The scripture in a devotional book I have by Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian Holocaust survivor that survived prison, the other day was Hebrews 13:5 which says Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE. Hebrews 13:6 says
So that we may boldly say, THE LORD IS MY HELPER, AND I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN SHALL DO UNTO ME. Being in jail, Corrie was probably tempted with covetousness of things people not in jail had. Covetousness is dangerous. Wanting what someone else has at a level where it causes jealousy is bad.
I have had to learn to be content with the things God has allowed me to have and the things He has not allowed me to have. God knows what we can handle. God allows us to miss out and go through trials for a reason. Trials become testimonies and triumphs. I am thankful for every trial God has sent. I am thankful for the things I have and the things I don't.
God said He would never leave us or forsake us. His Spirit is our Counselor. His Spirit is always present. He did not leave the Hebrew boys in the firey furnace alone. He walks with us. He is our always present help. Jesus tells us that we should not fear the man that can physically harm us, but one that can physically destroy us through death and also that has the power to send us to hell. We should not fear what man can do.
The Bible tells us that God did not give us the spirit of ungodly fear. Fear of God is good. Fear of anything else is bad. Fear inhibits us from operating as God's vessels to the fullest of our abilities. God will give you the power to do whatever He wants you to do. He will not ask you to do anything you can't. One main thing keeping us from doing what God wants us to do is fear. I deal with fear. Many that are reading this deal with fear. However, by the power of the Holy Ghost, we can have power, love, and a sound mind.
Jason Oller is a member of the Apostolic Lighthouse in Minden.