Monday, October 17, 2016


So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” John 6:19‭-‬20 NKJV

I talk to a lot of people who live their lives in fear for so many things.  People are afraid of people, of the dark, of heights, of germs, of animals, of certain foods, etc.  The list could go on and on.

This is not the spirit of Jesus because he has said over and over to us to not be afraid and to not worry about life.

Look at these verses that deal with fear in the Bible:

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26 NKJV

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Mt 14:27 NKJV

But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” Mt 17:7 NKJV

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Mark 5:36 NKJV

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 NKJV

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah , the Lord , is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ” Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

These and other scriptures remind us that  Jesus with me, and He has all the power.

God is not just the God of the top; He is also the God of the bottom. He has not lost control and He is totally in charge.

Someone once said, "Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due."  We worry and fret about so many things when God has given us the power and the authority to overcome fear and worry.

I've learned over the years God responds to courage that is demonstrated in the midst of fear.  He  comes alongside us and gives us the strength we need to make it through whatever  is paralzying and holding us back.

God is your refuge from fear. 

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. 
2 Samuel 22:3 NKJV

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

Christ will restore back to you everything you lost as a result of sin’s power in your life.

With God, there is no boundaries, just possibilities.  He will loosen the lines of boundary in your life and open up a world of possibility so that you can walk freely without fear of today or tomorrow.

We are His kids and He's waiting and wanting to rescue and deliver us from fear.  We live under the shadow of the Almighty.

Through God we will do valiantly, For it  is He who shall tread down our enemies. Ps 60:12 NKJV

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, Ro 8:37‭-‬38 NKJV

You don't need to be afraid of tomorrow because God will take care of every need you might have right now and tomorrow.

Oh, fear the Lord , you His saints! There  is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Ps 34:9‭-‬10 NKJV

God is Master in times of disaster.  Your overwhelming need right now is in the palm of His hands.  God's got this!

I have been young and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging for bread. Psalm 37:25

I've been around for a lot of years.  I've seen just about every thing there is to see.  I've been in more difficult and ugly and tight situations than you can imagine. 


"I've never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging for bread."

God has always brought me through and has calmed every fear.  The world may rise and fall but God is still in charge.

Here is one of my favorite verses -  I've memoriezed it and I've tried to live it truths in my day by day life.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

May God give you peace, love and sound mind today.

"Be not afraid..."

Monday, October 10, 2016


And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”  But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:47‭-‬52 NKJV

I recently watched the show "America's Got Talent" and was totally amazed by some of the acts that were on the program.  In fact,  like many American's I still can't figure how any of what they did or how they did it.

It is interesting - the scriptures tell us that "all who heard Him (Jesus) were atonished/ amazed at His understanding and answers.

If you were to study out the scriptures of where people were amazed or astonished about Jesus you would find that it is 41 times in New Testament.

In this passage - Jesus became separated from his parents as he stayed in the temple and sat with the Jewish leaders of whom were all "amazed" at his undertanding.

Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

As I write this I'm asking the question - "When is the last time I have been in awe and in amazement of who Jesus is.  That feeling of being speechless and dumbstruck of who and what Jesus has done and what He is doing right now in my life.

Life tends to dull our senses and we get "used" to what once was awe inspiring and majestic.

I remember first moving to the state of Washington and living in the city of Bremerton - a city surrounded by three sides of water with the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains behind it.

When I first arrived and drove around the city - I couldn't keep my eyes off the beauty of the water and the mountains.  It was absolutely gorgeous.

But after living there for a while - I got used to the scenery and my commute to work every day became monotonous and boring.  I was no longer amazed by its grandeur and beauty.

In the life of Jesus - people were initially amazed and astounded by the miracles that Jesus did but after a while they were no longer moved by who He was or what He was doing.

He was just another man.

As they became familiar with Him - He just became another man and they didn't see His Him for who He truly was.
People today will acknowledge that there is a God and even say that they believe in Jesus but they no longer allow Him to change their lives and are no longer in wonder and amazement of who He is.

