391. Jesus IS Coming Again, Fear Not!

god_is_nearRevelation 22:20-21 NKJV  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  (21)  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Here at the end of John’s Revelation and at the end of the final book in the Bible we find one more reason not to fear.  John recorded a powerful quote from the Lord Jesus, “Surely I am coming quickly.”  Jesus is coming again.

Such a simple statement, yet so full and profound.  Its meaning though abundantly clear, carries ramifications that we can’t possibly understand or fathom until that day.  Yet completely understood or not this simple reality will free you from fear.

Jesus is coming again.  There will be no more sorrow and no more tears.  And pain and death will also be a thing of the past (Revelation 21:4) as we forever live in the light of His glory (Revelation 21:23).  Jesus’ promise is more than just words though, it is a reason to live fearless.

For almost 7 ½ years we’ve walked through the Bible and looked at hundreds of Scriptures about fear…  Let me leave you with this… Jesus is coming again.  Fear Not!

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390. You’ve Got to Have Sand to Take Dominion in the Land

Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  (12)  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  (13)  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  (14)  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  (15)  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  (16)  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.ms202-00024-0416-got-sand

I was texting with a pastor from Kirkland, Arizona about sheer grit and determination in the face of obstacles.  Pastor Greg Poole responded, “You’ve got to have sand to take dominion in the land.”  He sure wasn’t kidding.  Whether you’re in the pastoral ministry or a follower of Jesus in home or market place, you’ve got to have some “sand” to walk in the power and authority you’ve been given in the face of whatever the circumstances might look like.

Praise God, Jesus has some serious sand.  He showed that fearless determination when, “He gave up His divine privileges;” taking, “the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being… (Philippians 2:7 NLT).  Throughout His ministry the fearlessness of Jesus to face the problems and challenges of life was continually evident.  He endured difficulties, disastrous weather, demonic forces, incredible opposition and temptations from Satan himself, yet never once fell into fear.  Once again His grit was seen at the crucifixion as he willingly laid down His life and became sin for you and me (1 John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21).  Then here in Revelation 19 as we read of His glorious return to defeat the beast and the armies rallied against God at Armageddon prior to setting up His Earthly Kingdom.  I’ll say it again, Jesus has some serious sand.

You’ve got to have sand to take dominion in the land… and Jesus has sand.  But so do you.  You’ve been re-created in His image (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Not only that, but He is always with you (Hebrews 13:5) and He is greater than any problem or fear that you face (1 John 4:4).  In addition to that, He WINS.  We don’t have to be afraid to face the any thing in life or the problems at hand.  We are like Jesus and we’ve got sand, not just to survive, but to take dominion in the land.  Fear Not!

389. Hallelujah

11002003207Revelation 19:5-7 MSG  From the Throne came a shout, a command: Praise our God, all you his servants, All you who fear him, small and great!  (6)  Then I heard the sound of massed choirs, the sound of a mighty cataract, the sound of strong thunder: Hallelujah! The Master reigns, our God, the Sovereign-Strong!  (7)  Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory! The Marriage of the Lamb has come; his Wife has made herself ready.

There is nothing to fear here in this great promise other than just allowing yourself to be moved with the awesome reality of who Jesus is and the unfathomably way in which He loves you matched with the incomparable might and power He possesses.  The vastness of His greatness is overwhelming, but though we are moved with Holy fear by Him, we are not to be afraid of Him.

These verses instead reminds us of His nature and desire to love and cherish His people.  From the vast choirs rejoicing before Him and heralding His praises, to the cosmic celebration at the great feast at the marriage supper of our Lord, we are reminded of the surety of His Word and the security we have in His promise.  Our job today is not to fear, but to walk with Him and allow Him to continually prepare us for the good works He has for us to do.  In the scope of His goodness, love, mercy, grace and eminent return we have nothing to fear.  There is a great and glorious future and the reality of His present nature brings us comfort.  So let’s keep our eyes on Him and His faithful word living each day in eager expectancy of His return and the knowledge of His awesome presence and love. 

388. Your Relationship is Key

light-shining-in-the-darknessRevelation 14:6-7 MSG  I saw another Angel soaring in Middle-Heaven. He had an Eternal Message to preach to all who were still on earth, every nation and tribe, every tongue and people.  (7)  He preached in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory! His hour of judgment has come! Worship the Maker of Heaven and earth, salt sea and fresh water!”

This Scripture has two main interpretations.  Some preach that this is the last great evangelistic effort of the Lord, who sends an angel to make sure that every person living at this time on Earth has one last chance to repent and worship the Lord.  The other main interpretation is that this angel is encouraging the people still in the world by announcing that the end has now come and the Beast and those that follow him are about to be destroyed as the Lord comes in Glory.

However you understand this verse, we can be encouraged today in our relationship with God. This angel will be calling everyone to give glory to God and live in a way that demonstrates our awe, respect, and reverence for Him.  So shouldn’t we stop and ask ourselves that now?

Take a moment of reflection to examine yourself.  Are you living a life that gives Him the Glory?  Do others see the reverence and love you have for Him and the awesomeness of Jesus in and through you?  You and I don’t live this way because we fear His pending judgment, but rather, we live so that others may know Him through us so that they do not face His judgement.

Worship Him today with your LIFE… then do it again tomorrow! He desires that all would know Him and not face His judgement.  Whether the angel is preaching the Gospel of Salvation to the world one last time or is providing comfort and assurance that the Beast is about to be judged, we should be doing our part to reach people today.  It starts by living for Him in every arena of our lives.  One precious benefit is that as we do, the power of fear over us wanes as the fire for God increasingly burns hotter within.  Let’s worship Him with how we live today and let’s take every opportunity to tell others the Gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) and His past, present, and future victory over every Evil.

