When we encounter fears and dangers on the turbulent waters of this human scene, is there anything we can turn to for help? Christ Jesus taught his followers that all have a Devine Parent whom he called our Father. He proved that this Father. He proved that this Father is always present to protect and save when we turn to Him in prayer.
In His own life Jesus was supremely conscious of this healing and sustaining presence of God when he was tempted by the Satan, when he was threatened by a hostile mob, when he was in danger from a severe storm at sea. In every case he was protected: His consciousness of the presence of God excluded the fear of danger.
Trust in God, based on the understanding of His nature, enables us to surmount fear. We need to feels God’s presence more consistently through prayer, through quiet listening for His pure thoughts and affirmation of His absolute supremacy. God is all-power, the one mind, guiding and protecting His creation, and we can come to feel and prove this.
In the Bible, the prophet represents God as saying, “I the Lord thy God will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you.’
Here’s an example of knowing God’s presence is with us: Last week after I finished grocery shopping, I was bringing them in the house. I was hot and tired. The last trip to the car I thought “I can get all these groceries and save some time.” I suddenly heard a voice an unction if you will, to not do it, just do the second trip to the car. Which I ignored, I managed to get to my cement steps without dropping anything, but as I was trying to haul everything up the stairs I missed a step and fell, when I did I managed to break my ankle in two places and my foot.
Last night I was praying and asking God “why did this happen to me” like poor me. I heard Him say, “if you have listened you would not be in this predicament right now. I then remembered that unction that I should have not tried to make one trip with the rest of the groceries. I should have listened and obey the words God said. Be conscious of the warnings that come from the Father. He will keep you safe.
In Isaiah 41:13. The Bible tells us the God is Spirit. Therefore He is not limited to a certain area where, as a result, there is safety. God, by virtue of His nature as Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love, is present everywhere, and man can never be outside the safety of His presence. God is all: there is no other presence, no other power. This truth, as we perceive it, enables us to gain mastery over the fear of danger and over danger itself.
God is everywhere. There is no speech not language, where their voice is not heard and this voice is truth that destroys error and Love that casts out fear.
I have a friend that is filled with fear at the thought of traveling on the water. This fear was associated with her father that had tried to drown her when she was young. She would never go by the water or on a boat if she could possibly help it. This fear in her was contributed by choking and making herself vomit every time she was near water.
A bunch of us friends decided to go boating at the lake one weekend. She realized that life long fear had to be surmounted. She began to see that even in the confines of a small boat she was in the presence of God. How could that presence bring anything but joy and peace. She knew that God was in perfect control of His Spiritual Universe, and that she and her friends could experience that control every day. We prayed when we got to the lake and the mini vacation proved to be a great success. My friend didn’t choke or become nauseous. God’s presence can dispel fear.
Perception of His presence reveals that true and unfailing nature of our security. God’s man-our actual selfhood is utterly safe, now, for there is nothing to fear in the safety of God’s presence, from which we are inseparable.
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid for the Lord…is my song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall we say, Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. -Isaiah 12:2-4-