The outcomes that happened a long time ago and don’t impress us at all any more.

When we want to be amazed or astonished we can watch a movie, a TV show and even the news and see things that just a few years ago were not possible.

-People regularly go into outer space to work.
-We can have light when ever we want it with a flip of a switch.
-We can see people that are healed after horrible accidents and illnesses.

So how in the world can the story of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel- God with us ever get the attention of mankind again?

Folks, it has to start with US. If we are not astonished and amazed by what God did….
If we are not ecstatic over what was done my the actions of Jesus Christ for you and me….

Then No one else that hears the story will consider it to be anything more that JUST A STORY!

Real Amazement comes for the realization that not a one of us can qualify to enter into to the presence of God and nothing we do short of recognizing the actions of Jesus can even fix us.

But there is always the worry that it is some sort of magic trick. Some sort of catch.

That some how we have been fooled and we sit back and look for the flaws in the plan the loop holes in the awards program.

And when we do, we are giving up on faith. We are failing to trust God.

We start to unconsciously believe that our relationship with God allows us to make all the choices. Over time we get to focus what we will and won’t do based on our personal preferences.

When we think we are mature in our faith, when we think this is our church, when we decide your needs and desires are most important then we are no longer impressed with Jesus.

When we are not amazed at what he has already done and is doing in our lives then we start to live earthly …selfish lives.

We stop sharing the Good news.

We stop having visitors.

We stop going to any “special trouble: to glorify God.

In the Gospels the biggest things that amazes me are the numbers of people that Jesus touched, healed, and blessed.

What happened to the ones that were walking on their own two legs for the first time, or the ones that could see after years of darkness?  The Bible indicates to us that they were "amazed."

What has happened to you?

Have you lost your amazement?

Have you lost the astonishment of being in the presence of God?

If you answer yes, then you need to remember that God did not change - you did.

My prayer to you today is that you come back to that place of amazement with God - that His wonder would fill your soul and that you would stand in awe of who God is and what he has done in your life.

Monday, October 3, 2016


For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37 NKJV

Have you ever felt overwhelmed and almost hopeless?  Have you struggled to see your way through the forrest that is before you?  Have you ever been up against something that was so much bigger than your ability to overcome it?

I know I have - many times.

Sometimes life is like a sea of darkness and difficulty.  You are searching for answers only to find no hope for what lies ahead.


A little light shows up and leads you to the place where you are supposed to be.

Can you imagine what was going through the mind of Mary as the angel was revealing to her that she would be the mother of the son of God?  Can you imagine the emotions she must have felt? How overwhelmed she must have been?

Life as she knew it was very oppressive and difficult and hard.  People prayed for the Messiah to come and deliver them from the Roman regime.


An angel showed up and tells her that she would soon be pregnant with the God's son - the Messiah.

I can imagine the emotions she must have felt from excited to very very confused - even to the point of doubting.


The angel says, "Oh, by the way, just to show you that this is true - your relative Elizabeth (you know - the one that is really old), is also pregnant and will soon deliver a son, for nothing is impossible with God."

What a light in the midst of great darkness.  What hope that must have brought.  How thrilled she must have been!

What is your impossible thing today?  What is it that overwhelms you and makes you feel like giving up?  What darkness are you facing that needs an infusion of hope and light in your life?

The reality is this - "There is nothing impossible with God today."  He's got it covered - whatever might be.

Isaiah 55:8-9 - “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord . “For  as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Ps 147:5 NKJV

The truth is this - "God's Got This."  Trust Him to come and speak into your life and lead you through whatever it is that you may be facing.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Nehemiah 5:19 NKJV Remember me, my God, for good, according  to all that I have done for this people.
I’ve been think a lot about legacy and what lasting imprint any of us leaves behind after we’re gone. 

