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Fear has No Power over the Word

By Jude Dias, Walk The Same

Read: Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The most common thing that holds people back from moving forward and achieving their dreams is fear. Ask anyone who is hesitant about something, and you’ll find that fear has something to do with it in some way or another. We are no strangers to fear.

We are all created by God to be progressive beings. But life can come to a full stop when we allow fear to take over. The reality is, fear will always come our way to try to stop us in our tracks. Yet we have all been given a destiny, a purpose, and a mission from God which we are called to live out. At the same time, God has provided us with His eternal word and the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us when fear tries to get in our way. It is up to us to make the choice which side we are going to be on: fear or faith.

Do you struggle with fear? Turn to God: He’s always there and will be there for us forever. Instead of giving in to fear, let us choose to place our faith in Jesus.

Anchor in Jesus and Remain Calm

By Jude Dias, Walk The Same

Read: Psalms 18:2
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Have you ever experienced turbulence in an airplane? It’s pretty scary. The plane seems to shudder, and soar and dip alternately. It is not pleasant. But what is scarier is the knowledge that this huge machine flying in the air has nothing to support it should something go wrong.

Ships face a similar predicament when the sea gets rough. But no matter how bad it gets, a ship is safe and secure when it has its anchor set. The ship will remain steady and not be tossed around.

I like to think of God being that boat with an anchor, and me being the passenger. When we choose God to be our refuge and carrier in the rough seas of life, we will always be secure in Him no matter how rough the waves of our circumstances. He is unchanging and unfailing, and He has proven this to us through His works and the amazing things that He continues to do every day.

Like the sea, life will always be unpredictable. Sometimes, things will be serene and beautiful; at other times, turbulence is all we get. When that hits us, whom we depend on will decide whether we sink or float. When our hope in this journey is anchored on Christ, we will not be shaken, no matter how hard things get.

Unstuck

By Jude Dias, Walk The Same

Read: Proverbs 4:25
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”

The temptation of staying stuck where we are and not wanting to move forward is real: it’s something many of us may do. I am no stranger to this. When I went through a breakup that devastated me a few months ago, I didn’t want to move on. In fact, I often found myself trying to go back in time—reading old emails, old text messages, and going through old pictures. I constantly wished that time would just stay still and not move forward. That way, I wouldn’t have to deal with the pain of heartbreak.

I am sure many of us have experienced this situation in some form or other. But when we choose to stay stuck where we are, we allow that situation to determine our present and our future. And that isn’t a good thing. In these moments, we may tell ourselves that God will heal us “someday”. But when we adopt such an attitude and outlook in life, we will remain where we are. We will make no progression and leave nothing behind but more pain and emptiness.

We need to remind ourselves that God is the only one who defines us—not our situation, struggles, or even our past. We were created to enjoy the blessing of freedom and to share the same joy with those around us. I know that taking a step forward is scary. It was scary for me too, but by stepping out in faith, I was able to engage myself in activities that involved Christian community. In the process, I grew and became a better person.

God is good and He has your back. You have God in your life, so you can make the decision today to step forward. Don’t remain stuck in a past that is no longer alive and meaningful.

The truth will set you free

By Jude Dias, Sri Lanka

I was so excited when I bought a new Bible for myself. For years, our family shared a common Bible. Since it was used by all of us, it is old and discolored. But no matter how old it got, the words in the Book remained forever unchanged. Nevertheless, I decided that I should buy a Bible—one that I could call my own. So I bought one.

I took my new Bible to work that night and placed it on my desk. My best friend saw the Bible on my desk. He asked, “Are you going to die?” I asked him what he meant. He replied, “Well, people read the Bible only when they are close to death.”

It is amazing and at the same time sad to see how differently people perceive the Bible. And to think my best friend is a Christian himself! Peer pressure and the media seek to convince us that there is nothing better than what they have to offer. But the Bible is the eternal Word of God. Not only does it provide us a happiness that is eternal, it also teaches us how to live our life in a manner that pleases God. Moreover, it provides direction when we are lost and comfort in times of trouble. No other earthly thing can do what the Word of God does. Hence the Psalmist proclaims: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Remember there is no greater truth than the Bible itself; so do make it a habit to read it daily. The Scriptures say that only the truth of God’s Word can set you free. We read this in John 8:31-32, “To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ ”