Carmel UMC


Do Not Fear

02.13.17 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier

Do Not Fear

    Years ago while my son was early elementary aged, I was working my shift as a nurse in ICU when I received a call that he had to be administered syrup of ipecac for something he had gotten into. I cannot describe the fear I felt at the moment!!!  But looking back later, one thing I was thankful for was that there had been an immediate antidote available!!

    As I talked about fear on Sunday, faith is the antidote for fear. Fear contradicts faith. While fear says, "If this happens, I won't be okey," faith says, "Come what may. I will be okay because of God.".  The antidote for fear is the promise of God's presence. So if you are feeling any fear, let this Scripture be something you read and say over and over so that it will take hold of your heart...           

    "He has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?''   Hebrews 13:5-6

    The Lord seldom seems further away than when your heart is filled with fear. 

    This promise of faith to overcome fear sustained John Wesley, founder of Methodism, even on his deathbed. The loved ones surrounding Wesley as he left this life attested that he articulated what was most precious to him: "The best of all is, God is with us." These were Wesley's final words, welling up from the depths of his soul. 

    Begin to conquer your fears today with faith in God!!

    Blessings, Patti

    Rev. Patti Napier
    Senior Pastor
    Carmel UMC