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Fear Not!

Fear NotThe recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and the senseless slaughtering of fourteen innocent people murdered in San Bernadino, California should come as no surprise to those who study the Bible. Evil is real. The Bible is very clear that we have a spiritual adversary who steals, kills, and destroys (John 10:10). 1 Peter 5:8 states, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Keyser Soze in the film, The Usual Suspects, states that “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist.” As a spirit being, Lucifer was once second in command to God. But for pride and ego’s sake, he didn’t want to be second in command, he wanted to be God.

Isaiah 14:12-14
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou
cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in
thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of
God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 

Revelation 12:7-12 describes the war that took place in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the Devil. The Devil and his angels were cast out with him. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9). As a spirit being, the Devil, and his cohort of devil spirits, works through people, culture, environment, and religion to obstruct the purposes of the one true God.

There is a Season

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it states that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” In verse eight it says “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” Admittedly, we are living in a critical time in our nation’s history. God, the Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is omnipotent, omniscient, and everywhere present. As a just, heavenly Father, He has given us free will to decide how to live our lives. Unfortunately, in the name of religion, radical Islamic terrorists seek to annihilate the lives of others. We must be cognizant of those who seek “Death to America” and all that our nation stands for. Threats against Americans and our way of life must be taken seriously.

As a young nation, in comparison with other nations throughout the world, we are still undergoing a great experiment. In spite of our religious, political, ethnic, and social differences, the Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….”

Judeo-Christian Foundation

The foundation of the United States is that of a Judeo-Christian nation. Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom and foresight to craft a Constitution that is the envy of the world.  In order to protect the freedoms that we have, it is imperative that we are educated about the history of our country, what it stands for, and become actively involved in the political process. Equally important, is the need to read and study the Bible. According to a Gallup survey, although approximately 92 percent of Americans own a Bible, and two-thirds say that it holds the answers to the basic questions of life, biblical illiteracy is rampant. Less than half of Americans can name the first book of the Bible, and only one-third knows who delivered the Sermon on the Mount (see Biblical Solutions for Daily Living, pg. 10).

Many of our oldest and most esteemed universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were founded by Christian preachers and church affiliations. An individual was not considered to be educated unless he knew the Scriptures from the Bible.

Fear Not!

In spite of the terrorism and the devilish acts that are taking place within our country and throughout the world, we are not about to hold hands with our enemies and sing “Kumbaya” any time soon. The Bible teaches us that we have a spiritual enemy who steals, kills, and destroys (John 10:10). However, Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

Jesus Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). He came to redeem humanity from the consequences of sin that is described in Genesis 3. He also came to destroy the works of the devil. “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Jesus Christ was hated by the religious leaders of his day. Because he spoke for the one true God, he was crucified and died for you and I so that we could have eternal life.

 John 3:16-21

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world
through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned
already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his
deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be manifest, that they
are wrought in God.

When we confess Romans 10:9-10 and become born again of the gift of holy spirit, we are called by God to walk in the steps of Jesus Christ. “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my father” (John 14:12). In addition to walking in the steps of Jesus Christ, we are also called by God to speak His Word with all boldness and to reconcile men and women back to Him (2 Corinthians 5:18). We are to “Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2).

We never shrink back in fear and refuse to succumb to the fears of others. “Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid” (Isaiah 8:12). “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” (1 John 4:4).

Overcoming Fear – Selected Scriptures

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with
the right hand of my righteousness.

Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not
afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.

Psalms 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is
the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Proverbs 29:25

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord
shall be safe.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love
and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:8

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.” 

God bless you and your loved ones during this holiday season and God’s blessings of health, prosperity, and success in the New Year!          

All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

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