Fear Not … ( a year’s end meditation)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. ( I John 4:18-19)

Do Not Fear for I am with you, Be not anxious for I am your God. I will uphold you, surely I will help you, surely I’ll deliver you with my righteous right hand …” (Isaiah 41:10)

When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?
(Psalm 56:3-4)

I have been pondering the events of the previous year, (actually the previous three or four years), and praying for a Word from the LORD that I can pass on to you my readers, my precious brothers and sisters in Jesus.

The Word came, clear and simple and it was this, “Fear Not …”.

I believe that the prophetic program is intensifying, and that the birth pangs are coming closer together. This means that there will be potentially fearful things occurring all around us, just as we saw clearly in 2020.

The upheaval that the plague has wrought, and the fact that it possibly could be the result of biological warfare, could be quite fearful. Equally so is the way that our Governors and other politicians have seized upon this situation to exert Soviet level control over whole populations, is really unnerving.

But we are not to fear. The way to glorify God is to not succumb to terror or panic.

I think that the impeachment of a popularly elected president, and then the open theft of a national election in plain sight of everyone, could be an unnerving prospect. I have never seen such malice and such corruption in this country. To have to face it in it’s raw ugliness is really disturbing, to any thinking person. I have grandchildren to raise …

Believe me when I tell you there will be more. The year 2020 was not an anomaly, nor was it like a bad patch of road that we have all thankfully gone past. We are on a prophetic trajectory, there is more to come, for Jesus told us,

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. ( Luke 21:28-29)

But we are not, under any circumstances to give way to fear.

I do not advocate a kind of, “Don’t worry, be calm” stoicism, like those signs posted by the British Royalty during World War 2.

How can we obey the command to “Fear Not …” in the face of what is coming?

* Love delivers us from fear- “Perfect Love casts out Fear”…. We must cling to God, and the Love He has revealed to us in the gospel, this is the basis for not fearing. Do you know that God loves you? Do you realize that it was love that sent Jesus to the cross, to die for you even while you were a sinner?

The knowledge of God’s love, and the consequent command to love others, even our deepest enemies, will bring us through these times, without having to be paralyzed by fear. Fix your soul on the gospel… preach it to yourself again… remember that the incarnation and the cross are the ultimate signs of God’s love to us.

“To him who loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5)

  • We must remain in the Love of God towards others- We are to Love whoever God has put into our lives. Some of those people are really easy to love, and some are difficult, and obnoxious. It is because God has loved us so freely, we are to love others, even those who are our enemies.

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Epistle of Jude 21)

  • Believe it or not, the issue of Loving others has much to do with the issue of fear. Perfect love casts out fear. Hatred, resentment and unforgiveness open the doors to fear, because all of these are expressions of Self love. Those who give way to hatred and strife are those who will also be filled with many fears. No doubt there will be many opportunities to hate, but we must resist them and “Keep ourselves in the Love of God”.
  • We must cultivate a healthy fear of God- It sounds counterintuitive but it is true, that the way to overcome the fear that leads to death, is to Fear God. There is an amazing passage in Exodus where Moses tells the people to fear not, and yet to fear God at the same time. The two go together;
  • And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. (Exodus 20:20)
  • The one who truly fears God need not fear man. The fear of the LORD is clean, (unlike normal fear) it endures forever, it will not corrupt your soul, instead it will en-noble it to face many trials and hardships. The Saints through the ages have demonstrated this in their patient enduring of suffering and hardship, rejection and even false accusation, as they awaited the vindication that comes from God.
  • Keep short accounts with God and man- My advice for this year, if you sin, confess it to God immediately and if you wrong anyone or have wronged anyone, go to them and admit you were wrong. Only those with a clear conscience will be able to endure. God forgives sin readily. Jesus died for our sins. There is grace for every relationship.

So keep short accounts, don’t let things build up, and whatever you do, stay in fellowship. We need each other, more now than ever! The church, with all of it’s faults and limitations, is God’s program. He has no “Plan B”, this is it! We work out our faith in community, and not as isolated, self contained units. Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father…” not “my Father”.

Being right with God, in both an immediate, day to day sense, as well as in an overall salvific sense, is called being “established in Righteousness”. It imparts a deep confidence in God, a knowledge that is not presumption but reality, that there is nothing that has come between our loving heavenly Father and us.

This is brought out powerfully in Psalm 112, which speaks of the man who truly trusts in the LORD,

… Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. (Psalm 112:6-8)

Remember that we have a God, who is good and whose nature it is to save and redeem. No matter what happens, even if we should die… We win. Jesus has overcome sin and death for us on the cross, death is not final, we overcome.

If I didn’t have Jesus, and didn’t know that I had peace with God, having been justified by the death and resurrection of Jesus … I really would fear. I would have much reason to fear. The whole world is collapsing. All of the comforts, joys, freedoms and privileges of our lives in the West are eroding. We have thieves and swindlers for national leaders, and they the so called “Kings of the earth” are following an Agenda that ends with the AntiChrist. Any thinking man should fear, if he isn’t saved.

