little problems and situations in life but the big ones not so much. I give it to God through prayer only to take it back thinking that I can handle it. Falling flat on my face after taking it back I end up back on my knees apologizing and asking if He can correct the problem. Growing in Christ over the last five years my trust in Him has grown immensely and the fear dulls itself quite a bit. I still have problems but I know that my God, the creator of the entire universe is on my side, He, is bigger than my problems. Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel : “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Don’t wait another minute to let Him in, only He can blot out your past full of sin. Put your knees to the floor and clasp your hands real tight, close your eyes and start praying with all your might.”God I love you so much, and I don’t want to be without you anymore, Please be in my heart I’m tired of being spiritually poor. I give you my body, mind, heart, and soul. Engulf me entirely filling this huge empty hole.”
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