Tuesday, June 28, 2011

7. Fear Not!

We all need the reassurance that God is with us and that we do not have to succumb to fear in any situation. When fear strikes, only the Holy Spirit speaking those words directly into our hearts or by studying and meditating on the relevant scriptures will push back that most awful of feelings and the devil which is the source of it. Countless times God tells us in the Bible tells us to, “Fear not!” How great it is to repeat those words over again in the midst of the storms of life knowing they come from the God, the all powerful One and to sense the anguish and torment retreating. God has dealt with all kinds of fears in your life, fear of man, fear of lack of provision, fear of enemies, fear of sickness and death, etc. Throughout Scripture God’s timely reminder to His children echoes again and again, “Fear not, for I am with you!”
Genesis 15:1
“The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.”
The blessings and promises that were spoken to Abraham also apply to us, and so we may make these words from the Lord as our own.
Genesis 26:24
“The Lord appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will favor you with blessings and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.”
Like an Israelite of old, we can take to heart these words of God through Moses that the source of our fears could be banished from our lives forever. Meditating on God’s promises will do it!
Exodus 14:13
“Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.”
As believers, there truly is no person, situation or condition that we have to fear because God is with us. He promises to subdue your enemies on your behalf and will deliver them into your hands!

Joshua 10:8
“And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”
From that wonderful story of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 we learn the great lesson that we do not have to fight any battle other than the one to believe God, and to let a spirit of praise arise in us!
2 Chronicles 20:17
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
Yes, God will come to our rescue with a vengeance! That means that if you trust in Him, He will always beat back your enemies with the passion and anger like a mother hen because He has claimed you as His own!
Isaiah 35:4
“Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”
Isaiah 43:1
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.”
Many times, God commanded His children through the mouth of Isaiah not to fear. Allowing fear to enter your heart is nothing else but a lack of trust in God. Here He reminds us that there is no one else like Him.
Isaiah 44:8
Do not fear, nor be afraid; is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know.”
The fear of being put to shame because of their temporary circumstances afflicts many a believer. Here is a great promise from the words of the prophet.
Isaiah 54:4
Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.”
Remember that if you continue in sin and fail to avail yourself of God’s protection, your actions God cannot shield you from fear!
Isaiah 66:4  “So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”  
Jesus continues to tell us today and every day not to fear, to trust in Him because He loves you and that you are valuable and precious to Him! He knows all about your situation.
Matthew 10:28-31
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

God's love dispels fear!
Deep meditation on the scriptures about God's love for you will drive out fear from your heart!
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

Godly fear is the only fear allowed.
Hebrews 11:7
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”

Even in these last days when terrible things will happen, God's command stands!
Revelation 2:10
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

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