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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)

God Is Always Speaking, Preparing

Word of God Preparation Confidence

Source: LET’S ROLL: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-25

Scripture: Romans 11:33 ; Esther 4:14

Author: Lisa Beamer / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was a passenger aboard the ill-fated United Airlines Flight 93 that 9-1-1 hijackers commandeered and ultimately planted, nose first, into the Pennsylvania countryside. It was Todd’s words that morning that became a battle cry for all those, in the coming weeks, months, and even years, who would stand up to oppose terror and fight for freedom. “Let’s roll!” were his words, as he and others led a charge against the cockpit.

Todd left a wife, Lisa, and two young sons. Lisa would go on to right a book, fittingly titled LET’S ROLL, in which she discusses the many ways in which the Lord sustained her in the days after Todd’s death. She recounts how uncomfortable she was being instantly thrust into the limelight. She questioned her ability to meet the challenges. 

On one occasion, shortly after the crash, she was asked to speak to a group of some 25,000 women gathered at a spiritual conference at the Core States Arena in Philadelphia. “I had wanted to remain as inconspicuous as possible, but Mordecai’s rejoinder to Esther—“Who knows? Maybe God has you here for such a time as this”—echoed through my mind.” 

She thought back to the ways God always seemed to prepare her to face whatever His plans might be. She recalled how, after Todd’s death, they needed to clean out his car. Among the gum wrappers and gas receipts, they also found a stack of Bible memory cards in the armrest tray that he worked on while driving. 

The top card on the stack, the one that he might have read on September 11, was Romans 11:33-36:

O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,’and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?” 
“Who has ever given to God, 
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

It was the exact passage of Scripture that had helped me through my questions following my dad’s death; the same passage I’d been reminded of at Wheaton College [where Todd and Lisa met]; and the very passage that had been my memory verses for the Bible study I was preparing … the week before Todd died.

Now, facing the request to speak to such a large crowd of women, she felt confident that God had indeed prepared her for such a time as this.

APPLICATION

Lisa concludes, "Seeing that card reminded me that God is always speaking to us and giving us just the words we need for the events he knows lie ahead."

Seeing God In Your Body

Apologetics Confidence Awe

Source: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE, p.p. 94-97

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-15

Scripture: Psalms 8:5 ; Genesis 1:27

Author: Dr. Richard Swenson
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ILLUSTRATION

Consider the human body …

  • Each human is composed of ten thousand trillion trillion atoms (more than all the stars in the universe!)
  • Each human body contains between 10 and 100 trillion cells and each cell is made up of a trillion atoms.
  • In a lifetime, the human heart beats over two billion times and pumps sixty million gallons of blood through sixty thousand miles of blood vessels.
  • Even the smallest blood vessels (tiny capillaries) have some seventy thousand square feet of surface area.
  • We breathe 600 million times over an average life span with each breath processing over a billion trillion air molecules which pass over 300 million alveoli that provide a surface area equivalent to half a tennis court.
  • The retina of the eye contains over 100 million rods and cones that take continuous pictures. In one-third of a second, the retina solves the equivalent of nonlinear differential equations that would take a  supercomputer 100 years to solve.
  • The human ear has a million moving parts and can vibrate twenty thousand times per second, hear sounds over a range of intensity that varies by a trillion, and can distinguish among two thousand different pitches.
  • The human nose can distinguish ten thousand different smells. Our three-pound brain is the most complex arrangement of matter ever discovered in the universe. It contains ten billion neurons and has 100  trillion neurological interconnections that if stretched out would extend  100 thousand miles.
  • Billions of skin cells are replaced every day and the entire surface of the skin is replaced every two weeks.
  • Humans have five million hair follicles which over a lifetime grow over two million feet of hair.

APPLICATION

Says Dr. Richard Swenson: “The biology of the human being is obviously  stunning. What about the theology? Scripture teaches that we are made in God’s very image, in His likeness. We are made a little lower than the angels and crowned with glory and honor. …

“As it turns out, we were not just some science project for a rainy day in Heaven, but instead a creative effort reassured by the Father. He made us for His glory and His pleasure.

“When we gain a picture of what this creative God has done within us, it helps us to understand that we are more than a random collection of organized atoms. Within the miracle of the human body, there is sanctity, hope, and glory. More important, this same awareness also helps us to appreciate that such a Creator is rightly regarded with awe.

“When we see Him more clearly, we have more faith in His power and less anxiety about our circumstances.”

Richard A. Swenson, MD, is a medical doctor and award winning author of several acclaimed books. He travels extensively, speaking to a variety of business, denominational and government groups on issues of faith and reason, stress, complexity, social change, and management.

Being Sure Makes You Secure

Assurance Confidence Eternal Security

Contributed By: Steve Yuhasz | Date Posted: 2014-07-11

Scripture: John 10:27

Author: Steve Yuhasz
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The Best of Men

Confidence Humility Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Roger Chambers | Date Posted: 2014-01-23

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5 ; Mark 10:27

Author: Roger Chambers
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How Do YOU Tackle Fear?

Fear Confidence Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-16

Scripture: 1 John 4:8

Author: Max Lucado
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Assume a Power Pose

Power Meekness Confidence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6 ; Matthew 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Godly Swagger

Confidence Youth Trials

Contributed By: | Date Posted: 2013-06-15

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Leonard Leach
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Autographed Tennis Balls for Christmas

Christmas Destiny Confidence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-11-22

Scripture: Romans 8:30

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Con-man

Confidence Lies Prayer

Contributed By: David Cranford | Date Posted: 2011-05-02

Scripture: John 8:44

Author: David Cranford
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