345. Macrophobia – A fear of long waits.

how-long-would-you-wait-the-high-cost-of-wasting-customers-timeActs 1:7-11 NKJV  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  (8)  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  (9)  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  (10)  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,  (11)  who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

I don’t know anyone that just loves to wait, but some don’t just hate it; they fear it.  Like any fear there are higher, more debilitating levels and lower levels.  If you spend some time thinking you will probably think of a number of people that have exhibited macrophobia.  It’s not that they are necessarily in a hurry but they are just anxious about waiting for the answer, the movie, the phone call, the amusement park ride, the doctor’s office, etc….  Some Christians even get anxious as we WAIT for His return.  I believe some of the people that saw the Lord ascend into Heaven experienced macrophobia.

Jesus just told them that it was none of their business when the Father would have Him return to set up His earthly kingdom.  Instead, He told them they should be walking in the power of the Spirit and providing evidence that Jesus is Alive.  Yet as He ascended, they just stood there staring up into the sky.  We don’t know how long they stood there looking, but apparently it was long enough that the Lord had to send some angels to them to tell them to get back to the important business at hand.

Sometimes I think He wants to send angels to us to tell us the same thing.  Many times under the stresses and trials of life I’ve told the Lord, “You can come back anytime now.”  Or said, “You know this would be a whole lot easier if you just came back already.”  And I don’t think I’m alone.  I look forward to the glorious day that our Savior returns for His Church, but sometimes I just want it now because I don’t want to deal with something or am under some other pressure and want relief.  Sometimes though, I just yearn to be with Him so bad that I no longer want to wait to see Him face to face.  You know what the Lord’s response to people that don’t want to wait is?  Stop waiting and go do something.

That’s it.  He said do something.  If you hate waiting for things, do something else.  Take a book with you to the doctor’s office, do some push-ups or crunches during commercials, or find something else use full to do while you wait.  For those waiting for His return or getting over anxious for it, reading and re-reading every eschatological book they can get their hands on; or for those just wishing He’d come back so we could avoid a difficult conversation or circumstance… Stop it!  Go do something productive for the Kingdom.  Jesus is coming back.  We’ve been commissioned to tell others about His return.  Get busy!


344. Get Out of the House!

John 20:19 NKJV  Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

On the evening of the day of His resurrection, Jesus who had already been seen by Mary Magdalene and proclaimed to be alive to a few other ladies by an angel is about to appear to His disciples.  These great men and women of God, who had been following Jesus for years now, were huddled together in a home with the windows drawn and the doors shut because they were afraid.  They were hiding.  They were afraid.

They had heard that Jesus body was gone.  They weren’t sure what they thought about Mary’s testimony that she had seen and spoken to Jesus, but they were sure that they were being considered as prime suspects in the disappearance of Jesus’ body.  They feared that they would be put to death as His disciples or apprehended as body snatchers so they hid.  Their fear kept them from living life, proclaiming God’s goodness, and certainly hindered them from hearing testimonies and remembering both God’s Word and what Jesus Himself had told them about how He must die and be resurrected.

Then Jesus walks in to the midst of their fearful situation and says, “Peace be with you.”  His presence and His Word bring us peace when we are overwhelmed.  When we realize that we have His peace and have been sent by God on a mission of mercy to the world we will leave the house.  Your house is whatever fears you allow to keep you bound up.  They prevent you from living life.  They keep you from embracing His Promises to you.  They also keep us from fulfilling our purpose and our call as His ambassadors in the Earth.

It is time to get out of the house.  It’s time to shed your fears.  And the Church is not exempt.  For LIGHT to truly be effective it must be in the darkness.  Fear keeps the church huddled up together and contained by the darkness all around us.  After Jesus walked into that home and said, “Peace be with you” everything changed for those men and women.  They knew it was time to get out of the house.  They knew they had destiny to do.

You have destiny to do too.  Jesus has come into your house and spoken peace to you in the midst of your fears just like He did those disciples that day.  It’s time to get out of the HOUSE.  The light in you is powerful; go shine it in the darkness.  You have His peace!  Fear Not!

302. Don’t Fear the Lord Moving In Your Life

faithfearMatthew 14:25-27 NKJV Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. (26) And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. (27) But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Early one morning after sending His disciples on a boat without Him hours before, Jesus unexpectedly shows up in a remarkable way that REALLY took the disciples by surprise. They weren’t afraid of JESUS, but they were afraid because they of how He showed up and their unbelief in how it was possible.

Will you give the Lord permission to move in your life in a way that is unexpected?

