Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fear of This World is Not of God

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; donot fear nor be dismayed.”
In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shallnot fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
Because they hated knowledge And did not choose thefear of the Lord,
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the Lord your God, And the fear of Me is not in you,” Says the Lord God of hosts.
And 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.
[ Jesus Teaches the Fear of God ] “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again tofear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
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.
So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will notfear. What can man do to me?”
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears hasnot been made perfect in love.
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.
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”
But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
My Comments: There is nothing to fear of this world and if we have given our lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ and are His then we have Heaven to look forward to so it does not matter what happens to us here. We only need look at the life of Jesus to understand that. He looked to His Father and ours and endured much hardship and pain yet did it because He loves the Father and He loves us. We only have fear of the Lord because without Him we have nothing.
Have you ever had something you valued more than life itself? Or someone? You would do anything to protect that person or thing, right? Well, being Abba Father’s makes us more precious than anything we could imagine and He will do all He can to keep us which means nothing can take us away from Him. Our only fear should be being separated from Him. We should be doing all in our power and calling on the Lord to help us so we will not be separated from Abba Father.
Noah, Moses, Abraham, Ruth and Ester all learned that man cannot do anything to us that matters. Only God the Father matters and our relationship with Him. He is the Creator of the Universes and all that is in them. He sustains them and us. It is by His strength that we are and continue to be. He sent His Son Jesus to save us not from others but from our own sin natures, from separation from Him. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of man shows we do not trust Him to do all that is necessary to bring us to Him. Fear not!
Those are two of the most used words in the Scripture and if we are His we must not fear as the spirit of fear is not of God the Father. Rather it comes from His adversary. When we accept the free gift of Salvation that Jesus obtained for each of us by dieing on the Cross and rising on the third day, then we give up fear of the evil one. Put your eyes on Him as fear of this world is not of God so fear not!
Abba Father, forgive us when we are weak and give into fear of things, situations, people or even the times we live in. Help us to keep our eyes and our hearts on you and strengthen our faith and trust that we will not be swayed in times of tribulation. Help us to learn the lessons each time of trial contains and to become stronger with each trial that we may show forth Your glory and bring praise to Your Name. Thank You for Your Son showing us the way to You and for His example of how to suffer and bring glory to You in the suffering. Help us to find the joy in our hard times as well as when times are going easy. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to teach, strengthen, console and fill us with Your understanding and knowledge. Fill us with the true understanding of the fear of the Lord and I pray all who read Your word will accept Your gift of Salvation and peace. In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen.