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339. No mo’ FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Posted by John Smith on June 16, 2017

John 14:16 NKJV  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—

One might think that nomophobia is being free from fear and having No-Mo-phobia… but it is actually the fear of being without your mobile device.  It is one of the fastest growing fears and anxieties in our culture.  Studies have shown that about 66 percent of adults feel extreme anxiety if they lose connection with their mobile device.  Before we start spending too much time on discussing this phenomenon let’s just jump to the root of the fear. People are afraid of being out contact… perhaps FOMO (fear of missing out) is partly to blame too.  But people increasingly become anxious the longer they are out of contact or the ability to be out of contact with others.

This phenomenon leads us to isolate and be alone even when together because we feel we must keep up on what is going on so we don’t miss out.  In reality we end up missing out on present opportunities to connect, laugh, and live life with others.  Don’t let FOMO steal from you and what you can have right now.  In John 14:16, Jesus said the Holy Spirit is with the Believer all the time.  Hebrews 13:5 tells us that He will never leave us.  You are never alone.  With the Holy Spirit with you, you are never alone and you are never missing out.  It’s ok to check your social media from time to time, but don’t let FOMO keep you from experiencing all that God has for you through a living and vital relationship with the ONE friend who you can always utterly depend on.  You don’t have to miss out on anything in life when you pull in close to the Holy Spirit, who desires to make sure you walk in and possess everything that Christ died for you to have.  Through your relationship with Him you can have no mo’ FOMO.

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338. Rejoice and Fear Not; Fear Not and Rejoice

Posted by John Smith on June 9, 2017

John 12:15 NKJV  “FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SITTING ON A DONKEY’S COLT.”

This verse quoted by John from Zechariah 9:9 indicating a prophecy regarding the Messiah was fulfilled as Jesus entered Jerusalem the last time prior to His crucifixion at what many refer to as the triumphant entry.  This verse is interesting because in Zechariah 9:9 God’s people are told to “Rejoice greatly” but John quotes it as FEAR NOT.  You see you can’t be in fear when your rejoicing greatly in victory.

The Hebrew word rejoice used in Zechariah 9:9 means to spin around violently under the influence of a powerful emotion (Strong’s) either great excitement or fear.  Context from the previous verses in Zechariah 9 talks about great deliverance from their oppressors who will no longer pass through.  This is a glorious freedom that was prophesied would come and did come in Christ Jesus.  No longer would sin oppress God’s people for it would be dealt with in Christ.  No longer would the law exact judgement upon His people, because it would be fulfilled in Him.  No longer would the fear of death oppress them for Jesus would deliver them from that bondage (Hebrews 2:15).  They would rejoice greatly because they would be delivered from all reason to fear.  This is why John quotes Zechariah 9:9 as Fear Not.

We are to rejoice greatly because Jesus has come and delivered us from anything that would try to terrorize us.  Our King has come and set up His throne in the midst of our hearts by His Spirit.  Meanwhile, He is physically sitting on the Throne in Heaven at the right hand of the Father, where we are reigning and ruling with Him as joint heirs with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Romans 8:17).  So rejoice and fear not.  Fear not and rejoice.  Either way you look at it they go hand and hand because the King has come and has set us free.

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289. His Covenant Word

Posted by John Smith on July 1, 2016

BibleHaggai 2:5 NKJV  According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!

 Haggai 2:5 NLT My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’

Haggai 2:5 MSG ‘Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back.’

It is important to remember what God has said to us. In difficult times and especially when fear begins to raise its head, staying focused on God’s Word and His faithful promises is what will see you through.

In Haggai 2:5, the Lord reminds His people of His covenant promise to them from Exodus 29:45, “I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God.” This reminder encourages them that He will see them through and reaffirms the importance of their task in rebuilding the temple and the tabernacle of meeting for His presence to reside with them in. But it is the POWER in GOD’S FAITHFUL PROMISE that instills confidence in and commitment in His people to press forward and accomplish what is necessary to do.

When we are faced with fear, the most powerful weapon we have is God’s unfailing WORD. What has He said about your situation? What is it that He has specifically told you do? What does His Covenant Word say?