387. End Times Phobia?

endtimesRevelation 11:11-13 NKJV  Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.  (12)  And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.  (13)  In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Many sincere Believers regardless of their pre, mid, or post tribulation rapture beliefs fear their future days on the Earth.  While mid or post tribulation rapture adhering Believers fear the devastation and horrid trials through war, pestilence and ruthless men as such as the world has never seen in its history, pre-tribulation rapture believing saints fear the world wide calamities leading up to their rescue, selfishly not fulfilling their dreams, or that somehow they might miss the rapture and be “left behind”.  But Revelation 11 once again shows the awesomeness of the Lord God and that we never have to fear.

Revelation 11 tells us that for 3 ½ years two witnesses prophesy, bear witness, and provide evidence of the Lord.  Once they finish, the Beast will rise from the Abyss and kill them.  But God always gets the last laugh.  For 3 ½ days lovers of evil will party and rejoice over their death until the Lord God raises them up from the dead.  Then great fear will overtake them as they yet again see the overcoming power of our Heavenly Father.

Regardless of whether you are pre, mid, post tribulation rapture or even amillennialists this kind of terror is not meant for you.  The Lord God is AMAZING and we should not fear ANY days to come nor the signs, wonders, miracles, or events that we are seeing or hearing around us today.  Jesus has the keys of Hades and of death (Revelation 1:18) and is LORD over all.  He is alive and forever on the throne.  Best of all He loves you.  Fear Not!

386. Fearless and Faithful

il_340x270-1301284640_ix7bRevelation 2:10 NKJV  Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Faithfulness is the quality of being true and utterly constant in our lives.  It is more than commitment; it is the allowing ones commitment to permeate into every aspect of their daily life.  The faithfulness of God is one reason we never have to fear in life.  Faithfulness is also to be our response in the midst of a fearful circumstance.

In Jesus’ discourse to the church in Smyrna as recorded by the Apostle John, He warns them that suffering will be coming their way and admonishes them not to be afraid but to instead be faithful in the midst of their tribulation.  He tells them that suffering is coming their way and does not promise them exemption from it, but instead commands them not to be afraid of it and to simply remain faithful during it.

Despite what most of us would desire, the Gospel does not promise that life with Christ will be free from problems, difficulties, persecution or even suffering.  Jesus actually tells us, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NLT)”  In a world still, itself, suffering from the results of sin, it’s inhabitants even those who follow Jesus also find themselves impacted by the effects of a world infected by it.  But don’t despair, both of these verse give us direction and hope.

It is first important to note that the Lord is was not the author of the church in Smyrna’s suffering.  Nor is He the source of yours.  Suffering in the world is a result of any number of things: the fallen world, the devil, decisions of others, our own decisions, etc… but it is not because of God.  Instead He gives us hope.  A hope that tells us to remain encouraged, because He has overcome the world and though we are here in a messed up world, we are part of Glorious Kingdom and have been crowned with His everlasting life.  Therefore, no matter the circumstance or trial we can and should take heart, not fear, and faithfully live out His Word.

Allow your commitment to Christ to permeate every area of your life.  You can remain faithful and constant even in the midst of a horrifying situation.  Jesus is with you and He has given you the crown of life.  So fear not and faithfully live for Him now because no matter what you face you have already triumphed and been crowned victorious.  Let’s live fearless & faithful.

384. The Wrong Way

wrong-way-sign-1477308368hguJude 1:23 NKJV  but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Jude 1:23 NLT  Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

As Believers we have been commissioned to share the glorious good news that Jesus is alive and has provided a way to have an abundant and eternal life with Him.  Certainly not everyone will embrace the hope that is in Him, but we are to as the Message paraphrase says, “Go after those who take the wrong way.”

In doing so we find ourselves talking to people both believers and certainly non-believers that have ideas, habits, and practices that may be very foreign to us.  These can often cause one to feel unsure about how to react, anxious, or even fearful.  Many times I’ve sat and had conversations with people whose lifestyles, beliefs and practices were outrageously abhorrent to me.  Some people’s sin really seem to bother other, but just because their sin is unthinkable to you remember that your sin was unthinkable to God too.  Our goal is to be tender to sinners.  To do so we certainly don’t embrace sin or are soft on sin, but we don’t fear the sin that people engage in.  Our job is to reverence God and watch out for spiritual pride.  If we don’t we’ll fall head first into our own mess.

Elisabeth Elliot, an author and Christian speaker, said, “Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.”  Part of the fear in these situations stems from the idea that somehow we must change a person’s behavior, feeling incompetent to talk to them, or even believing that somehow we’ll be contaminated if we interact with the “wrong” people.  This is selfish and only focused on our comfort.  I certainly don’t advocate living every moment of your life around non-believers, but Jesus said, “I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.”  Our mission is to try to reach them and this means you’ll have to put yourself out there sometimes.  However, that also doesn’t mean that everything depends on us.

Jesus is present and it is the Holy Spirit that brings conviction to the hearts of men (John 16:8).  Our job is to share the letter that He has written on our hearts (2 Corinthians 3:3).  So don’t fear the fire of sin that someone is in and watch out for spiritual pride which is just as bad.  Instead, reverence God and love people.  If you must fear; instead of fearing someone or their sin, fear for them and work all the more to share His glorious grace and love to those who take the wrong way.