Not Fear, for God Is Our Refuge
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
||306, 54, 382, 126
|Confession of Faith
- Fear arises because of trouble so severe it seems that the mountains are carried into the sea.
- The unbelieving world occasions fear in the lives of God’s people.
- In addition, God is pleased to put afflictions into the lives of His people and church (Ps. 44:9ff; Acts 14:22; Heb. 12:7).
- Satan and his host are behind every scheme and every attack to bring sin into the church and in saints.
- What time I am afraid, I must see that God is!
- “God is.”
- “Our refuge and strength.”
- “Our” means that all that God ever was, is and shall be, He is for us, for He is not just an existence, but is what He is for us.
- “Refuge” is a safe shelter or a fortified structure, warm and safe hiding place.
- “Strength” is that which is mighty and powerful.
- “A very present help.”
- “Help” is something that surrounds another in order to provide protection and safety.
- Our cry for help is only satisfied with power to aid and deliver, not with mere advice or sympathy.
- We experience no fear when our faith declares that God is and that He is our refuge and strength.
- Faith (God’s gift to us) has a clear understanding (not a feeling) which arises from Scripture and answers every fear.
- We will not be gripped by unbelieving fear.
- A mighty Fortress is our God, a Bulwark never failing.