When I think about the legacy of different men - my thoughts go from amazing to absolutely corrupting.

How will you be remembered in life? It’s a big question.  It demands looking at how you are living now and the impact you leaving with people in the wake of your life.

Proverbs 13:22 NKJV - A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

A legacy is defined as (1) money or property bequeathed to another by will or (2) something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past. Legacies are rare and special gifts, from one person to another, from one generation to the next. 

As Christians we should seek to leave a lasting legacy of godliness for those who come behind us.
Proverbs 22:1 NKJV A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

“In our day we live in an age of moral vacuum. It seems like character doesn’t count. To put it candidly, you can sleep around and still be a good brain surgeon. You can cheat on your mate and have little trouble continuing to practice law. Apparently, it is no problem to stay in politics and plagiarize. You can be a successful salesperson and cheat on your income tax. Seeing this we have allowed this attitude to permeate throughout Christianity. The perception is that you can do these things and still be a good Christian. But the reality is you cannot do those things as a Christian and continue enjoying the Lord’s blessing.” – (adapted from C. Swindoll)

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue (moral excellence), to virtue knowledge, 2 Peter 1:5 NKJV

We put a great amount of value on reputation but there is a vast difference between Character and Reputation...

• Reputation is what you are supposed to be; Character is what you are.

• Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; Character is what you have when you go away.

• Reputation is made in a moment; Character is built in a lifetime.

• Reputation grows like a mushroom; Character grows like an oak.

• Your reputation is learned in an hour; Your character is does not come to light for a year.

• A single newspaper report gives your reputation; a life of toil gives you your character.

• Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor; Character makes you happy or makes you miserable.

• Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; Character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.

• Your reputation is what men think you are. Your character is what God knows you to be.

Your Character will impact generations to come.

One man, Max Jukes, did not believe in religion and married a girl of the same opinion. From this union came 1,026 descendants. Studies showed that 300 died prematurely; 100 were sent to the penitentiary; 190 sold themselves to vice; 100 were drunkards,; and the family cost the state of New York $1,100,00.00!
Another man, Jonathan Edwards, believed in God and in his Christian training and married a girl of like character. From that union 729 descendants were studied and they discovered that 300 were preachers, 65 were college professors, 13 were university presidents; 6 authors; 3 U.S. Congressmen and 1 was vice president of the United States

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6‭-‬7 NKJV

2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV -  When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

Daddy had a little boy; His soul was white as snow. He never went to Sunday school cause Daddy wouldn’t go. He never heard the Word of God. That thrills the childish mind, while other children went to class, This child was left behind. As he grew from babe to youth, Dad saw to his dismay, a soul that once was snowy white, Became a dingy grey. Realizing that his son was lost, Dad tried to win him back. But now the soul that once was white had turned an ugly black. Dad even started back to church, and Bible study too; He begged the preacher, "Isn’t there a thing you can do?" The preacher tried, failed, and said "We’re just too far behind; I tried to tell you years ago, But you would pay me no mind." And so another soul was lost, that once was white as snow; Sunday School would have helped, But Daddy wouldn’t go. - Pulpit Helps

May God give you the grace to be remembered "well."

Monday, September 19, 2016


‘In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the Lord , ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Hag 2:23 NKJV 

One of the things I struggled with over the years is my self-confidence and self-esteem. I’ve had two extremes when it comes to this issue - the issue of cockiness pride and the issue of not feeling worthy enough. 

When I was preparing to go out in ministry my dad took me aside and said, “Bill, it’s not going to be easy for you and God is going to make every corner sharp for you.” 

My attitude at the time was, “No way, I’m your first-born son. I’m gifted and called by God - this is going to be a breeze.” 

How wrong I was. 

I never realized that God had prepared a path for me that was filled with a lot of pain and suffering. He prepared a path that would knock the pride and cockiness out of me. It was a slow journey and one that at times was not very pleasant but effective. God knew exactly what it was that I needed to become His servant in ministry. 

