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DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Let Easter raise you from fear

We need the good news of what Jesus did to resurrect our faith.

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Pastor Tim Wilson
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“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus’” (Matthew 28:5-7).

This year, I want to let the reality of Easter reach beyond just one Sunday. I desperately need the truth of Jesus’ sacrifice to settle into the deepest places of my heart. I don’t know what hard realities you’ve been facing lately, but I have a suspicion that maybe you can relate to this same sense of desperation.

I know what glorious things this holy day says to the world at large. But what does Jesus want me to know, to think about, to wrestle through at this time of year – this season of new beginnings, of resurrection, of healing?

So, I'm specifically asking the Lord to reveal and heal things within me in these days leading up to Easter.

We live in a world plagued by fear – fear of death, fear of disease, fear of financial calamity. Yet with the great fears that pervade and paralyze many, there is often an absence of the fear we must have.

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The Bible declares the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Jesus further said, “Do not fear them that can destroy the body, but fear Him who can destroy both body and soul in hell fire” (Matthew 10:28). Without question or qualification, we must learn to have a holy terror before the holy Judge of all men.

Yet fear that is not godly in its source can cripple you mentally, socially, physically and spiritually. Mark Twain said, “I have experienced many terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

The most insurmountable fear is of a catastrophic end. Yet the end of fear is a different than what is feared. Fear over sickness will cause other physical problems – ulcers, anxiety attacks. Fear of death can deplete the joy of life from you.

The Bible says, “Fear not” – but the fearful respond with, "Why not?" Why should I not fear when there is so much trouble around me?

Isaiah 43:1-2 says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

God is our reason not to fear – His goodness, His presence, and His loving care for us. "Do not be afraid."

Dear God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith that are squelched by fear.

Pastor Tim Wilson serves at Park Rapids Assembly of God.

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