Finally, to you who may have come upon this message who are thinking, “I do not know if I am right with God”, listen …. It is in the simplicity of realizing that you are truly a sinner, and that Jesus died for your sins, and in believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, that is how a person is saved .

If you confess with your mouth, the LORD Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved … for whosoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved”, (Romns 10:8-13)

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4 Responses to Fear Not … ( a year’s end meditation)

  1. Crystal Johnson says:

    beautiful and encouraging message brother Bill. I believe we are on a trajectory too and that the Lord has much to teach us in these days. He is so gracious and awesome! Praise His Name. Bless you, your family and your congregation. May we all stand firm in Him. God is giving us fresh opportunities to witness to His beloved Son Jesus. Amen.

  2. John Wesley says:

    1John 4:1-13
    (1) Beloved, (Talking to us His beloved.) believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.(God has shown us His spirit, use His example to test all spirits if they have the same characteristics as His spirit. If not believe it not. Have nothing to do with it.)

    (2) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: (This is a command of God here “You must “KNOW” the spirit of God!!! And key point establish here is the spirit ream is classed as the world. So we have the spirit of God and we have the spirit of the world. We must know and understand the difference.)
    Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

    (3) And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
    ( How to test the spirit of any given situation. John is telling us how to test the spirit of any situation before us, we must ask ourselves a question: The institution/ or action instructing us in a curtain direction, do they confess that Jesus came to earth and died etc. If not they are of an antichrist spirit. There directive is not of God. We need to choose which spirit we will follow.)
    and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
    (Any person, group, institution or law that is in disagreement that, God sent Jesus to earth, is not of God and is an anti-Christ spirit and not a spirit we are instructed by God to follow.)

    (4) Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
    (Ok, our first positive. We are of God and He has overcome the spirit of the world for us, (the antichrist spirit). IF WE STAND ON HIS WORD AND HIS TRUTH. And we have the characteristic of God in our daily life’s. Then we will overcome the situation that is at hand. )

    As Christians are we instructed by God to follow any antichrist spirit? NO!

    (5) They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. (Anything which is against God’s spirit is antichrist. Here John is defining what the meaning of the word “world” is. John tells us here if they don’t know the spirit of God, then they are of the world. )

    We could look at James 4:4 here. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, (If something is adulterated its mixed. It’s not the consistence it is meant to be. Its diluted, Its not one or the other but its mixed and good for nothing.)
    know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (A Christian or a follower of God can not have any friendship with the world. If we have a friendship with the world, we don’t have the love for God. They don’t mix )

    (6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. (Therefore we need to educate ourselves in knowledge of the Spirit of God. We need to ask ourselves daily are we living our lives as directed by the spirit of God!)
    Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
    (Our second command We MUST know the difference between the spirits. Its our JOB to understand the difference. We need to teach the church the difference between the spirit of God and that of the antichrist spirit).

    (7) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
    (Once we understand the spirit of God we are then commanded to Love one another. Love the way God has taught us to love. In His spirit of Love. Not the counterfeit love the world has taught us. For this is the spirit of antichrist and not the spirit of Jesus Christ. Hay Big subject.)
    (1Cor 13 and, John 15:13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.( this is the core, the foundation, the gage by which love is tested. (John 15:12) This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. ( Its pretty clear).

    (8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (This is the only KEY required and its here. Remember our first commandment in the New Testament. (Matt 22:37) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Have you asked yourself what is the meaning of the word love in this verse? Is it (John13v34,35, John 14v15,21,23,24,28,31)

    (9) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (What does it mean to live through him. If God is love (John 15:9) As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. Then we need to live a life of love as both God showed Jesus and Jesus has taught as).

    (10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (He is saying here, you have a choice. If you accept me, then you will follow my instruction laid out in my word. Your choice, by following me then you will love one another. If you choice against following Christ you will not love one another).

    (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
    (12) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
    (13) Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of His Spirit. So what is Gods spirit? LOVE!

  3. Bruce McIntosh says:

    I find a lot of my friends and correspondents swept up in all sorts of black-helicopter tin-foil-hat conspiracy theories on the left and on the right, freaking out about stolen elections, Trumpian coup discussions, diseases to cull the population, vaccines to cull the population, one small step from wearing masks to the Mark, and on and on. I keep coming back to Isaiah 8:11-13:

    11 This is what the Lord says to me with His strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:
    12 “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.
    13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread.

    And I also refer a lot to the encounter with the angel when people try to claim God is on the side of the Republicans or the Democrats:
    “Are you for us, or for our enemies?”
    “NO” 😀

    It’s not “Is God on our side?”, it’s “Are we on God’s side?”

  4. Stan says:

    I believe the scripture quoted from Luke 21 is verses 25&26. Jesus may be speaking from Joel 3:15-16. I believe it fits nicely with what your encouraging us in if we look at the latter half of Joel 3:16.”but the Lord will be the hope of His people,and the strength of the children of Israel”.In verse 17 I believe we see Israel as a born again nation. Just some thoughts and observations.Love and God bless

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