FEAR NOT!

 

There is a lot going on in the world around us these days that could cause one to be afraid and wonder what is happening?  Yet God, throughout the scriptures, commands us to "fear not!"  It is as though he is mocking us when He says today through His servants, "What are you afraid of?"  What am I afraid of?  There are people being killed in schools, churches and in the streets.  Fear is all around us!  Yet God would still say "fear not".  Why would he tell us to "fear not" and ask "what are you afraid of" when He knows what is going on all around us?  Because he knows that those that trust in Him having nothing to fear but Him.

Fear is a Spirit
Paul wrote in 2nd Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  Have you ever heard the saying "paralyzed with fear?"  The reason a person can be paralyzed is fear puts us into bondage.  Paul writing in Romans chapter 8, verses 14-15 states, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption , whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

Jesus came to set the captives free and loose us from our bondages.  In fact, fear is the opposite of faith, and faith is a spirit.  Paul in 2nd Corinthians chapter 4 is writing about how he was persecuted and how his life manifested the resurrected Jesus Christ and in the first part of verse 13, he states, "We have the same spirit of faith..."  There is not room in our hearts for both fear and faith.  If you are in fear, you are not in faith.  If you are in faith, there is no fear.

You can read in Romans (and other teachings on this website) how faith comes by hearing the word, and specifically, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Again, the gospel being the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

There is No Fear in Love
Jesus in John 14:23 said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words:  and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."  Read the intervening verses, but in the last part of verse 27 he says, "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."   These are his words that we need to keep. 

Jesus speaking through his servant, said in 1st John 3:23, "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."   He then defines love further in 2nd John, verses 5 and 6, "And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.  This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." 

When we walk in love, the Father and Son dwell in us and we have the kingdom of God in us.  "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."   (Romans 14:17).  Walking in faith and love produces peace and joy.   Walking in fear produces torment, which is a facet Satan's ministry.

John continues on in his first epistle, chapter 4, verse 18,  "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment.   He that feareth is not made perfect in love."  The word perfect is complete.  If we are in fear, our love is not yet complete or mature.

Fear No Man
David in Psalm 56:3-4 prays, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.   In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me."  And continuing on in verses 9-11, "When I cry (out) unto thee, then shall my enemies turn back:  this I know; for God is for me.  In God will I praise his word:  in the Lord will I praise his word.   In God have I put my trust:  I will not be afraid what man can do unto me."

David walked in the love of God and he trusted in God and was not afraid to cry out to God when fear came upon him.  And fear will come!  We just don't have to yield to it.  David wrote in Psalm 118, verses 5-6, "I called upon the Lord in distress:  the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.   The Lord is on my side; I will not fear:  what can man do unto me?"   He said he will not fear.  He used his will to not yield to fear.  This means to fear or not fear is a decision.  We can decide (will) to not fear.  We have to decide to trust God.

Fear God
God the Father commanded us to fear Him.  In the second to the last verse (chapter 12, verse 13) in the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon said, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments:  for this is the whole duty of man."

Why should we fear God?  We need to humble ourselves and realize that we are but dust that God breathed life into to make us living souls.  As He is the Creator and we are the creation, we should fear the one who could take away our breath (and life) just as easy as He gave us life.  Throughout the Psalms and Proverbs, the Spirit of God speaks about fearing God.  I will repeat a few of them here:

   The fear of man bringeth a snare:  but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. (Proverbs 29.25)
   Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.( Psalm 33:18)
   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom... (Psalm 111:10)
   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge... (Proverbs 1:7)
   But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Proverbs 1:33)

The Promises in Psalm 91
Read Psalm 91 and ask God for understanding.  It starts out in verse 1 by saying, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."  If we dwell in the presence of God, we live in His shadow and He will be our refuge and fortress (verse 2) and will deliver us from the snare of the fowler (Satan) and from the noisome pestilence (verse 3).

My love is still being perfected and fear of man still comes upon me.  But I have come to see (by the Spirit of God opening my eyes) that there is nothing in this earth to fear.  "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.   A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways".  (Verses 5-11).

The rest of this Psalm goes on to say God will deliver us in times of trouble because we set our love upon Him.  These are awesome promises.  All we have to do is believe it and trust in God.  There is peace and joy in knowing that evil will be present, people will even die around me, but it will not come upon me or my househould.

Jesus warned us of the things that would come upon the earth.  He spoke of wars, earthquakes, pestilences and fearful sights.  There will be signs in the sun and moon and that, "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:  for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" (Luke 21:26).  So it shouldn't be a suprise that the earth is filled with violence. Jesus warned us almost 2,000 years ago that it would come.

If you can get a revelation of the promises in this Psalm, it will change your life.  You must seek the Lord and His righteousness.  Mix your faith with the gospel of the Lord Jesus and the benefits are peace and joy with long life in the midst of adversity.  Hallelujah!

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