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"Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always"

An oft heard fear of a seated disciple is "how do I know God is with me?" Hours and hours of encouraging words can not unseat the fear in a seated disciple. No amount of steering will change the direction of a parked car. A fear is a lie, but a lie left unchallenged may as well be true.

To discover the presence of the Lord, one must go where the Lord is present. He is among the outcast, the poor, the discouraged, the sick, the demonized. Christ walks the streets now in Spirit, as He once walked in the flesh. His disciples followed Him out and did as He did following HIm closely. Not one disciple worried about being without Christ, because they were with Him and were sent by Him.

The apostle John said, "Perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment." Fear is a bondage word. Fear is used to paralyze. If God's love flows into us, we will have freedom, but only if that love continues to flow through us to others. Facing our fears in service to Christ is one the strongest way to allow the perfect love of Christ to cast fear out.

Disciples cannot follow if they are sitting. Rise, take up your bed and you will find strength to walk away from the fear of missing Christ. Jesus will never leave you, but you will only know that by walking with Him wherever, whenever, and to whomever to share the good news God has given you.

Scriptural Context

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (17) When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. (18) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. -Matthew 28:16-20 NKJV