There is so much fear all around us today – the threat of terrorism, the failure of the financial institutions, the unsteadiness of Washington, jobs in jeopardy, cancer – and many fears in our personal every-day family lives.

There is so much fear all around us today – the threat of terrorism, the failure of the financial institutions, the unsteadiness of Washington, jobs in jeopardy, cancer – and many fears in our personal every-day family lives.
For some the very thought of getting out of bed in the morning brings fear and doubt of the impending day – and yet, there can be hope in the dawning of the new day, hope in getting through the next 24 hours.
Those who trust in themselves, trust in their own abilities, trust in their own skills and jobs, trust in their bank accounts and investments, those who grit their teeth and attempt to pull themselves up by their own “boot-straps” often find that all their efforts fall short of removing that constant nagging fear of tomorrow.
You who regularly read these articles already know that I’m leading up to quotes from the Bible -- for there is really no other reliable source of strength and solutions in these troubling days.
The Apostle Paul closes the famous eighth chapter of the Book of Romans with these encouraging words, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39). Herein lays our only real source of hope!
We are reminded repeatedly in the Scriptures of the Love of God, expressed in the sinless life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, as the only reliable power that that can keep the hounds of fear from our door.
Surrender, full reliance and dependence on our great God of the universe who made all this, and keeps it running perfectly, is all we need to live a free-from-fear life in these seemingly dark days.
The world can offer no guarantee of a trouble-free life, nor the repeated occurrence of fearful thoughts entering our minds – but, if we surrender our minds to the Lord He will give us all we need to overcome the bad times.
Again we look to the writings of Paul, “Be not conformed to this world -- but be transformed  -- HOW? -- by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).
In the Old Testament we find blessings in this matter, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the waters, that sends out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but  its leaves shall be green – it shall not worry in the year of drought, neither shall it cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7,8).
So we see in these two verses, the person who allows his mind to be “Transformed” by the Lord, and to “Trust and have confidence in the Lord” he will be Blessed by the Lord and have his fears removed. The transforming act of surrendering to the Lord is to receive from Him the “Peace of Mind” that will alleviate the fear that has beset him.
The Psalmist shares with us, “When I said, my foot is slipping, Your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” (Psalm 94:18,19) -- not only Peace of Heart but also the Joy of the Lord!
Then the Apostle John encourages us with quoting Jesus assurance, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you -- not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Again we see that this freedom from fear – this Peace that allays our fears -- comes only from God, through the Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing in this world that comes even close to this – there is no earthly force by nature, by religion, nor by man, that can have the healing power that the Lord’s compassion will have.
We are told in the Old Testament, “If you will not believe, you will not be established” (Isaiah 7:9) – and – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding – in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
In the story of the Lord calming the storm in Mark chapter 4, Jesus rebuked the disciples when they feared the ship would go down, “Why are you so fearful – how is it that you have no faith” (Mark 4:40). Remember, in this instance He already had told them, “Let us CROSS OVER to the other side” (Mark 4:35), guaranteeing them safety. If they had believed Him they would have known that He had already made provision for a complete and successful trip.
Do not allow Fear to overcome Faith – Remember Christ’s words –
“Be Of Good Cheer – Do Not Be Afraid” (Matthew 14:27) - and that is for EVERY situation!
For more information or counseling contact Pastor Bruce R. Burke at Open Bible Ministries, 263 Edgefield Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436 ; phone (570)698-7890; cell, (570)470-3760  or e-mail