FEAR in a dangerous world

Five-Minute-Friday.1Joining the Five Minute Friday community of bloggers today with a one word prompt. With a one word prompt we write for five minutes, unedited.

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God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.        2 Timothy 1:7         


Kate chose this word before the news about the church massacre spread throughout the world.  Do we need to be afraid when we go to worship or Bible study?

I think of the long history of this church in South Carolina; don’t you know those first worshipers had times when they feared for their lives because of their plans, their actions, their beliefs?

We live in a dangerous world where hate can launch a violent attack because of differences in race, belief, ethnicity, place of birth, place of worship. The list goes on and on.

The early Christians had reason to fear for their lives because of their beliefs. The leaders were beaten, put in chains, killed, used for sport in stadiums — on and on.

So how do we trust?  How do we have a spirit of power and love and self-control? I have no easy answers.

I’ve learned through struggles, grief, doubt, and disappointments. Scripture repeats the sentiment over and over.

That’s why we read those verses, memorize them, sing them, post them on the wall, tweet, post on Pinterest, Facebook. Memory fails, faith falters, and seeking God’s face is all that’s left.Trustverse

Today I thank God for

  • unfailing love
  • pursuing our hearts
  • never giving up
  • providing a haven of rest







4 thoughts on “FEAR in a dangerous world

  1. Jenninablog

    I am reading your post today via FMF. I wrote before I read, but was blessed to see we shared the same verse from 2 Timothy. I love how God works like that. I appreciate your thoughts and your encouragement to continue reading God’s word, singing the words to the songs built upon Scripture and godly principles, and to post those things as well. Have a great day.

    1. JoyMartell Post author

      Thanks for stopping by. It is amazing how God’s words can fit into numerous situations and give us another perspective. The older I get the deeper my understanding grows.

  2. Sue Bell

    Just read this today, but perfect timing. I am teaching a ladies class Sunday on Fear of violence.( Using Max Lucado’s book Fearless as a springboard. )
    I will probably quote you.


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