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Strong Hands Soothe Fear

Fear Fatherhood Confidence

Contributed By: Ben Kurz | Date Posted: 2019-11-25

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Isaiah 41:10

Author: Ben Kurz
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ILLUSTRATION

It was bedtime and my wife and I had all the lights in the house turned off to help our little three-year-old son prepare for bed.  The only shining light was in the room where the three of us were sitting.  With a not-yet-tired voice, my son said, "Daddy, I need to go potty."  Thankful that he was finally learning to use the bathroom on his own, I said, "OK, you know where the bathroom is."  I watched as he skipped to the short hallway leading to the bathroom, only to see him turn and run back to me.  

"Daddy, I can't go there.  It's dark."  

"Then turn the light on," I said flatly.

"Daddy, It's scary. I want you to come with me," my little son begged.  

With a sigh, I got up and walked behind my son as he trotted toward the bathroom.  When we reached the dark hallway, he turned to me and said, "Daddy, put your hands on my shoulders."  I put my hands on his small shoulders and followed as he confidently walked on into the darkness.  

"Why don't you turn the light on?" I asked.

"It's OK, Daddy. I don't need to," he said, "because you're with me."

APPLICATION

How often we encounter the dark hallways of life!  What gives us courage to walk boldly on when we can't see the outcome?  With faith like a child, we cling to the knowledge that our Father's strong hands are on our shoulders!  "Even if I walk through dark shadowy valleys, I will not fear, because You are with me!"  (Psalm 23:4, paraphrased)

Roller Coaster Lines

Death Fear Judgment of Believers

Source: Personal Observation

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54 ; 2 Corinthians 5:10

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

I love roller coasters. I have all of my life. There is something great about the thrill of being slowly pulled up that first hill and waiting in great anticipation for the first stomach wrenching drop. Waiting in line is a job, picking the correct line, watching to see how many people are in front of you. Wondering why some people in front of you seem hesitant, holding back when there is clearly room for them to move up. Getting close enough to begin counting how many times the cars must be loaded and unloaded before it is your turn. Then the inevitable choice as to where to sit. In the front to get the best view, in the back to get the best ride. In the middle to get on more quickly. The closer I get the more the excited and enthusiasm rises.

However, the story is quite different for my wife. She is terrified of roller coasters. The few times I have convinced her to ride one, she was filled with nothing but fear. The closer we got, the more nervous she became. She was one of those who didn't want to move when the line opened up in front of us. I raised my hands in exhilarating excitement, while my wife held on for dear life.

APPLICATION

We are all waiting in line to face the next stage of existence. The closer we get to the end of our lives, the more we begin to anticipate what awaits us. For the Christian, getting closer stirs our faith. We approach death with confidence in the promises of God and in the hope of the glory that awaits us. 

But for the nonbeliever, it's a different experience. The closer they get to life's final ride, the more they're filled with fear and apprehension. The believer raises his hands in exhilarating excitement, but the lost man holds on for dear life.

"When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory" (1 Corinthians 15:54). 

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10). 

 

The Rule of Love

Law (of God) Fear Jesus' Love

Source: “North Korea stepping up security after 'first' bank robbery,” By Elizabeth Shim, UPI.COM, April 29, 2016

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-28

Scripture: John 1:17 ; 1 John 4:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Elizabeth Shim, with UPI.COM, reports: 

SEOUL, April 29 (UPI) -- North Korea is investigating its "first" bank robbery after a break-in at a branch of the country's central bank.  A source in North Hamgyong Province who spoke to Radio Free Asia on the condition of anonymity said the robbery occurred April 4, in the Shinam district of Chongjin, a city near the China border.

"Because this is the first time the bank has been robbed since the founding of the country, many people are fixated on the incident," the source said.

… The bank robbers … took off with a total of 70 million North Korean won, a currency for which there is no official exchange rate. 

APPLICATION

Perhaps more than in any other country on earth, the rule of law is unyielding and unforgiving in Jong-un's North Korea.  As a result, in a country where even the smallest infractions of the law are severely punished, bank robberies and other such crimes are nearly unthinkable and virtually non-existent. 

But the near perfect compliance of the citizenry has not created the utopia one might expect. Instead, the iron fisted rule of Kim Jong-un has created a fearful, hellish existence for most of the over 24 million who populate the country.

Herein lies an important lesson: While strictly enforced laws bring order to a society, they cannot bring joy and happiness to that society. That's because the law, even the law of God revealed through Moses, was never intended to be the principle by which man was to be ruled. Rather than the rule of law, what the world needs, and what God promises to provide, is the rule of love. This is promised in the coming reign of Christ. At His return, Jesus will bring in a Kingdom of both love and order--something dictators like Kim Jong-un have never been able to do. 

“For the law was given through Moses, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17, NLT). 

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18). 

God Watches Over Every Atom

God's Care Fear Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-26

Scripture: Colossians 1:17

Author: Richard Swenson / Illustration Exchange
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Good Fear

Fear Wisdom Guidance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-01

Scripture: Proverbs 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Step Out of the Waiting Places

Opportunity Fear Complacency

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-25

Author: AJ Julian
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Afraid of the Light

Light Truth Fear

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-03-07

Scripture: John 3:20

Author: John Lennox
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The Woman Who Knew No Fear

Fear Persecution God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Scripture: 1 John 4:18 ; Matthew 10:28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jehovah is Peace

Anxiety Peace Fear

Contributed By: Ernie Scalabrin | Date Posted: 2014-12-05

Scripture: Judges 6:24

Author: Ernie Scalabrin
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Irrational Fear

Jesus' Death Love (Divine) Fear

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2014-10-20

Scripture: 1 John 4:18

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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