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Fear Not

Posted by Yvonne Madison on July 16, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Fear not I am with You

I will help you

I am your God

Fear not I will not fail you

I have redeemed you

I am your God

You never need to tremble

You shall be made ashamed

You need never be confused

And do not be dismayed

Fear not I will favor you

I will strengthen you

I am your God

Fear not I will uphold you

I will shield you

I am your God

I am your God and you are Mine

I have called you by My name

Peace, My peace

Peace be unto you

Fear not.

These are lyrics to a song I recently recorded. I wrote it years ago while going through a difficult time. These words are ministering to me once again. As I write about my situation, I pray you are ministered to also.

About a year ago God had given me a dream. It was of a very personal nature so I cannot share exactly what it was about. But it is very important to me and I became very passionately invloved in prayer, study and following God's lead as I waited for Him to bring the dream to it's fulfillment. After investing months of nurturing and caring for this dream, what seemed the impossible happened. God required me to lay it down.

I struggled with this and even had a hard time believing I had heard from God at all. Then He put me in remembrance of Abraham and how He instructed him to lay his promised son, Isaac on the altar and sacrifice him. So yes, It was God I was hearing from. He also showed me that all my "works" concerning this dream were to be "burned" and all I would see is ashes. But what I couldn't see is that was truly of Him would be refined as pure gold.

I recently read a book by Pastor Jentezen Franklin ("Believe That You Can") and in it he wrote that every God-given dream goes through three stages- birth, death and resurrection. I had seen the birth of my dream. Cirsumstances surrounding the dream now make it look like it is dead- completely dead. I have even doubted there could be any resurrection of this dream. But God is speaking again. He has shown me that a resurrection of the dream He birthed in me, and then brought to a death, is coming.

Here is my dilemma. Afer all the emotion and pain this has put me through, I am almost afraid to believe for it again. I now fully understand how the father of the boy with the mute spirit (Mark 9) felt. He asked Jesus to help him and the answer was, "If you believe, all things are possible to him who believes." The father responded, "Lord, I believe; help me with my unbelief!" I fully believe this dream is from God and that He can do anything...but after all that has happened it is difficult to believe it will happen. Can anyone understand what I am saying?

I am no longer actively pursuing this dream, (remember my works in it are ashes). I pray only as God directs me too. Waiting is not easy, as it hasn't been for the past year. God spoke to me again this morning," Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say on the Lord." (Psalm 27:14). So, difficult as it is, I do choose to believe that God will bring my dream to pass. Hebrews 10:23 reads, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. "

If you are believing for a dream and maybe in the same place I am. Don't lose hope. God is working even when we can't see it. I am not giving up. Don't you give up either. Fear not!

Oh, remember that ultimately Abraham did not actually have to sacrifice Isaac, he only had to be willing to and trust God. I am waiting for my ram in the thicket!

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