Fear Not

 

From the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

Fear defined as a noun.

1.

a. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger.

b. A state or condition marked by this feeling: living in fear.

2. A feeling of disquiet or apprehension: a fear of looking foolish.

3. Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.

 

Fear defined as a verb.

1. To be afraid or frightened of.

2. To be uneasy or apprehensive about: feared the test results.

3. To be in awe of; revere.

 

The Bible teaches us to “Fear” and to “Fear not.”

*   (Mat 10:28 KJV)  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This seems simple enough on the surface but how does it hold up under scrutiny? Are we really expected to not be afraid of the most outrageous evil men can imagine and inflict upon their fellow man? The answer is yes … and … no.

 

Jesus certainly did not desire to be tortured and killed.

*   (Mat 26:38-39 KJV)  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. {39} And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Here we see our savior afraid of what was about to happen and yet afraid to complain about it.

 

There are two key definitions we can apply to the word fear. One is to be afraid or frightened or agitated or anxious by something. The other is to be in extreme reverence or awe of a supreme power, that is to say, “God.” Our reverence and trust and faith in God should help us to accept whatever situation we encounter. Our love of God demands that we never put our own desires above His. Never! This may seem odd when we consider the evil God has allowed. Then again we are imperfect in all of our ways and He is not imperfect in any of His ways. So we must depend on Him. This is just the reverence, trust, faith, and love mentioned a little while ago. Should we judge the Judge?

 

Can you, “Sort of obey God?” Is obeying God a buffet where you pick and choose what you want and ignore what you don’t want? Brothers and sisters listen to what Peter and the apostles had to say about this subject.

*   (Acts 5:27-29 KJV)  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, {28} Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. {29} Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 

People are dying even today for obeying God. But here is the scary thing many are dying for not obeying God! If you die obeying God then you will live and live eternally. But, if you die not obeying God then you will die twice and be dead eternally. You need to know the truth and let it set you free. The truth is that you may very well have to face evil things, things that you would rather not face, things that hopefully will scare the “Hell” right out of you. Here are a few of the things you may face.

*   (Mat 10:22 KJV)  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

*   (Mat 19:29 KJV)  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

*   (Mat 24:4-13 KJV)  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. {5} For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. {6} And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. {7} For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. {8} All these are the beginning of sorrows. {9} Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. {10} And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. {11} And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. {12} And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. {13} But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

*   (Luke 21:10-19 KJV)  Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: {11} And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. {12} But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. {13} And it shall turn to you for a testimony. {14} Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: {15} For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. {16} And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. {17} And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. {18} But there shall not an hair of your head perish. {19} In your patience possess ye your souls.

Our Father in heaven is not in a fight, we are. The victory is assured if only we fear not man but instead fear God

*    (Luke 12:32 KJV)  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

 

It’s OK to be afraid of what we face but fear not the ultimate end of things. God will bring all things into judgment. Here is a true saying.

*   (Rom 8:31 KJV)  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

*   (Mat 28:18-20 KJV)  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. {19} Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: {20} Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

The old Hymn is true; there is victory in Jesus. Fear not!