He builds confidence in His people and dispels fear by reminding them of His unchanging COVENANT WORD to always be with them; therefore they never need fear. Having a biblically informed trust in God’s WORD transforms fear of the unknown into a confidence in an ever present and unfailing God, who will see you through. However, we are to, “Put into action the WORD…” that He has given to us. We have a part to play. FAITH.

There is a response to God’s Word and that is faith. The Children of Israel could have said, “God is with us so, we don’t have to do anything… he said fear not, so let’s just sit around and hang out.” But they would have been neglecting the point. The fear was present because they were told to rebuild the temple and between its present state of disrepair, naysayers, and enemies that wanted to stop them, there was plenty of obstacles in their way and they saw it as incredibly difficult. But their response to God’s WORD and covenant reminder not to fear, was to respond in FAITH by doing what they had been instructed to do. They put into action the reality that He was with them.

The Spirit of God resides with each of His children (Rom 8:15). Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back. Fear NOT and put into action the WORD He covenanted to you.

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253. Fear Not All Will Be Well

Posted by John Smith on October 2, 2015

Jeremiah 42:11-12 NKJV Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the LORD, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand. (12) And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’

Have you ever done something or said something only to immediately gasp and think, “What have I done?” Jeremiah is speaking to a group of soldiers and their men that were probably thinking the same thing. These guys had really gotten themselves in a pickle and were afraid of a major blowback from the king of Babylon, having committed a major crime against him by killing his appointed governor to the region. Now they were living on the run, tormented by fear and second guessing every thought about what to do next.

Though I am sure none of you have been in their particular situation, many of us have done or said something and then realized it may not have been our wisest moment. Often people will get stuck in the cycle of what is going to happen next and what will I do. This cycle is perpetual and often leaves people frozen in fear because they see every possible action as having unfavorable consequences and simply want to avoid all of them.

I imagine receiving this message from Jeremiah, must have been a breath of fresh air. He told them they no longer had to fear, because God was with them to save & deliver them, showing them mercy and make sure they didn’t lose their inheritance. That is incredible… but their journey to overcome their fear really began a few verses prior in Jeremiah 42:6.

Jer 42:6 Whether we like it or not, we will obey the LORD our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey Him, everything will turn out well for us.”

Their journey to escape the bondage of fear came when they made a decision that they would obey the Lord no matter what He told them to do, whether they liked it or not. Even though they had gotten themselves in a bad situation (by NOT consulting and involving the Lord), they knew that God is good, was for them, and had their best interests at heart. It was this understanding that allowed them to do whatever the Lord instructed them to do even if it meant marching home and facing the consequences of their actions. It is also this understanding that allowed them to experience peace from the onslaught of fear.

Many people quote Romans 8:2, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Yet they don’t allow God to work in their lives. They refuse to obey His written Word and ignore the voice and promptings of the Holy Spirit, because they don’t really believe that He is indeed for them and has their best interests at heart. Obedience and faith are tied together.

No matter how you got in your fearful situation, whether it was brought you by others, just happened because we live in a fallen world, is an attack of the enemy, or you did something and brought it on yourself, the Lord loves you and is for you. If you will decide to seek His will and council as to what to do, you can eradicate the fear knowing that everything will turn out well. Fear Not.

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238. Don’t Fear the Flood – Antlophobia

Posted by John Smith on June 19, 2015

Isaiah 59:19 NKJV So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

Antlophobia is the fear of floods. In recent years with the number of floods many have experienced and even more widely seen on the news or dramatized in movies more people have been plagued with it. Though it does specifically deal with water I’m using it as a jumping off point, because sometimes natural problems and attacks from the enemy just keep flowing in and compounding much like a natural flood. When they do it doesn’t take long to begin to feel like you’re up to your eyeballs in trouble, gasping for air and struggling to stay above the water of your circumstance.

That’s where Isaiah 59:19 comes in. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” The phrase, ‘lift up a standard against him’ is pretty weird language today, but one way we could read it is ‘he’ll be put to flight or caused to flee’. We could read it, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will cause him to flee.” I like that.

A more literal translation could read, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Wind of the Spirit of the Lord will cause it to subside.” The Lord will create a protection around His people from the drowning floods of the enemy so there is no reason to fear. Just stick with Him and trust in His promises.

