Scripture Reading: Joshua. 1:9
Share this testimony from a User of DSD, “A friend gave me the Daily Strength book last month as a gift and since then my life has changed. Fear in me has gone; my problems no longer torment me but rather it is me who now torments my problems daily with my prayers…..”
Fear is one particular thing which everyone experiences. The phrase: “Do not fear” is found several times in the scriptures. To be afraid, fearful and terrified signifies to be in chains or to be bound. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle corroborates this: “He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” We can deduce from this statement that when we live in fear, we are not free. Fear is a form of slavery. We cannot make moves to surmount our problems because we get terrified at making any progress away from our problems. Such was the fear of the Israelites. Really, our fears can instigate the unrequired or undesired to become real.
In today’s reflection, we see God telling Joshua: “Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, I am with you wherever you go.” (Jos.1:9) Joshua has just mounted the seat of leadership over the people of Israel. Their enemies were all around them and before them was the Promised Land. Before they embarked on their journey into the Promised Land, they needed the assurance of God. God did give Joshua that assurance that he needed to lead the Israelites. To have faith in God dismisses every form of fear. Without God, we continue to grope in fear. Lucretius, a philosopher once said “Men are eager to tread underfoot what they have once too much feared.” Man continues to search for ways out of his fears and trample his fears. Fear is bondage of a sort. Fear is one of the tools of the devil, and he will never be at rest until he has instilled that fear into us. Child of God, you have no need to be afraid of anything.
Beloved, in baptism, you were born and initiated into the mystery of Christ; and at this point, your old ways, coloured in fear, are done away with and you have now appreciated to the life of Christ. This life of Christ is not of timidity of any sort but lived in the awesome power of the Holy Spirit which dismisses every fear. “The Spirit of the Father in you is not that of fear or timidity and subjects you to slavery but that of boldness which makes you cry out to God, “Father! My Father!” God’s Spirit joins Himself to our spirits to declare that we are God’s children.” (Rom.8:15-16) God’s children don’t live in fear. Fear goes alongside worry. When fear inhabits one’s life, he becomes worried and weary. Fear breeds hopelessness and faithlessness; and these deny us of the blessings of God. St. Paul admonishes that “Do not be afraid of your opponents. This will be a sign that they are defeated and you are saved, that is, saved by God.” (Phil.1:28) When we live in fear, we have given the devil the licence to toy with our lives; we are defeated. No one wins a battle in fear. Child of God, there is nothing to be afraid of. You share in the ever working principle of the name, Emmanuel: God with us. If God is with us, who can be against us? (Rom.8:31) Beloved in Christ, do not be afraid of confronting your problems headlong, for the Lord is with you as your Shield, your Refuge and Fortress. You have nothing to be afraid of. The power of the Holy Spirit is around you this day to save you from your adversaries and enemies. Dispel every fear from your life and allow God do the unexpected in your life. It is my prayer for you this day that the Lord shall lavish upon you the radical faith that displaces every fear, Amen. God bless you. Amen.
MASS: WHITEIs 7: 10-14; 8: 10; Ps 40: 7-8a. 8b-9. 10. 11/ Heb 10: 4-10; Lk 1: 26-38ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD S
- Take a song to the Holy Spirit.
- Hand over to the Lord your fears and declare that the Spirit of God in you is not that of timidity but of boldness.
- Invite the Holy Spirit to begin to fill you with the boldness of a true soldier of Christ.
- Take this seriously, “May the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit come over me refresh me in the power of my identity as a Child of God”.
- Declare the portion of the Lord over you and your family.
- Thank the Lord for answer to prayers.
Exercise: Meditate on Rom. 8:15 and allow it sink into you.
Meditation: Rom. 8:15.