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Fear not

Fear not

By: Rev. Eddie Mallonee

The Messenger. 12.20.07
Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association
Christmas time can be a time of mixed emotions. We want it to be a time of peace and joy. However, because of what we are going through as an individual or as a family, confusion can be mixed with our peace and anxiety mixed with our joy. That is why we need to go back to the Christmas story and hear the words spoken over and over again by the angels. Those reassuring words, “Fear Not,” can bring a lot of comfort and strength for whatever we may be facing.
The Christmas story says to those in doubt … “fear not.” That is what the angel of the Lord said to Zacharias in Luke 1:13. Zacharias and his wife had been praying for a child and there had been no answer to their prayer. They were well stricken in years and had lost hope that there would be an answer. This caused Zacharias to doubt God. Maybe you have been praying a prayer where you have seen no answer. Remember that faith involves a time factor as well as a trust factor. Christmas says to us in times of doubt to “fear not.”
Another episode in the Christmas story says to those who are devoted … “fear not.” An angel appeared unto Mary and spoke those calming words. She was so pure and devoted. The news was given to her that she was pregnant with the Son of God. She was a teenager already engaged to Joseph and yet the child was not his. We can be devoted to God and find ourselves in some trying situations. It is during those times that God says to us, “fear not.”
Joseph also received those words in Matthew 1:20. His encounter with an angel reminds us that the Christmas story says to those who are disappointed … “fear not.” Joseph received the news that the one to whom he was engaged was expecting a child. The news turned his world upside down. He had such high hopes, but the news was devastating and disappointing. It was at that moment the angel brought those word, “fear not.” What kind of disappointments are you dealing with this Christmas? Maybe it is a financial setback, a bad report from the doctor or a job lay-off. Hear the comforting words of Christmas, “fear not.”
The shepherds were the recipients of those words. Their encounter with the angel tells us that the Christmas story says to those in darkness … “fear not.” They were keeping watch over their flock by night and the angel of the Lord spoke those words in a time of darkness. You might be in spiritual darkness. Maybe you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You have nothing to fear. Let Him forgive you of your sins. The angel declared, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Let those words of the first Christmas speak to your heart today. Open your heart and give the Lord the attention of your ears. Hear the Lord say to you in your circumstances, “fear not.”
Rev. Eddie Mallonee
Union City Second Baptist Church

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