When all the news reports disaster, it is natural to be afraid, but do not let fear take overtake you. In John 16:33, Jesus says, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Jesus says many times in scripture to not be afraid. He frequently follows this command with a promise: “I am with you.”

Jesus is with you. His presence is the reason that we have to take courage. When His presence is something experienced and not only known about, it makes all the difference.

Think of when a young child is lost and alone. Everything appears threatening. But when that child calls for his or her father and the father takes his child by the hand, there is peace and safety, even when real danger is near.

It is the same in our journey. The world hates us (John 15:18) and there are very real dangers. But when we trust in Jesus and experience His presence, we are safe no matter what happens. And our belief is directly linked to our worship (Psalm 100:4).

Jesus says the work of the Lord is to believe in the One whom God the Father has sent (John 6:29). The more we take to heart the truth that Jesus Himself is with us, the more we are freed from fear.

In fact, the more we saturate our minds and hearts in His word and abide in Him, the more we will want to live our lives as expressions of worship, to complete our joy.

Worshiping Jesus is how we strengthen our faith to overcome fear and fulfill our purpose. The people He calls us to serve will see joy written on the faces of God's children, who sacrificially meet their needs; they will see a reflection of Jesus.  

“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  

Ephesians 2:10

Think of that! It’s the greatest joy to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others. This remains true in every circumstance. Praise God!

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