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Hepatitis C patients can live beyond fear with Hepatitis C. No matter what stage of Hepatitis C, we can find peace in the storm. Hep C patients face fear but we learn it doesn’t have to rule us because of Jesus Christ. If you’re goal is to live beyond hepatitis C, then begin with your focus.
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.” Psalm 73:23 May I ask you, do you believe it? No, really believe it, with your whole heart. Not just, yea that sounds nice but do you believe it?
How about, “I will fear no evil” It’s tucked smack in the middle of verse 4 of Psalm 23.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of darkness (Hepatitis C), I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me,” (emphasis and addition mine and perhaps yours too). Do you fear Hepatitis C? Do you fear the future? Do you fear treatment? Do you fear?
I’d like to share a story from Max Lucado’s book, Traveling Light, and also included in his book, Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms. Try for a moment to put yourself in this story and look at fear from a new perspective.
I WILL FEAR NO EVIL. How could David make such a claim? Because he knew where to look. “You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Rather than turn to the other sheep, David turned to the Shepherd. Rather than stare at the problems, he stared at the rod and staff. Because he knew where to look, David was able to say, “I will fear no evil.”
I know this fellow who has a fear of crowds. When encircled by large groups, his breath grows short, panic surfaces, and he begins to sweat like a sumo wrestler in a sauna. He received some help, curiously, from a golfing buddy.
The two were at a movie theatre, waiting their turn to enter, when fear stuck again. The crowd closed in like a forest. He wanted out and out fast. His buddy told him to take a few deep breaths. Then he helped manage the crisis by reminding him of the golf course.
“When you are hitting your ball out of the rough, and you are surrounded by trees, what do you do?” “I look for an opening.” “You don’t stare at the trees?” “Of course not. I find an opening and focus on hitting the ball through it.” “Do the same in the crowd. When you feel the panic, don’t focus on the people; focus on the opening.”
Good counsel in golf. Good counsel in life. Rather than focus on the fear, focus on the solution. That’s what Jesus did. That’s what David did. And that’s what the writer of Hebrews urges us to do. “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV.
Don’t measure the size of the mountains; talk to the One who can move it. Instead of carrying the world on your shoulders, talk to the One who holds the universe on his. Hope is a look away.
Focus on giants, you stumble. Focus on God, your giants tumble. Max Lucado
And may I add, Hope is real, He’s holding onto you right now! Rather than focus on fear, Focus on Him.
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