Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #16




Oh the worries of Life! Have any?? Ha I think I already know the answer to that. God says don't worry about the worries of life. How can God say that? Because He is in control and when we think about it all the stuff we worry about we really have no control over....but He does! Read these verses:





Luke 12:22-34

Do Not Be Anxious

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.



God tells us here we are important and He will take care of us! He knows what we need! (needs not wants) He will provide. So He tells us to seek the things of God which primarily would be living Christ-like lives and telling others about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



Don't miss verse 32! God's desire and pleasure is to give us the kingdom of heaven! Give your heart and lives to Jesus! For it is the ONLY way to get the Kingdom and then live fruitful lives of obedience to Christ! Don't fear, don't worry, don't be anxious, God has given us all we need! Thank you Jesus!



Tom

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #15




Sadly today many fear they have no value. This is one of Satan's biggest lies! You are of great value to God! Look at these verses:





Matthew 10:29-31

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.



Psalm 139:14



I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.



Psalm 139:13-16



13 For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.



Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.



Romans 5:8

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.



John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.



So do you see you are valuable to God? I mean who gives their life for you? Who forgives you over and over? Who shows mercy and grace when it is undeserved? God that's who! He has a purpose and a plan for you. Reread Jeremiah 29:11 above. God loves you more than anybody else. He sent His only son to die for you so you can spend eternity in heaven with Him! Wow! You are valuable and don't the devil tell you any different. Eliminate the fear of not being valuable from your life because God says you are of great value to Him!!!!



Tom

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #14




Want a good reason not to fear anything? Here is is from God's Word...Hope it makes you shout some praises to King Jesus this morning!



Zephaniah 3:15-17





15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;

he has cleared away your enemies.

The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;

you shall never again fear evil.

16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:

“Fear not, O Zion;

let not your hands grow weak.

17 The Lord your God is in your midst,

a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing.



Again while this is talking to Israel, it also is a prophetic Word to us as to what Jesus has done and will do when He returns one day soon for His followers!



In verse 15, how are our judgements taken away? Only through the shed blood of Jesus! That is it! We also see it again in verse 17, a mighty One who will save, that can only be Jesus! he rejoices over those who submit to Him with their lives. It brings gladness to Him to see us put our faith and trust in Him and follow in obedience. The is nothing like the quiet peace of God knowing He loves us. God even sings over us for He is highly elated in His children just like any good Father!



So in verse 16, we are told...do not fear! Be strong...our God is with us! I don't know about you but I need to be reminded of this often! So devil, we will not fear you or your ploys to bring fear into us for we are children of God!



Tom

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #13




The passage below is talking to Israel, God's chosen people. BUT I believe it talks also to all believers. Especially our nation which was founded on the Word of God. While I have been telling you we should not fear most things we should fear the judgement of God on a nation that is turning their back on Him! The good news is what we see below...return to Him and He shows mercy, forgives, and blesses once again. Read this slowly and soak up the Word of God:



Joel 2:12-27

Return to the Lord



12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart,

with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;

and he relents over disaster.

14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,

and leave a blessing behind him,

a grain offering and a drink offering

for the Lord your God?



15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;

consecrate a fast;

call a solemn assembly;

16 gather the people.

Consecrate the congregation;

assemble the elders;

gather the children,

even nursing infants.

Let the bridegroom leave his room,

and the bride her chamber.



17 Between the vestibule and the altar

let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep

and say, “Spare your people, O Lord,

and make not your heritage a reproach,

a byword among the nations.

Why should they say among the peoples,

‘Where is their God?’”



18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land

and had pity on his people.

19 The Lord answered and said to his people,

“Behold, I am sending to you

grain, wine, and oil,

and you will be satisfied;

and I will no more make you

a reproach among the nations.



20 “I will remove the northerner far from you,

and drive him into a parched and desolate land,

his vanguard into the eastern sea,

and his rear guard into the western sea;

the stench and foul smell of him will rise,

for he has done great things.



21 “Fear not, O land;

be glad and rejoice,

for the Lord has done great things!

22 Fear not, you beasts of the field,

for the pastures of the wilderness are green;

the tree bears its fruit;

the fig tree and vine give their full yield.



