"The angels of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them" -Psalms 34:7 NKJV
You may have heard or read that "do not fear" is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. It is no coincidence as God is the author of the Bible. We should fear Him, not man, or anything a man could do to us, including a man made virus yet people fear the virus. They think it is deadly and they need to wear a mask. In the Bible, when people had a contagious disease, they had to stay outside the camp until the disease had run its course or forever as in the case of the leprosy. The authorities in those days didn't make the healthy protective covering. No, I'm not going to write on mask wearing, but this is an example.
I know that there are Christians today who will say, "old testament is for the Jews", but the Hebrew writers wrote that the scriptures is alive and powerful.(Hebrews 4:12) and Paul wrote that is given by inspiration by God. (2Timothy 3:16) You want to read something inspiring? Read the Bible! It has many scriptures of healing, deliverance, salvation and impossible deeds!
Leaving Willmar Times, Marge felt the familiar panic rise up again as she limped out into the cold, dark night. Last night, a silver sedan had sent chills up her spine when the driver slowed just inches from where she waited for the bus—then he or she had sped away. Would that same driver come back? And her leg added to her panic.
This is just an example of healing but necessary about fear. Scripture says that fear brigs torment. If we are not deeply rooted in God's perfected love, it can't wash it out. Satan would love to remove God's love from us. All he would have to do is convince us that God doesn't love us.
"I prayed to God, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears." Psalms 34:4 NLT
Psalms 34 is rich with God's promises and deliverance. He wants to deliver us and protect us. He sends his angels to guard us that we don't even need to fear, but often times we take our eyes off him and onto her surroundings as what Peter did. When he saw the waves, he feared he would drown. He called out to God and just as the scripture said, God delivered him. Sometimes God won't deliver us when we want him and sometimes, we inadvertently give the enemy foothold into our lives.
"After church, Julie surmised she would be safe as they arrived at the house. Eric was with her, and he would protect her, as God would do the same. The ranch seemed to have eyes that bored into her soul.
Even Eric looked uncomfortable. He glanced around as he wrapped an arm around her waist. He didn’t waste time retrieving his keys. He unlocked the door and hurried her inside.
While he checked to make sure everything was intact, Julie scurried up the stairs. Eric was still downstairs. No one was behind or in front of her. Why did she think Drew was waiting for her? God, forgive me for fearing.
She let her breath escape as she entered her room. She removed a pair of pants and pulled them up under the dress then she removed her dress...
“Nothing is amiss.” Eric startled her. “Sorry.”
“Ever since we left the church, I couldn’t help but sense someone watching us, following us.”
Early in my book, they discovered Beth's impostor took the key and they got into fear. They didn't feel safe. Julie thought, "God forgive me for fearing", but she didn't ask him to deliver her. of course, it doesn't hurt to play it safe, but when F(alse) E(xpectations) A(ppears) R(eal) plays a role, the devil comes in like a thief and played on their fear. Her fear? That Drew would rape her.
Even if we allow fear in our lives, God will still deliver us as the scripture states. I invite you to meditate on Psalms 34. Notice that it says the angels encamps around those who fear God? It didn't say around those who fear man. The fear of God is not the same as the fear of man. God wants our reverence and our worship. God frees us from the fears that brings torments. One of my favorite new testament scriptures states, "God's perfected love cast all fear." I am all for that! Let His love cast out your fears and wash it away.
That night, as Julie spent time in prayer, the air chilled. Julie’s ears perked up to any outside sou"Tha"t "That night, as Julie spent time in prayer, the air chilled. Julie’s ears perked up to any outside sounds, but all was quiet. Too quiet. She walked to the window. A woman closed her car door, followed by a man stepping out and leading her to the motel. Across the street, a woman walked her German Shepard, but no lone man. Must be my imagination.
Julie returned to her time in prayer.
A few minutes later, an unexpected knock startled her.
Julie slowed her breath. It was that man. Why would Jesus warn her not to answer?
“Flower delivery!” a young male voice answered.
“What’s taking him long?” Drew muttered under his breath. He had left to deliver the flowers ten minutes ago! Julie should have accepted them by now. Maybe he should have had the note read “From lover boy.” He cackled. His words caught in his throat. Why hadn’t he thought about that? If Eric found out that Julie had moved on, it would destroy him. Ahh, but he wanted her for himself. And his day would come.
The delivery boy had returned with the flowers and the note. Drew lips pressed in straight line. “She won’t accept them. I even told him they were from her new friend. She won’t even answer the door.”
His stomach clenched. What woman would not want flowers? “Did you tell her they were yellow?” He shook his head, and Drew’s heart rate went up. “You should have. They are her favorite.” He prided himself on that knowledge. “Thanks for trying.” He took the flowers and put them in the seat.
The next time, he would succeed." ---from The Past Hunter.
When we pray, we are in that secret place just as Julie was. David wrote that if we abide under the shadow of the almighty, God will protect us. Reciting Psalms 91 won't guarantee protection. It tells us what happens when we abide in Him. If we stay in his presence, God can be our protection. Psalms 31 is a prayer to God, asking him to protect him. He wrote, "Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I can be safe." God protected David and He can protect you. Many people today fear they would get covid. They wear a mask to protect them, or they ask God to protect them, but they still wear a mask (and out in public and in their own cars!) It is understandable if you want to respect people, but we need God's protection more than we need a mask. God is much bigger than something that covers our face, don't you think?
"Show good Christian values and tells of the need to pray" A review from Amazon
As Julie worshipped God, she fell into a trance. The hair on the back of her neck lifted as she had a vision of a man with a man getting off a train. “Who is he?”
“This man wants nothing more than to have you for himself.”
“Is this the same man who stalked me?”
“Yes. And he is back for vengeance.”
“Why? What have I done? Wasn’t he arrested?”
“Eric still loves you, and this man will do anything to destroy him.”
Julie lost her breath. “But he is serving a two-year jail time!”
“That doesn’t matter to him. You must be on guard and continue to abide in me.”
As the vision ended, God gave her the strength to pray. He had protected her before. He would do it again. She was not about to leave Marysville. It had become her home. She had dated Andrew for a year now, and she was ready for a proposal. She had a job she left. It wouldn’t be fair if she left Marysville like she left Montana. God would have her back.
Julie closed her eyes and uttered words no human could understand....
Julie didn't learn about the power of prayer until she met Beth Miller and became friends with her. Julie needed God's protection because her ex-boyfriend's (or was he?) half brother followed her to California all the way from Montana with the intent to harm her. If she didn't seek God's protection by praying and staying in His presence, the villain would win out, and we wouldn't want that, would we?
I am a person of prayer too. My mother taught my sister and I the importance of prayer, but I learn another form of prayer, one that would confound the enemy and could read about that in my books. It's called praying in tongues. 1st Corinthians 14:13-19, Paul wrote that if we pray in tongues, we should also pray in own her language. Praying in the tongues confuses the enemies. he only knows the language of the earth because he is carnal and not spiritual, but the Holy Spirit knows what we are praying. (Read Romans 8).
Prayer should be an important part of every believer's life and I show it in my books. In book one and two Julie needed it for protection, but prayer is not a one way communication. It's a not a wish list where a person prays, "Dear God, please heal my husband, please give me an increase income," etc. Of course God wants to heal, but he wants to speak to you to and see that in my books. You'll see that God speaks to my characters because I know he speaks to me. He speaks to us in more than one ways. (Read Encounter God about the ways God speaks to us)
If you have never spoke in tongues, it starts with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Once you receive that, you are endowed with the language of the Spirit. For more information on Praying in other tongues read Acts 2.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.