To Fear or Not
--New English Bible
Heb:2:14: the children of a family share the same flesh and blood; and so He too shared ours, so that through death he might break the power of him who had death at his command, that is, the devil;
15: and might liberate those who, through fear of death, had all their lifetime been in servitude.
16: it is not angels, mark you, that He takes to Himself, but the sons of Abraham.
17: And therefore He had to be made like these brothers of His in every way, so that He might be merciful and faithful as their high priest before God, to expiate the sins of the people.
18: For since He himself has passed through the test of suffering, He is able to help those who are meeting their test now.
This is the greatest news any one could possibly ever hear.
We have been liberated from the fear of death, it says we had all our lifetime been in servitude. One translation says it like this, were subject to slavery all their lives.
But thank God, THANK GOD,
We have been liberated, we have been set free. This is not going to happen one day, it has already happened. Praise God !!!!!
Fear is a terrible thing, it brings torment. Where there is fear, there is no peace, there is no joy, there is no happiness. It is the opposite of trusting in God. You could say it is the same thing as trusting in the devil. When you fear, you put more faith in the devil than in the Word of God. You might say, I donít put my faith in the devil, yet when you fear, you are doing just that.
Fear never helped anyone become victorious. It never helped anyone get over the top. It is always the beginning of defeat. It always leads down the road of failure. Praise God we have been liberated! Praise God we have been set free! We must acknowledge that Godís Word is true, and just plain start acting like what God says is so.
-- Revised Standard
Romans 8:37: No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
It doesnít say we will be more than conquerors some day when we get to heaven, No, it says, We are more than conquerors. Here on this world, NOW. Thatís when. Here is where we need it. We wonít have to worry about it when we get to heaven.
-- Darby's Bible
1 John 4:18: There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has torment, and he that fears has not been made perfect in love.
We know that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost,
Ro.5:5. Says this. So if love the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, and it has, and perfect love casts out all fear, and it does, then why are Christians
still in bondage to fear? thatís a very good question!
One reason is a lack of trust in our heavenly Father, and a lack of confidence in His Word. How do you get that kind of confidence in Gods Word? Well, you have to go to the Word to get the answer. I love the 91st psalm,
Psalm 91:14. Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him:
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
1st of all, you love God, Heís given us the ability to love him, and walk in that love, this is something we have to do. He will never force us to do anything. We have a free will.
We have a free choice, it is our choice and ours alone to make.
Secondly, we have to acknowledge his name.
Acknowledgement is more than just saying something, although that is part
of it, true acknowledgement comes from the heart.
Ro.10:9. because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.
We must line up our faith and our words with what God says in His Word and then we will see the victory. So what are you acknowledging? Fear and death?, or faith in God and His provision.
Letís acknowledge Him as our Savior, our Lord, our Redeemer, our Sanctifier,
our Healer, our supplier of all our needs! Amen!
Fear has a tendency to just vanish away when we start meditating on Godís love for us,
and we start to truly acknowledge Him.
2Tm:1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
If you have fear, you must realize, it is not from God. Cast it down and refuse it! Start to acknowledge what Gods Word says about you, that He has given you a spirit of power, and of love, and a sound mind. thatís the kind of acknowledgement that will get you over the top, thatís the kind of acknowledgement that will bring you peace and victory. When you start to acknowledge what Godís Word has to say about a situation, then, you have given Him permission to move on your behalf.
He.3:1. Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.
He canít do much, if we are not lining up our confession with His Word,
We are in a sense tying His hands, and not giving Him the permission that He has to have in order to act. You see, he watches over His Word to perform it, and if you are speaking opposite of what His Word says, then there is nothing for Him to perform, is there?
Iíll close with this Word from the book of Revelation.
Rv:1:17: And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death.