Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #10

Ever been in fear of being arrested for your faith? We are moving in a direction if things don't change that it may be a possibility! If you have ever been on a foreign mission trip it is a big possibility! For Israel being in captivity was a reality many times. The sad thing was it was their own fault because they turned their back on God...and if we end up being arrested for our faith it may be because as a nation we turned our back on God too!

Look at what God says about captivity for Israel:

Jeremiah 46:27

27 “But fear not, O Jacob my servant,

nor be dismayed, O Israel,

for behold, I will save you from far away,

and your offspring from the land of their captivity.

Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,

and none shall make him afraid.

God is in control. He will deliver His people and has proven that time and time again. Even when we don't deserve it. Think about all those who were in some sort of captivity in the bible...Israel in Egypt, Joesph, Daniel, John the Baptist, Paul, the disciples, and yes even Jesus. God delivered all! Some were freed to live life out and some were called home to be with Jesus...but all were delivered who had their faith in God! So why would we fear?

Look at this encouraging verse:

John 8:36

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

When you have Jesus you are free! Someone may have a hold on your body but no one can control your mind!!!

Thank God for freedom in Christ Jesus!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #9

The ole saying sticks and stones break my bones but words will never hurt me is a big lie! Matter of fact they can beat us down so bad that we can get to a place where we fear what people will say about us! I have gotten to a point in life that what people say don't bother me but what God says sure does! Look what God says about hearing words from others:

Psalm 64 

   Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
    preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
    from the throng of evildoers,
3 who whet their tongues like swords,
    who aim bitter words like arrows,
4 shooting from ambush at the blameless,
    shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
5 They hold fast to their evil purpose;
    they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see them?”
6     They search out injustice,
saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
    For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.

7 But God shoots his arrow at them;
    they are wounded suddenly.
8 They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
    all who see them will wag their heads.
9 Then all mankind fears;
    they tell what God has brought about
    and ponder what he has done.

10 Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!

Isaiah 51:7-8

7 “Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
    the people in whose heart is my law;
fear not the reproach of man,
    nor be dismayed at their revilings.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
    and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my righteousness will be forever,
    and my salvation to all generations.”

 That word revilings means speak abusively. God is very clear about the mouths of those who abuse His children...HE will take care of them! That is all we need to know folks! God is in control. Look what James says about the tongue:

James 3:5-12

5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by heck. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

The only way a mouth can be tamed is to be in Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to give us the power to do so!

So let us give our mouths to God and speak life in to people! When others need to speak against us, let God handle it, He said He will! Also remember Jesus said we will face persecution when living for Him, so if you are getting verbal abuse for your walk with Jesus count it as joy...that what Paul and others did! It is a sign you are living right!

Don't fear talk, fear God!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #8

Some men/women grow in power, fame, and fortune in a life time. Many seem to want to use that power to influence others in a negative way. So when that happens people will grow to fear them. When that power is used in that fashion they are a pawn in the devils hand. So what are we supposed to do? Glad you asked...God has it covered!

Psalm 118:6

6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.

What can man do to me?

Psalm 56:4

4 In God, whose word I praise,

in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.

What can flesh do to me?

Hebrews 13:6

6 So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;

I will not fear;

what can man do to me?”

Need I say more? Ha! If you are a follower of Jesus, God is on your side! Man may have a limited amount of power that God allows him to have on this ole earth of ours but one day soon when Jesus returns the all-power will be in hands of God's children as they become joint heirs with Jesus!! Whew! That should make ya shout this morning!

Think about this...in a mans power what is the worse thing he could do to you? Take your life, right? Well for the redeemed by the blood of the lamb that has no power because as soon as we become absent from this body we are present with the Lord! Man has no power...God has it all!!!

Refer back to note #5 where we talked about we are not going to die until God is ready for us to come home anyway! Not a second before!

So this morning...don't fear your boss, your husband, the Mayor, or anybody who takes their power to their head! God is on your side and that is all you need! No need to fear...God is in control.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #7

Stress, stress, stress! Do you have any? Ha! I already know the answer to that. Do you have any fears associated with that stress? We all do. Want some good news? You don't have to have that fear and you can cut down on that stress if you can get this one thing in mind...God is in control! He always is and always will be! Look at these verses...think stress and fear are involved?