Some folk look at this verse from a strictly prophetic verse about the battle of Armageddon when a massive army will descend on Jerusalem –which I’m sure will look like a flood- then the Lord Jesus will deliver them destroying their enemies and all peoples from the east to the west will see their deliverance and fear the Lord at His second coming.

Regardless of how you want to look at this verse, the Lord loves to deliver His people from the flooding attacks of the enemy. When the enemy’s attacks begin to flood in, FEAR NOT! Keep your trust in Him. He is mighty to deliver you from the enemy and with your confidence in Him and His Word He will cause the flood to subside.

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237. God Didn’t Send Your Problem

Posted by John Smith on June 12, 2015

Isaiah 54:13-15 MSG All your children will have GOD for their teacher– what a mentor for your children! (14) You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble–nothing to fear! far from terror–it won’t even come close! (15) If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, And if any should attack, nothing will come of it.

Some people erroneously believe that God is their problem. If God is your problem, you should quake with fear and dread. Thankfully, He’s not. God is not your problem.

In our last post, (236. God Is Your Teacher) we talked about how God, the Spirit teaches and mentors us in the glorious realities of who we now are in Christ. As we are built on Truth of God’s Word and grow in understanding of our righteous nature and all that means, we grow into our fearless and bold nature in Him learning that there is nothing to fear.

Now let’s look at verse 15. Just in case you might start to think that maybe the symptom or trial trying to bind you up in fear is from God, The Lord flat out tells us that it isn’t. He says, “If anyone (anything) attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them (it).” That’s some good news. Unfortunately there are some wonderful Christians that get bound up in fear because they believe that God might have brought the sickness, disease, or circumstance that they are terrified of in their life. He didn’t!

Furthermore the Lord who says that not only has He not sent nor will send any attacks against us, but should any attacks come, we don’t need to worry or become afraid because NOTHING will come of it. GLORY! Our teacher and mentor the Holy Spirit will train us up in God’s Word and the understanding of our righteous nature, coaching us into a place where we walk in our fearless nature. AND should any attacks come our way, He’ll be right there with us to teach us how to walk in the VICTORY and NOTHING will come of the attack. We simply just can’t lose.

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236. God is Your Teacher

Posted by John Smith on June 5, 2015

Isaiah 54:13-14 MSG All your children will have GOD for their teacher– what a mentor for your children! (14) You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble–nothing to fear! Far from terror–it won’t even come close!

The prophet Isaiah prophesied that God was going to be a teacher and a mentor directly to His people instead of using the law and the prophets. He tells them that if they allow God to instruct them the result will be that they are solid, grounded in righteousness and FAR from any trouble with NOTHING TO FEAR. Back in verse 10 it tells us that God would be instructing them in His Covenant of Peace.

Praise God that day came some 800+ years later. In John 14 Jesus promised that after He completed His earthly mission and redeemed mankind that He would send the Holy Spirit to us as God the teacher. At the new birth, God the Spirit comes and takes up residence in every Believer. He immediately begins teaching and revealing His everlasting Covenant of Peace with His Children (John 14:27) and the Truths of their identity in Him, establishing them in Truth, grounding them in their righteous nature. Through Christ by the Spirit of God, you have been removed from all trouble and there is nothing to fear.

He is our teacher. Listen to His instruction and follow His Word. The Spirit of God longs to establish you in the Truth of His Covenant, ground you in His righteousness, and empower you to walk in His peace. It is God, Himself, the Holy Spirit that teaches us to walk FEARLESS through life because of the realities of the new life we have in Christ.

You are FEARLESS. You might just not realize it yet. God wants to teach you and reveal to you the truth of your fearless nature in Christ. Spend time daily with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to continually teach you the fullness of the extent of His Covenant of Peace with you. With the Spirit of God as your mentor, terror won’t even come close! FEAR NOT.