On the other hand, at times I dealt with a lack of confidence and had low self esteem. The pendulum seems to go from one end to the other. I would compare myself to others and often feel like such a failure when came to ministry. I would beat myself up and put myself down and often ended up in depression. 

Needless to say, God has had His hands full in dealing with me. As I have often said, “I feel like an onion that has all these layers that needs to be peeled off. And, when you get to the end - it still stinks. 

I’m SO thankful for God’s grace and mercy to put up with my up’s and down’s, high’s and low’s. 

The verse at the beginning of the blog says that God will make us His “signet ring” because He has “chosen” us. 

Think about that - a signet ring! 

Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. 

 A signet ring was used to seal a stone covering the lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” (Daniel 6:17). 

It is important to understand who Zerubbabel is. He is the governor of the rebuilt Jerusalem and is himself of royal blood, being a descendant of David and the grandson of Judah’s King Jehoiachin. 

Years earlier, Jehoiachin had lost his throne when he was deported to Babylon; in fact, God pictured Jehoiachin as a signet ring being removed from God’s finger (Jeremiah 22:24). 

Now, God calls Zerubbabel the “signet ring,” but this time it won’t be removed. 

 In Haggai’s prophecy, God is giving Zerubbabel encouragement and hope. The governor is “chosen” for a unique and noble purpose. He is special to God. 

As God’s signet ring, Zerubbabel is given a place of honor and authority. Zerubbabel was an important leader involved in the reconstruction of the Jewish temple. God says that he was special to God and that God had great plans for him. He was His “signet” ring - special and important to God. 

Perhaps you have felt that way in your life - unimportant, a failure, a mess. You are always down on yourself and you don’t consider yourself very special to anybody, let alone God. 

But the truth is this - you are special and you are important and you are God’s “signet” ring today. He has a great plan and purpose for your life. He loves you just the way you are. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11 NKJV

Monday, September 5, 2016


Over my lifetime I’ve had to deal with some anger issues that pop up every once in awhile.  As a child it was more pronounced but as an adult it still comes and goes and I still have to deal with the results - that inner stewing that sometimes results in sleepless nights and thoughts that swirl in my mind over and over.

I end up moody and grumpy with everyone around me. I hate it!

We all get angry, but we do so in different ways. Some of us explode. Others simmer silently. But none of us is immune. It’s a very normal human reaction.

Jesus got angry. In the Old Testament it says 375 times that God got angry. The Bible says, “In your anger, don’t sin.”

There’s a right way and a wrong way to get angry. How do you deal with anger appropriately?  Here are some helpful thoughts that just might help you out today.
1. Understand Why You Get Angry.
The better you understand yourself, the better you’ll be able to control your anger. Anger is simply a warning light. It isn’t your real problem. It says that something much deeper is wrong.

- Sometimes it’s pain. If you hit your thumb with a hammer, you’re going to get angry. If you get hurt emotionally, you’ll get angry as well.

In a study of people who have been divorced, one out of three people, slightly more than one-third of men and women after 10 years, still feel ‘intense feelings of anger’ associated with the former marriage.” Why? Divorce hurts. The deeper your pain, the deeper your anger. When you deal with your hurt, you’ll deal with your anger.

- Sometimes it’s frustration. We often get angry when nothing seems to work, we don’t get our way, or we’re forced to wait. Instead of letting frustration turn to anger, we need ask ourselves, “Is this really worth getting angry over?”

- Other times it’s insecurity. We’re angry because we feel threatened. We feel like an animal being backed into a corner. This doesn’t have to be physical. It could come when our self-worth is attacked, when we’re embarrassed, or when we’re criticized.

2. What’s Causing Your Anger?

Before you can beat anger, you’ve got to know where it comes from.