23 “Be glad, O children of Zion,

and rejoice in the Lord your God,

for he has given the early rain for your vindication;

he has poured down for you abundant rain,

the early and the latter rain, as before.



24 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain;

the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25 I will restore to you the years

that the swarming locust has eaten,

the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,

my great army, which I sent among you.



26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,

and praise the name of the Lord your God,

who has dealt wondrously with you.

And my people shall never again be put to shame.

27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,

and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else.

And my people shall never again be put to shame.



Did you catch the key parts? In verses 12-13...a true repentance is needed. Asking forgiveness for our evil ways and turning from them to do them no more! God who promises us forgiveness is faithful:



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.



Verse 16...gather all ages of people to get right before God! Oh brothers and sisters how we need a revival in this nation of ours!



Verse 17...may our spiritual leaders be in prayer for the people of this nation! Oh my can other nations look at us and say where is their God? Sadly probably so! We have turned our backs on God and He will not stay where He is not welcome!



Verse 19-26 But God will show us His love and mercy if we will return to Him!!! What are we waiting on?



Verse 27...when the children of God are faithful to Him, He will protect them and no one will cause them harm.



Oh how God wants our devotion and he wants to bless us, but again He will not go where He is not wanted! So we have nothing to fear when we are right with God but if we are not we have much to fear.....God's judgement!



Tom

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #12

 
Think of a time when you were as low as you could get in life. Maybe it was after the death of a loved one, a divorce, loss of a job or something else. Fear had set in and you did not know what to do next. Maybe you did not even know how you could go on living. I have good news for you this morning. You had nothing to fear because our God is in control!!! Look at these verses below:

Lamentations 3:55-57


55 “I called on your name, O Lord,
    from the depths of the pit;
56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
    your ear to my cry for help!’
57 You came near when I called on you;
    you said, ‘Do not fear!’

In verse 55, I have been in that pit a few times! What about you? The bad thin g about me anyway is sometimes I try to solve the problem myself before I call on the name of the Lord! Is that dumb or what! Note to self here...always call on Jesus first!

In verse 56, we see why we call upon Jesus....He hears us! He does not close His ears to those who have called upon His name as Lord and Savior! Wow! There is no better news that that my friends!

In verse 57, we are told he not only hears but He responds! He comes closer to us to whisper in our ears these sweet words "Do not fear"! In other Words Jesus is saying I have everything under control, I love you, and you will be ok....trust Me!

Those are some comforting words from our Lord! You see when we truly put all our faith and trust in Jesus in ALL situations, we do not have anything to fear! Our mighty and powerful God has us in His hands and no One can ###### us out! Praise God!

Have a blessed weekend my friends and go worship the KING!

Tom

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fear-what are you afraid of? #11




Do you like to be corrected? Ha! Me either. As I have grown older though I realize how much I need correction. When we were young and our parents had to correct us...we did not like it! But oh how thankful I am now for their love shown through correction. The reason they corrected me through spankings and groundings was because they loved me! They wanted the best for me and at the time I did not think so but I sure do now. It is the same with God! Many times we fear his correction but His children should not fear it but appreciate it as it helps us draw nearer to Him!



Jeremiah 46:28





28 Fear not, O Jacob my servant,

declares the Lord,

for I am with you.

I will make a full end of all the nations

to which I have driven you,

but of you I will not make a full end.

I will discipline you in just measure,

and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”



Here we see Israel wandered away from God and His teachings, now they must be punished. Disobedience brings consequences! It is the same for us! Look here:



Proverbs 13:24





24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,

but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.



Now just this past week a so-called expert was on CNN and stated we should never spank your child. Well I am sorry but God has spoken here and God is the authority not man. Spankings are needed at times! This may be why many kids have no respect for authority...because talk often does not get their attention!





Hebrews 12:11



11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.



Proverbs 12:1



Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.



Hebrews 12:5-10



5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?



“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,

nor be weary when reproved by him.

6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

and chastises every son whom he receives.”

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.



As we see God's correction is needed and prosperous for His children. Do not fear His correction, accept it, and learn from it so we can bear the fruit of the Lord! God loves us that is why He corrects us!



Tom

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!



Tom