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235. Fear Not; You Will Not be Disgraced or Disappointed

Posted by John Smith on May 29, 2015

Isaiah 54:4 NKJV “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Have you ever known someone you like, honor or respect like a friend or a boss that will talk to you and be very engaging in one social setting, but in another they ignore and avoid you? I had a “friend” like that when I was younger. We were what I thought was good friends and then we’d get around other groups of people that my friend esteemed highly and thought that they might not think I was as cool as everyone else, so he would just exclude me around his other friends. Well, we didn’t stay “friends” too long. Because, I felt humiliated and disgraced. I don’t want to be friends with someone who makes me feel ashamed and won’t acknowledge me.

This often happens in families among siblings even more so because unlike friends, you don’t choose your siblings. Being the youngest, on occasion, I fell victim to this too. There were a number of times that my older brother and sister ridiculed or made fun of and disgraced me in front of their friends – to their defense I was probably being pretty annoying and invading their space. All little kids want to hang out with bigger kids, because they admire them and many times they get disgraced or shamed because they weren’t wanted around all the time.

But the Lord says you never have to fear Him shaming you. God will never disgrace you. If you are hoping to spend time with Him, He’ll never call and say He’s going to work late or going hang out with Moses, Elijah and Enoch instead. NO! Men are often ashamed when disappointments of all kinds occur, but that is not how it should be for you and me. The Church should never be ashamed of her hope and confidence, because the Lord will not disappoint. HE will do what He says He’ll do. He will be your friend even through the end. He will not leave you nor forsake you. He is not embarrassed of you and He will not embarrass or disgrace you. Instead He will always come through. Keep your confidence in Him and Fear Not, you will not be disgraced or disappointed.

Isaiah 54:5 MSG For your Maker is your bridegroom, his name, GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies! Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel, known as God of the whole earth.

God has made an eternal commitment to you. To disgrace you would be disgracing Himself.

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234. Katagelophobia – Fear of being Embarrassed

Posted by John Smith on May 22, 2015

Isaiah 54:4 NKJV “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Isaiah 54:4 MSG Don’t be afraid–you’re not going to be embarrassed. Don’t hold back–you’re not going to come up short. You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth, and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.

Have you ever had those thoughts that said, “Oh no, they’re all going to laugh at me. I’ll never live this down?” If so then you’ve experienced Katagelophobia. It is the fear of being embarrassed or ashamed.

Thankfully, Isaiah 54:4 lets us know that the Lord doesn’t desire to disgrace us or see us put to shame. He isn’t going to embarrass you. Honestly, I don’t need anybody embarrassing me; I do it enough on my own. But God never wants to see me disgraced or put to shame.

Katagelophobia is often experienced when we are growing into a new position or expanding our current roles within a company. There are new expectations, social cues, different co-workers, clients, larger platforms, higher goals, and the opportunities to fear, but if you’ll trust in the Lord and follow His lead you’ll never be put to shame again.

He will lead you and guide you in all good things. God will never let you down and He with your trust in Him you’ll will NOT be embarrassed or ashamed.

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233. The Comforter of the Fearful

Posted by John Smith on May 15, 2015

Isaiah 51:12 MSGI, I’m the One comforting you. What are you afraid of–or who? Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead? Some poor wretch destined for dust?

Isaiah 51:12 NKJVI, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid Of a man who will die, And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?

Notice the emphatic nature of this verse. The Lord is making a point here. I, even I am He…” or as the Message records it, I, I’m the One…” God wants to be sure we realize that He desires to more than just protect us, but also comfort us when we are afraid.

The Father recognizes the exhausting emotional trauma that is involved with fear. He loves us. And although He knows and wants us to know that there is never any reason to worry or fear, because He’s for us, with us, in us and faithful, He also knows that sometimes we need more than just His power and strength beating back the attacks of the enemy and destroying our fears. He knows that as we grow in Him and overcome fear to conquer the giants and shake the mountains that may arise before us that there are times we are just drained. Praise God, He is also our comforter.

The Father wants you to know that He is here arms wide open to embrace you and console you in the midst of your fears. Then He gives us that little reminder of who He is in comparison to our problem and encourages us in our race.

This Scripture is an answer to a prayer by Isaiah and it is an answer to our prayers too. God is saying not only do I promise to be with you, help you, and be your strength, I’ll also comfort and love you every step of the way. When your heart is overwhelmed and your faith seems to be failing, remember the Father, He, is the One who comforts you. In His arms, there is no reason to fear.

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