Where does my help come from?

James Dibben —  August 2, 2012
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For some reason, yesterday at work I experienced something I have not experienced in a while.

I had an overwhelming sense of fear and anxiety pour over me. I could not explain it. For some strange reason I felt something was just not right.

I went to my computer at my desk and pulled up YouVersion, and did a search for “do not fear“.

Here are my favorite verses from yesterday.

Deuteronomy 3:22 (NASB)
Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.

1 Peter 3:14 (NASB)
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,

Isaiah 51:7 (NASB)
“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, A people in whose heart is My law; Do not fear the reproach of man, Nor be dismayed at their revilings.

Matthew 10:28 (NASB)
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (NASB)
The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

1 Chronicles 22:13 (NASB)
Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed.

1 Chronicles 28:20 (NASB)
Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.

Matthew 10:31 (NASB)
So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

I could have kept reading for a while. There are a lot of verses in God’s word about fear.

After finishing these verses I was completely free of any fear or anxiety. The day went off without a hitch.

God’s word, the bible, is the most powerful tool we can pick up. It needs to be where we turn any time we feel an attack of the enemy coming at us.

Nothing serious happened to me yesterday. It was not because it was a false alarm. It was because I claimed the truth of God over my situation.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?

My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

James Dibben

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James is absolutely passionate about men's ministry. It is his belief than every man has been ordained by God to achieve great things for the kingdom of heaven.

3 responses to Where does my help come from?

  1. I love that verse in Psalms. And it brings to mind this passage of scripture from the time after a bunch of Jesus’ followers left him because of the things He was preaching:

    John 6: 66-68 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”

    There can be something very comforting about having that attitude, that no matter how awful things are we have Jesus. To whom else can we go? No one. No one but Jesus has the answers we really need and whether He is quickly forthcoming or we have to wait and meditate on the words He has already given us then we should take comfort in abandoning our fate entirely to the hands of the Lord.

    • Such a great passage of scripture, Carl.

      I absolutely love Peter’s response to Jesus.

      It is interesting how Jesus asked that question of the disciples. He knew what they were thinking.

      Maybe He needed some encouragement, or maybe He wanted the disciples to hear out loud their own thoughts.

      I know that sometimes I need to be reminded, out loud, where my source of strength really comes from.

      • Me too! I was listening to the guys on K-Love talk about “worry” yesterday and how in some instances worry is a result of our own arrogance in wanting/trying to take on everything ourselves, not wanting to relinquish control, and then getting into a mess. I certainly see that happening a lot over the course of my life. The minute I get my eyes on the circumstances and start trying to figure out ways that “I” can deal with them then the anxiety rushes in like a flood. I do believe God expects us to use the good sense He gave us but I think I make a mistake when I don’t go to Him first, give the situation to Him, and ask Him to reveal to my heart and mind what, if any, actions need to be taken. I think more often than not the actions he wants us to take during worry/fear is to stop being fearful and to trust Him. Its hard on the ol’ flesh to trust someone else, even that Someone, to come to your aid vs. trying to fix things yourself.