Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Do Not Fear

Leviticus 19:14 says,

You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

Matthew 10:28 reads,

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Luke 12:7 tells,

“ Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Do these Bible verses send the mixed message to us about ‘FEAR’? Absolutely not!

God’s Word tells us to ‘fear God’ and at the same time, ‘fear not’ anyone or anything. True fear of the Lord becomes a motive for obedience to Him. Our Lord Jesus showed a perfect example. During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One Who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. (Hebrews 5:7).

We should not fear anyone or anything because the Lord is with us as Immauel (God with us). We fear when we forget that the Lord is with us. The Lord said to His disciples in John 14:1-4,

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

This promise is also for us! Let’s not fear or worry about anything.

When fear arises in mind, let’s remember this Word in Philippians 4:6,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Amen and amen.

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