Body Language – The God Who Comforts
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Fear causes us to run.
Mark 6:48-50 (NIV) He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Terrified- To set in motion what needs to remain still
Jesus comes to comfort us, not to scare us.
How we see Jesus can determine our response to fear.
3 Things You Have to Know:
1. Know that God can use bad situations for His good.
Romans 8:28 And we KNOW that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
2. Know how to be thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.
3. Know that God is with you.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.