Picture and paraphrase by DiVoran Lites
Isaiah 43, Revelation 1:1-6
I’ll tell you how and why you’re afraid.
Then I’ll tell you how you are redeemed from fear.
You’re afraid when you don’t know what to do.
It may be difficult to admit that you are helpless and know nothing.
You start figuring. What will happen next?
How can you protect yourself and others?
This is how the world, the flesh, and the devil think and act.
Their thoughts are damaging.
You look at the past. Has anything like this happened to you or to anyone you know?
You go online to read everything that remotely applies to the problem.
You listen to the opinions of many counselors.
Some have solid ideas, but some harbor false perceptions,
You try to sort them out.
You remain in a state of the hyper alertness as though you were standing on a highway with cars whizzing by.
You fantasize about crashes, falls, accidents, hospital visits, and dying.
You invite guilt: what did you do to deserve this?
You ask if I am angry with you.
You slip in the miry clay and fall into self-pity.
Fear and worry kill your joy.
Breathe in Spirit
Be still and know that I Am God.
Thank me immediately.
That is my signal to go into action.
That is how I know you want my help.
You can do it from the start and skip all the nonsense.
It’s how I know you value kinship with me more than anything else.
I am able to make everything fresh.
I light your path, one step at a time.
It is the day of freedom, truth, and abundant life.
Watch for miracles. Give and receive love
Rejoice and be glad.
I give all the strength and wisdom you need.
I impart understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, reverence, and obedience: the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Taste and see that I am good.