Sometimes in our lives the Lord shows up and begins to do things in a way we didn’t expect. The disciples certainly expected Him to get to the other side of the sea, but they never imagined Him walk on the water to get there. Many times we pray and believe God to move in situations in our lives, meet a need, heal, reach a loved one, etc… and we have our own notions about how He should or is going to do something. Then when He begins to move in our situation, our life, our service or in us we freak out and say, “that can’t be God” because He is moving in a way we didn’t expect and never could imagine.

One time while walking to the entrance of a grocery store to get some supplies for dinner, right out of the blue and very unexpectedly the Lord told me to go minister to a worker on break and told me to tell them that their friend who died the night before was with the Lord and God just wanted them to know not to worry and that He loved them. WHAT?! I wasn’t sure what to do and I was a bit scared. I thought, “Lord, is that you?” even though I knew His voice and recognized that it was Him speaking to me. You see He spoke to me and though I know He is with us all the time by His Spirit, I certainly wasn’t expecting Him to “show up” at the grocery store and want me to do something. I was afraid of being wrong. I was afraid of being embarrassed. And I was afraid of the idea that God really might just use me at any moment if I’d make myself available.

I obeyed and she was blessed and turns out had just received a call about a good friend who had been shot the night before. God’s timing and method was perfect. It was totally unexpected by me and by her, but the Lord knew what He was doing.

Other times we just miss the Lord because we can’t believe its Him moving in an unlikely way at an unlikely time. Learn to know His voice and recognize His Word. Then when the Lord begins to move in your situations you’ll recognize Him and not fear. If the Lord always showed up and did things the way you think that He should… we’ll He certainly wouldn’t be as effective as He is and we’d never grow in awe and in faith in how amazing He is. If the Lord showed up in your life or situation in a way you didn’t expect or understand, would you be afraid? Or would you recognize that it was the Lord, celebrate, and fear not?

297. Fear Not the World Needs You

ps34picMatthew 10:25-31 NKJV It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! (26) Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. (27) “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. (28) And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (29) Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. (30) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (31) Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Jesus was boldly telling His disciples that the same people and forces that persecuted Him, would also come after them, but that they need not fear. Just prior to this section of verses Jesus told them that if they get ran out of one town to go to the next. Who said being a disciple would be easy?

I have heard it said that if you just follow and do what the Bible says everything will be just great. This kind of sunshine and roses talk… just isn’t Biblical. Sure we have victory and are to walk in an overcoming faith, but Jesus told these guys they were going to suffer difficulty for doing the right thing and telling people about Him. NEWS FLASH: Some people don’t like it when you do the right thing. The devil sure doesn’t like it and will use whatever forces including persecution by others to get you into fear so you will stop telling people the Gospel of Christ and giving God opportunity to demonstrate His Word through accompanying signs and wonders.

Jesus tells His disciples and us by application not to fear persecution for sharing the grace and love filled message of Christ. He tells them to be bold and openly share, “speak in the light; and… preach on the housetops.” He tells them the worst thing that can happen is their physical body is killed and they go to heaven and reminds them that it isn’t about them because they are in the Kingdom, but those they are ministering to are doomed without Christ. Then Jesus reminds them of their incredible value. Just in case you don’t know; you are priceless. The priceless blood of Christ was paid for you.

Jesus loves us so much that he gave His life for us. If our Lord loves us this much and has promised to keep us, why should we ever fear living our lives openly for Him every day? I can’t promise that following Him will make everyday sunshine and roses, but I can promise you a fearless confidence that we will live together forever with Him. We hold the Word of God and the Reality of Christ in our hearts that others don’t have. If they don’t hear, they can’t believe. If they don’t believe, they won’t share in the glorious eternity before us. Instead they will encounter eternity in Hell. Your security is established and complete in Him. Fear Not, the world needs you.

295. Take No Thought

thethinkerMatthew 6:25-27 NKJV “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (26) Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (27) Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Matthew 6:31 NKJV “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

There are a number of different computer platforms available. There are Windows, Mac, Linux, Android which serve as the Operating System for a computer by which every other application or software is accessed and organized on it.

There may be a program you want to use, but if it is not compatible with the platform that is in operation it will not open. Now although you can install a computer with two different platforms you can’t operate both of those platforms effectively at the same time. Faith and Fear are the two platforms that function in the life of a Believer and through them you access your future.

“The enemy uses fear to bring about his plan in your life.” – Kathy Fleming, Fleming Ministries.

Just like faith is the means by which we access all of God’s promises and His divine plan for our lives; fear is the means the enemy uses to bring about his plan. Fear can’t access and open up the blessings and promises of God. It’s not compatible. It will only give you access to the counterfeit.

