February 11, 2020
by Michael S. Tyrrell
I bet you opened this email, didn’t you? Now your curiosity is peaked…what is Michael thinking??? That’s easy, I am talking about a word so devastating, so paralyzing, that it can ruin our lives. The four letter “F” word I am referring to is… FEAR.
We live in tumultuous times…political polarization, coronavirus, 5G, global terrorism, personal and business woes, health issues, and of course, the catch all for everything…stress!
Luke 21:26, “Men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
There is always something going on in the world that can cause us to freak out, and become fearful…no one is immune to fear. Yet, in this week’s musing, hopefully something that I share will help you find peace in the midst of your storm.
1 John 4:18 “Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear” There is more here than meets the eye…Agape, or perfect, selfless love…removes, frees, delivers one from ALL fear! God loves us with a selfless love, when we experience that personally, all fear is gone.
Luke 12:22-26, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Do you ever worry about your life? I am often guilty of it, obviously according to this scripture. Most of us struggle with this. And when I do worry, this scripture stops me in my tracks:
Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV), “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Now, I will share another, “F” word that makes all of this work…FAITH! You see, faith is the opposite of fear, it is impossible for them to co-exist. If you are fearful, then you are faithless… and, if you are faithful, then you are fearless! Faith moves mountains, faith banishes fear, faith started Wholetones, and most importantly, faith pleases God!
Hebrews 11:6, “New International Version (NIV), “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” And at the end of the day, shouldn’t that be our prime objective!
Dear friends, no matter what you are facing right now, God can get you through it…we always have the option to walk in fear, or faith…choose faith! Now that is an “F” word that never gets you in trouble!
Until next time…
Michael S. Tyrrell
P.S. And speaking of fear…as you know, I am taking 40 people to Israel, June 7-15th 2020.
I have been getting a little pushback from some of you that want to go, yet are fearful of traveling to Israel…rest assured, I have been to Israel, and one of our speakers and chaperones, Pastor Michael Coleman has been to Israel over 50 times!!! To be honest, I feel WAY safer on the streets of Jerusalem than I do on the streets of NYC. Don’t let fear be a factor on your decision to go on this life changing journey with me, There are still a few slots left…don’t miss out!