1 Kings 17:8-16

8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

Yep things were bad for this woman and her son. So bad she was preparing their final meal so they could just go ahead and die! Whew....just a little stress and fear! Ever been there? I have! But then we see God step in and send his servant Elijah. We see once again God provided to meet the one in need. Don't miss this point....the woman had to show faith and provide what Elijah asked for. It was a choice...faith or no faith. She could have laughed at Elijah and turned and walked away and died! Do we have the same faith in God as she did?

Remember these words from Jesus:

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Be Anxious

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

So let's get rid of stress and fear! Have faith in our God for He is in control!!!!!! Amen?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #6

In our own sin, it is healthy to have a portion of fear, after all we are sinning against a Holy, Righteous, sinless God! BUT we should not have a hopeless fear because we serve a forgiving God!

1 Samuel 12:20

20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.

In the verse above, Israel had just decided and elected a King to rule them. Basically turning away from God and wanting to follow other nations lead in having a King lead them. They had sinned. Samuel hear tells them though, they have nothing to fear if they will follow the Lord with all their heart. God once again was showing them mercy even in their wrong doings! The same goes for us in our sin....look how God shows us mercy:

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Just like Israel, when we turn on God and sin, if we will humble ourselves, admit we did wrong(confess), God will for give us and cleanse us! What an awesome God we serve! We don't deserve the forgiveness but He loves us and forgives! Let me give a word of caution here. This is not a sin free card. Don't play with God's mercy and grace. God's Word is clear we are to strive everyday to imitate the perfect ONE, Jesus Christ. This is the Holy life we are to give our best in doing everyday. If we sin willingly and think well I can because God will forgive me is I just confess it, you are playing a dangerous game that you will not win. God will judge all in the end and he knows our hearts!

So if you are a follower of Jesus, and you make a mistake and sin, don't fear! You have a merciful, loving Savior who will forgive if you just ask! Thank you Jesus!!!!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #5

Are you afraid of death? Many are but if you are right with God we have no fear in death!

Judges 6:23

23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.”

In this verse Gideon has just seen the Angel of the Lord face to face and thought he was going to die for it. BUT God said you will not die! You know what I get from that verse???? You don't die til God says! That's it folks! When God is ready for you to come home or send you to hell then its time. Not a second sooner or later! That is a key point to remember though...when it is time you better be right with Him for there are only two places after death...heaven or hell...no in between. In that line of thinking, look at this verse:

Matthew 10:28

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Your body here is temporary. One of the biggest fears of man is being killed by another man, but guess what? The body you have here is temporary, the one you receive in glory (heaven) is the body that will be eternal. What a man may take here is unimportant but if you give your soul to the devil, well that's an eternity you don't want...one in hell. The him this verse is talking about who can destroy both body and soul in hell is not the devil but God whom if you have rejected allows you to go there to be continually destroyed for ever and ever! My friend do not go that route!

Jesus loves you, died for you and has paved the way to eternity! Don't miss the path!

So are you afraid of death? Why? God provides life through Jesus Christ so you have nothing to fear!

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #4

Have you ever been asked to lead something in service to Jesus? The fears set in if you are able to handle it or if you know your bible well enough or a million other excuses. What does God say about being a leader for Him and the fears we have? Well let's check it out:

Deuteronomy 31:8

8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

This verse is coming from the point where Moses is handing leadership over to Joshua to lead them into the promise land. When God leads you into a leading position He will be with you. Remember another name for Jesus is Immanuel which means "God with us".

If you recall in the bible there was a man who tired to come up with some excuses not to lead. He used excuses like...I don't have good speech, and what Am I to say, and what if they don't listen to me!!! This man was Moses! God answered all his pitiful excuses and Moses had faith and went to the Pharaoh of Egypt! May we have the faith of Moses and go where God says Go!

Moses complaint of speech is much like us...I don't know what to say...here is God's response to that:

Matthew 10:19

19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

God will gives you the Words you need to speak in all situations, now let me caution you here. You have a responsibility to know your bible by learning in Bible study, meditation, and prayer. There is no substitute for that and you are commanded in scripture to know the Word. God will provide and has already by giving us His Holy Word so do not neglect your studies!

So when we are are set in positions to lead on behalf of God...do not fear! God is with us and will provide! So whats stopping you???? Lead for Jesus!