Connie Glover

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Sunday - 9:30AM Sunday School, 10:35AM Worship Service

by: Gracepoint Church

04/24/2020

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FEAR Or A Song?


When I was around 2 1/2 years old, we were visiting my grandparents in Tennessee. My grandmother was doing laundry with an old wringer washer and a galvanized tub with a heater in it to heat the water. I fell backwards into the tub and was caught in the scalding water from under my arms to my knees and was in the water for a short time until my dad got me out. I was burned badly and was rushed to the hospital. I was in the hospital for about a month. I still have a few scars on my hip and back after all these years. My Mom and Dad have told me that they were so afraid I was going to die. They were not saved at the time and had to face losing their first child without knowing the Lord. I don't remember it, thank goodness, so I don't remember being afraid.

We can have fear for a lot of reasons: fear of losing a loved one, fear of dying ourselves, fear of losing our job, fear of this virus, fear of the dark and things that go bump in the night, fear of storms, fear of being alone. I could go on and on. But remember when we know the Lord, we are never alone. In II Timothy 1:7 we read, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Satan is the great liar and wants to keep us paralyzed by fear.

One way we can control our fear at this strange time we are living in today is to regulate our thoughts. Please, limit news coverage and stop measuring your life by statistics. News wants to sell and the more gruesome it is, it drives the ratings up. In II Corinthians 10:5, God tells us to bring our thoughts into captivity to obey Christ.

Another way, if you are healthy and not high risk, look for ways to help. Fear is self-focused, but Jesus wants us to be light to the world. Call to check on elderly neighbors and friends who have chronic health issues. Run errands for those who can't get out. Pray over the phone with ones who are afraid. Drop off a gift card or care package to a friend, or parents of small cooped up kids.

Lastly, remember be thankful that God is in control and we aren't. If we can trust Him with our eternal life, we can trust Him with everything.

Pastor Jim has been going through the book of Acts in his Sunday School class. His lesson for last Sunday covered Acts 16:13-25, where we read about Paul and Silas. They were severely beaten and thrown in jail for preaching the gospel of truth. In verse 25, it says, "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them". Two verses that Pastor used that were a real blessing to me were:

Job 35:10 - But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; &

Psalm 42:8 - Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

He also gave a quote from Spurgeon: "Any fool can sing in the day. It is easier when we read the notes by daylight. But the skillful singer is he who can sing when there is not a ray of light to read by. Songs in the night come only from God. They are not in the power of men."

So, will we have a song for the Lord, or fear, in this dark of night we are living in right now?

FEAR Or A Song?


When I was around 2 1/2 years old, we were visiting my grandparents in Tennessee. My grandmother was doing laundry with an old wringer washer and a galvanized tub with a heater in it to heat the water. I fell backwards into the tub and was caught in the scalding water from under my arms to my knees and was in the water for a short time until my dad got me out. I was burned badly and was rushed to the hospital. I was in the hospital for about a month. I still have a few scars on my hip and back after all these years. My Mom and Dad have told me that they were so afraid I was going to die. They were not saved at the time and had to face losing their first child without knowing the Lord. I don't remember it, thank goodness, so I don't remember being afraid.

We can have fear for a lot of reasons: fear of losing a loved one, fear of dying ourselves, fear of losing our job, fear of this virus, fear of the dark and things that go bump in the night, fear of storms, fear of being alone. I could go on and on. But remember when we know the Lord, we are never alone. In II Timothy 1:7 we read, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Satan is the great liar and wants to keep us paralyzed by fear.

One way we can control our fear at this strange time we are living in today is to regulate our thoughts. Please, limit news coverage and stop measuring your life by statistics. News wants to sell and the more gruesome it is, it drives the ratings up. In II Corinthians 10:5, God tells us to bring our thoughts into captivity to obey Christ.

Another way, if you are healthy and not high risk, look for ways to help. Fear is self-focused, but Jesus wants us to be light to the world. Call to check on elderly neighbors and friends who have chronic health issues. Run errands for those who can't get out. Pray over the phone with ones who are afraid. Drop off a gift card or care package to a friend, or parents of small cooped up kids.

Lastly, remember be thankful that God is in control and we aren't. If we can trust Him with our eternal life, we can trust Him with everything.

Pastor Jim has been going through the book of Acts in his Sunday School class. His lesson for last Sunday covered Acts 16:13-25, where we read about Paul and Silas. They were severely beaten and thrown in jail for preaching the gospel of truth. In verse 25, it says, "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them". Two verses that Pastor used that were a real blessing to me were:

Job 35:10 - But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; &

Psalm 42:8 - Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

He also gave a quote from Spurgeon: "Any fool can sing in the day. It is easier when we read the notes by daylight. But the skillful singer is he who can sing when there is not a ray of light to read by. Songs in the night come only from God. They are not in the power of men."

So, will we have a song for the Lord, or fear, in this dark of night we are living in right now?

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12 Comments on this post:

Craig Trapnell

What a blessing this church is. I found it to be a comfort when a solid mid acts church wasn't available. In greatful for your on line ministry.blessings to you all.

Joy

This little message packs a BIG punch! Great words to remember. Thank you

Mary Lou

Love this. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy McGowin

This is so true and thanks for sharing.

Kathy Smyth

Thank you Connie for sharing your testimony and words of encouragement. 2 Timothy 1:7 is one of my favorite scriptures and has been a life line to me through out my life....

Kathy Smyth

Thank you Connie for sharing your testimony and words of encouragement. 2 Timothy 1:7 is one of my favorite scriptures and has been a life line to me through out my life....

Diane Hale

Wonderful encouragement!

Audrey Taylir

I agree with 100 percent let the people of God have faith that Gid’s Will be done an d not fear whatever happens. His people is on the winning side. Praise God

Greg Garcia

hello, reading your story, as a child often life can be challenging. Every one around us is affected in some way.

Rosie Williams

That was a blessing to read. I’ve been down for a couple of days Feeling all alone right now. I know is I’m not alone I just need some encouragement right now Please just pray for me.

Joyce Conder

Love this and love you!!!

Rose goldsby

You guys are awesome hadn’t heard this story but I know god takes care of us and gives people like both of you to Encourage us and remind us of gods word we love you and thank you