Pastor’s Message for November 2017

Friends, it is November already. Christmas is around the corner. The end of the year is approaching. We are getting one year more mature. Sometimes it is scary to notice time is sure flying real fast.
As I look at the future, a few scary things come to mind. I don’t want to be poor. I don’t want to be sick. I don’t want to loss someone I like. I don’t want to die. Fears are creeping in.
Then I ask, “What can one do about these fears? Does the Bible have anything to say to us concerning the problem of fear? Is there a way to conquer fear and live a triumphant life?” Here are some great scriptures I found.
A. God told Abraham, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Gen 15:1)
B. To Isaac God said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” (Gen 26:24)
C. God spoke through Moses to Israel concerning fear. “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” Ex 14:13
D. God encouraged Joshua, “Be strong and of courageous; do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you where you go.” (Josh 1:9)
E. God sought to encourage the exiles to overcome fear with faith. “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.” (Isa 41:10)
F. David overcame fear because he knew that his God was the Good Shepherd: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
We have always been fearful beings, don’t you agree? To name a few poverty, ill hearth, the loss of God’s care, and all of the other things that threaten life. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus deals with this matter of fear. He makes a few positive suggestions that can help us to conquer fear with faith.
A. Jesus tell us to be confident (Matt. 6:25-26). He uses God’s providential care for the birds of the air to illustrate the fact that if God cares for the sparrows, we can be absolutely certain that he will care for us. Jesus encourages us to believe that the Father God will prevent us from starving to death.
B. Our Lord tells us to accept ourselves (Matt 6:27). Some of us worry ourselves into an agony of anxiety because we are not as we think we ought to be. Jesus says there are some things that people must accept as they are.
C. Our Lord tells us to live by faith (Matt 6:34). Most of the things that we worry about the things that paralyze us with fear never really happen. Today is the tomorrow that worried about yesterday.

Now, Do you live in a mood of fear, anxiety, and depression? Are you afraid of the future?
One can overcome fear through faith in the Christ who is our Savior, Friend and Companion. We need to entrust our past, present, and future into his hands and depend on him. The great God who has been so good to us in the past will continue to be the same in the future.
I pray that each of us live each day by faith in him, and we will discover as the days go by that our fears will be replaced with the faith that will bring joy, confidence, and victory. In Jesus’s name. Amen

Vathanak Heang