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No Fear In The New Year

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

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Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. —Isaiah 43:1

Hours before 2007 began, some friends of ours in the UK were aboard
their boat, anticipating the arrival of the new year, when a violent
storm struck. But they were able to send us this reassuring note: “John
and Linda are sitting on board the good ship Norna, and happy
to say that we are secure. . . . The wind is storm force ten [48-55
knots]. Hope that all of you have a happy and prosperous new year.”

Jesus’
disciples also encountered a stormy experience. They were on the Sea of
Galilee when a windstorm whipped up (Mark 6:48). The storm was so
violent that despite being experienced fishermen who knew the lake
well, they feared for their lives. But Jesus walked out to them and
saved them.

No one can predict with certainty how stormy the new
year will be. We do know, though, that everyone will face storms. But
we who have Jesus have our future securely moored to Him. Jesus, who
did not fail us in the past, will not fail us in the future.

Lewis Edgar Jones aptly described our situation in his old hymn:

I’ve anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I’ll brave;
I’ve anchored in Jesus, I’ll fear no wind or wave.
I’ve anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save;
I’ve anchored to the Rock of Ages!

How will you fare in the storms of the new year? If you’re anchored in Jesus, you have nothing to fear.  — C. P. Hia

Faith in Christ will keep us steady in the stormy sea of change.

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