Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fear--Not Always A Great Motivator ~ Part 3

“For the mountains may be removed and hills may shake, but My lonvingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the Lord who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

I am so loving this study I am doing on the covenants of the Bible! I am so loving the timing of this study in quieting my heart before God!

“My covenant of peace will not be shaken”

Everything that we see around us seems quite a bit shaky right now, doesn’t it? The economy, the financial markets, our jobs or businesses, retirement funds... But even before all of the uneasiness of the past several months, life has always thrown “wrenches” into our system. Whether it be the nation as a whole or the world of my own household. This is life here on this earth—unstable, unpredictable, unfair, uneasy, unplanned and often times so unlike what we thought things were going to be like.

Anxiety sneakily creeps in to the midst and as the worry grows, so grows our fear. So grows the opportunity once more where our decisions, our attitudes, our emotions—all being fed by this fear—motivate us and not God.

Look at that covenant promise—that unbreakable “regardless of what is going on in the world or even in my own heart” covenant promise—that God has made with us...


God holds us in the palm of His hand. He is holding me right now in the palm of His hand! He loves me so much that He willingly sacrificed His Son of no sin, no evil, no equal for me to live within this place of peace, trusting Him exclusively and completely with my life.

This God will not be shaken!

Is that enough? Is God enough?

I am asking myself today—is God enough? If God were to allow me to be sifted as He did Job...would only having God in the end be enough for me? Would it be enough for you?

We each have to make that decision in our own hearts before it can be entrenched firmly in our walk.

Once I have established that God alone is enough for me, then I am strengthened to journey confidently, trustingly in that faith. Being motivated by faith and not fear.

I read this devotional and found that it fit exactly into what I am trying to learn today...

“Am I going to let my heart be drawn into a place of worry and fear over all this instability? Or will I quiet my soul and calmly proclaim, ‘Jesus is my Provider and He is enough.’

I don't know what kinds of twists and turns might come during my life journey. But, I know the only way to travel with a joyful peace is to settle in my heart the answer to this question once and for all. So, today, I declare Jesus is enough. Before I even know in what way this declaration will be tested, I've made the decision to say it, believe it and settle it.” Lysa Terkeurst

He always has been, is and always will be “enough”. But we have to make the decision to say it, believe it and settle it within ourselves....or not. Oh...that free-will opportunity once more. Not to do so does not change the fact that He is. But it does change me and what motivates me. It does decide whether or not I am settled in that unshakeable peace He has committed to me.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline (sound judgment).” 2 Timothy 1:7

Am I motivated by power, love and sound judgment? Or am I motivated by fear?

“I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12b

I know whom I believe and I am convinced that He is enough!