Don’t allow the platform of worry and fear to operate in your life. They will only serve to access negative expectations in your life like lack. Instead, listen to Jesus. Look to and trust your good and loving Father, who will surely provide and take care of you. Keep operating in faith and all the promises of God as well as His good and glorious plan for you will continue to flow and be realized.

Regardless of what platform or OS you use for your computer, be sure to use God’s OS of faith for your Kingdom living. Walk in His goodness and blessings. Fear Not!

287. Running In Circles

Running-around-in-circlesHaggai 1:3-9 NKJV Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, (4) “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” (5) Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! (6) “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” (7) Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! (8) Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. (9) “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.

 Fear is self-centered, because it is always focused on “ME”. Even when we fear for others (such as being afraid for someone’s safety) we are actually focused on how what happens to them will affect us. When we allow fear to drive us… we will always get our priorities out of order. This is what the Lord is addressing in Haggai chapter 1.

In Haggai chapter 1 the Jews have been released from Babylonian exile and have returned to their lands. Their focus was placed on re-building their homes and re-establishing their businesses. Neither of which is evil or a wrong thing in themselves, but their priorities were misplaced and this only led to more difficulties and delayed their progress. Their hearts were turned toward themselves and what they needed to do to address their fears. But when there was an attitude shift and their priorities to put the Lord first were realigned, the people began to enjoy the benefits of having the Lord’s presence among them.

Sometimes we lose focus on what our genuine priorities should be. We allow pressure of deadlines and fears to get our priorities out of order. God desires that our relationship with Him and our following His instruction through the Word and by His Spirit to be 1st in our lives. Keeping this priority 1st gives us strength and confidence of His presence with us as we, united with the Lord tackle any issues and circumstances that come our way.

Making the Lord first again begins with a shift in our attitude, which will lead to confidence and increased awareness of His very real presence, and then be seen in our actions. Prayer is a great place to start. It will also be seen and recognized in our devotional lives, how we see the things of God including meeting with others to worship Him, and in our service in the local church. Fear and self-centeredness will keep you running in circles. Getting our priorities right is the first step to seeing God’s plan unfolded and laid out before us so we can move ahead into all the good and great things He has in store. Fear Not!

285: Completely Secure and Fearless

secureZephaniah 3:13 KJV The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

 Zephaniah 3:13 GNB The people of Israel who survive will do no wrong to anyone, tell no lies, nor try to deceive. They will be prosperous and secure, afraid of no one.”

Zephaniah prophecies of a time when God’s people will live in true righteousness; not doing wrong, lying, nor trying to deceive others. Instead they will live completely secure and fearless from anyone or anything that had ever previously threatened them. Though varying ideas as to exactly when this prophecy will be fulfilled in the lives of God’s people, this Scripture does give us instruction on how we can walk in these truths now. It tells us the reason that God’s people are prosperous, secure, and “none shall make them afraid,” is because they shall feed and lie down.

When we follow our Lord as sheep their shepherd (Ps 23) we have no cause for fear. Our Shepherd leads us to the choicest pastures to feed. He leads us to the pasture of His Word. Jesus the Christ is the Word of God made flesh. He has provided us with the fullness of His life giving Word, whereby we are strengthened, comforted, and built up in faith. His Word reveals what John Gill’s exposition of the Entire Bible calls the “Gospel provisions made in His house.” It is there in the fields of His Word of truth where we learn fearlessness.

It is in discovering the intimate realities of who we are In Him and the great lengths to which He has gone to rescue, deliver, and empower us that embolden us to know that we can surely rest fearless in Him confident that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5) and that He is greater than any challenge which may come against us. It is the nourishment in His Word and the rest we receive in His ever present presence that keeps us confidently secure and safe. It is our adherence to His Word and His leading that impacts how we live as people of integrity reflecting His nature.

Zephaniah 3:13 shows us God’s will that His people live righteous without lies and deceit in this world. It also show us that one day all of His people will live prosperous, secure and fearless in Him. The great news is we don’t have to wait. We can experience the rest found in His pastures and the faith to stand without fear of any situation in the manna of His Word. Let His Word fill your heart and enjoy the “Gospel provisions made in His house” and no one or nothing will make you afraid.

 Cyril: “When Christ the Good Shepherd Who laid down His life for His sheep, shone upon us, we are fed in gardens and pastured among lilies, and lie down in folds; for we are folded in Churches and holy shrines, no one scaring or spoiling us, no wolf assailing nor lion trampling on us, no robber breaking through, no one invading us, to steal and kill and destroy; but we abide in safety and participation of every good, being in charge of Christ the Saviour of all.”