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Exodus 16

There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron. “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”

Anxiety or fear is next. With anxiety, we face the threat of falling apart.

The fear of failure.

We buy in to Murphy’s law where whatever can go wrong will go wrong.

When we are fearful, we are focusing on a future that hasn’t even happened. Dr. David Levy says fear is using our imagination and filling the screen (like a movie screen) with images of dread. “Fear is imagination looking at the future with dread.”  So often this is focusing on what is, undoubtedly,  going to go wrong, though we have no logical reason to think this. But, anxiety is not logical.

When we face fear, we need love. God’s love.By inviting God into our anxiety, we can return to joy with him.

Luke 15

I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’

Disgust happen when we feel we are not worthy. If people only knew the real me.

When we get disgusted at others we can easily fall into the worst sin we can have against another precious human being created in God’s very image. Contempt. When we have contempt for someone we act as if they don’t exist. In other words, we put God on trial and declare him guilty when we treat people with contempt.

ME

Why is contempt so devastating to the person who has contempt?

Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;

    whom will I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life;

    of whom will I be afraid?

Have you ever had a body guard? I did. He was my brother, David. David is 5 years older than me and he is tall and strong and tough. Always has been. In our neighborhood, you didn’t mess around with the younger Hanson brothers because you would have David to deal with.

Now, I wasn’t naive. I didn’t take advantage of this and just try to start trouble so my brother could rescue me. But, on occasion, rescue me he did.

Example? Some kids from another neighborhood were picking on me in our neighborhood and didn’t know David. That was an error in judgement. You see, David was a really good baseball pitcher and there happened to be an apple tree near by. He simply started chucking apples at the kids. They left after getting hit on their backs and back…You get the picture.

What if we all had a body guard, 24/7? We do. He is called, “God.” And he can chuck it faster than anyone. Why is the world would we ever be afraid, when we have most amazing body guard of all?

And God doesn’t just physically guard us. He guards our very souls. Satan is a lot tougher than new kids in the neighborhood and he wants to destroy us. God says, “Nope. Not gonna’ happen.” Call on that God…

Me

Where are places in your life you need a bodyguard God? Call on him frequently today.