- Look to God not others for your self-worth.
A sense of self-worth is essential to controlling anger. Insecure people are easily angered. Confident people are not. When you have a sense of self-worth, you can handle hurt, frustration, and insecurity much easier.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:21, “Don’t pay attention to everything people say.” The more insecure we are, the more we depend on the opinions of others to feel good about ourselves. If you’re insecure and someone says something bad about you, anger will follow because your self-worth is dependent upon the approval of others.

- If you want to overcome anger, you can’t get uptight when people criticize you.

How do you get that kind of self-confidence?

Proverbs 14:26 (GNB) says, “Reverence for the Lord gives confidence and security to a man.”

To overcome anger, believe what God says about you. Believe that he has a plan and purpose for your life. When you remember that, you won’t blow up when someone criticizes you.
3. Stop And Think Before Reacting.
Put your mind in gear before you engage your mouth. Often, when we’re angry, our mouth is moving way before we’ve thought about what we’re saying.

Proverbs 16:23 (GNB) says, “Intelligent people think before they speak.”

Because angry words come so easily, thinking is a key to anger management. You need to learn to delay your response.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “If you’re angry, count to 10. If you’re very angry, count to 100.”

You might think you can’t help blowing up, but you can! Anger is a choice. You get angry because you want to get angry. It feels good to get angry. You are responding how you choose to respond. Since you have a choice, choose to wait before reacting!
4. Learn To Relax.
Proverbs 14:30 (TLB) says, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.”

Temper and tension always go together. Deadlines tend to bring out the worst in us. They make us more irritable.

I’m usually a relaxed guy, but once a week I get PMS – Pre-Message Syndrome. Every weekend I get nervous. What do I have to say to those folks I’m preaching to? Gratefully my wife lets me drive to church in my own car. It has avoided so many irritating experiences!  

Some of you are wound so tightly that anything ticks you off. It’s week after week of tension, and you’re wondering why you’re yelling at your loved ones when you get home.   

5. Continually Ask God For Help.

Most importantly, you need God’s help to overcome anger. The first four fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 are love, joy, peace, and patience. You need those if you’re going to overcome anger.

When the world puts pressure on you and you feel squeezed, what’s inside of you is going to come out. When you’re filled with the Spirit of God, love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control will come out.
Anger is just a warning light for a deeper issue – whether it’s frustration, insecurity, or something else. God wants to help you with that deeper issue. Will you let him?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22‭-‬24 NIV
One of the things that drives my heart every day is the mercies of God.  I know I don’t deserve His love or His forgiveness but I am overwhelmed that every day His mercies are new every morning.

God doesn’t or hasn’t given up on me.  He always remains faithful.  That mean that everything He says and does is certain.
He is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. He does not fail, forget, falter, change, or disappoint. He says what He means and means what He says.

In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged and the boy ran off to school.

Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties.

Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.

Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble. He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.

One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?” “Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable,” and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.

Samuel set his jaw and kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a firefighter tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble. Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?” The firefighter left and Samuel kept digging.

All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging. Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins. But, Samuel just kept working. He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!” Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again. Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa?”

Samuel began to dig furiously. Finally he could see his son. “Come on out, son!” he said with relief. “No,” Armand said. “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.” Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared. Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!”

Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.

How much more faithful is our heavenly Father! Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness. He is true to His character. He is reliable and trustworthy and can be counted on always.
Look at these passages on the faithfulness of God and allow them to go into your spirit this morning…

Exodus 34:6: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Deuteronomy 7:9: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations…”

Deuteronomy 32:4: “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”

Joshua 21:45: “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”

Psalm 25:10: “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful.”

And, as Psalm 89:8 reminds us, “O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”

These verses, when taken together, establish that God’s faithfulness is not some minor or secondary part of His character. To say that God is faithful goes to the very core of who He really is. If He didn’t keep His Word, He wouldn’t be God.
You can trust God to be faithful in your life today.  It may seem that He has been distant and far away but God is here right now and His mercies are new every morning.  He was with you when you went to bed last night and He is with you today and will help you face whatever is before you.