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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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329. I Fear Therefore I am Fearless

Posted by John Smith on April 7, 2017

Luke 5:26 NKJV  And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”

Luke 7:16 NKJV  Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”

Luke 8:25 NKJV  But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”

Luke 8:35-37 NKJV  Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.  (36)  They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed.  (37)  Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.

In each of these Scriptures people became overwhelmed with the only good kind of fear… a holy one.  In Luke 5:26 they saw a paralyzed man walk carrying the stretcher he was lowered through the roof on.  In Luke 7:16 Holy fear fell upon all present when Jesus raised a widow’s only son from the dead.  In Luke 8:25 the disciples were overcome with fear after Jesus calmed the wind and the waves.  Then in Luke 8:35-37 we see town overcome with fear after Jesus delivered a demonized man.

These of these examples that left people in Holy awe and fear of the awesomeness of our Lord.  They show His power, compassion, mercy, and authority.  Each of them provide us with examples why we needn’t live in any fear other than one produced from getting a revelation of just how marvelous and mighty our Lord is.  It is that revelation of just who He is and how deep His love for you and me is that causes us to sense that Holy Fear.  It is also how we know He has freed us from fear and we no longer have to be afraid.  It is our Holy Fear that leads us to live fearless.  I fear therefore I am fearless.

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326. You Don’t Have to Respond in Fear

Posted by John Smith on March 17, 2017

53035-cheer-up-its-fridayLuke 2:48 NLT  His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” His mother said to Him, “why have You done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for You everywhere.”

Now I want you do go back and read that verse again keeping in mind that Jesus’ mom and step-dad have been looking for him for 3 days now.  I can imagine what their voices would have sounded like.  I’m sure they were filled with relief, excitement, as well as a bit of confusion, frustration, anger, and probably a bit gravelly from having searching the streets calling out for him day and night.  They had to have been terrified.

As a son in this situation… I too would have been terrified.  I would have been terrified that my daddy was gonna ream me out good and that I’d be getting some kind of punishment.  Some kids would have copped an attitude and said, “Chill mom, I’m good. I don’t need you looking out for me, I can take care of myself.”  Some kids like me would have been horrified of either punishment or in my case that my parents would be gravely disappointed in me and respond either profusely apologetic or like I imagine I would have been solemn, sincere and offer a horrified apology.  Yet Jesus wasn’t either of those.  Jesus didn’t respond in fear.

Jesus was confident and calm when He responded, “Why did you need to search? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s House?”  He wasn’t afraid of losing His mother or step-dad’s approval of Him.  He neither pushed back with arrogance nor shuddered in fear.  He didn’t have to… He was confident in who He was and in His relationship with the Father.  It is our confidence in who we are in Him and in our relationship with the Father that secure us so we can always respond calmly and with confidence in any situation and never have to react or respond from fear.

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320. Identity, Purpose, Strategy

Posted by John Smith on February 3, 2017

Mark 11:18 NKJV  And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.

You might remember the nursery rhyme, “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? The big bad wolf? The big bad wolf…” But certainly not, who’s afraid of Jesus?  Yet the scribes and chief priests were threatened and terrified by the teaching of Jesus.  They were afraid of losing their power and position among the people they were called to serve, but instead looked at as people sent to serve them.  They were afraid of losing their power so much that they were willing to destroy others for it.

Jesus certainly didn’t want His followers to leave Him, betray Him, nor deny Him, yet He wasn’t afraid of them leaving Him either.  Jesus’ confidence in who He was/is, His purpose, and His commitment to serve others empowered Him to not fear when others weren’t so sure footed and left him.

Pastors, church leadership, ministry leaders, and church goers however often fear when they attendance begins to wain within a church.  They are afraid the bills won’t be paid, that the work won’t be done (or they will have to do even more of it themselves), other people won’t see them as influential anymore, that they aren’t a good speaker, or their own feeling of self-worth is being threatened all of which is distracting them from where their focus should lie.

You see whether its people leaving your church or leaving your life you will have the opportunity to fear, but you don’t have to.  It was Jesus’ confidence in His relationship with the Father and knowing who He was that protected Him from the fear that comes when our identity is wrapped up in people or what we do.  It was the surety in His purpose that allowed Him to fearlessly stand against the pressures that said you are going under and fulfill His purpose when nobody else was left to stand with Him.  It was His commitment to serve that protected Him from the fear of what others said about Him, fear of how many followed Him, or what they thought about Him.

In life and in local churches, people will come and go.  You don’t have to be moved to fear during those times.  The scribes and chief priests feared for selfish reasons… all fear is selfish, but knowing your identity, your purpose, and your strategy to see it through will keep you steady and fearless when people leave.

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316. His Voice Empowers Us to Fear Not

Posted by John Smith on January 6, 2017

timetolisten-560x280Mark 5:35-36 NKJV  While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”  (36)  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Jairus’ daughter is home lyingat the brink of death as he passionately is pursuing Jesus, who is making His way with Jairus towards his home.  Jesus has already stopped once to minister to a woman who had reached out in faith drawing healing virtue from him healing her of the flow of blood she has had incessantly for 12 years.  Then just as Jesus proceeds again toward his home and still in the midst of this horrible situation a man delivers the report to him that his daughter is dead.  But then right at that moment at the height of Jairus’ fear where all hope seems to be lost Jesus spoke to him.  “Fear Not, only believe.”

Jesus spoke to him in the midst of his storm and now Jairus had a choice.  First Jairus had to be listening and “pay attention” to what Jesus said and just hear words, which could easily be drowned out by the thoughts in his head.  Then he had to decide if he would trust and obey what Jesus spoke.  Jairus had to choose to stop fearing and mix what Jesus had said to him with faith.

No matter what you are going through or what may ever come your way, there will be a moment where Jesus will speak to you.  For me, usually the Holy Spirit will speak a scripture or a word or two to my heart.  Sometimes, someone will say something to me or I’ll hear a phrase on the TV or radio and the Holy Spirit will supernaturally highlight it in my heart and then begin ministering to me.

Once in the midst of a financial trial while seeking the Lord for wisdom, He simple said, “Look to your left.”  When He did, I looked over and saw a piece of equipment that we had but rarely ever used and hadn’t for months.  Then I heard, “There’s $220 right there.”  Then I got excited and said that’s not enough, but I know it’s just the start and immediately got up took a picture and listed it for sale, mixing what I heard with faith.  While doing so, the Lord showed me how to make another $1000 and within 3 days’ time we had $1220.

In the midst of your circumstance, the Lord will speak to you too.  Be ready for it and listen.  Sometimes people miss it or overlook it because of the distractions from the storm of life they are in, but He’ll speak to you.  When He does, do what Jairus did and mix it with faith.  Make a decision to follow His Word and believe Him.  If He gives you instructions, follow them.  Listening for His voice and mixing what He says with faith will not only empower you to FEAR NOT, but lead to your breakthrough too.

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310. Fear Not: Jesus is Alive

Posted by John Smith on November 25, 2016

jesus-is-aliveMatthew 28:4-8 NKJV  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.  (5)  But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  (6)  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  (7)  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”  (8)  So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

These tough manly soldiers sent to ensure that none of Jesus’ disciples tried to steal His body, fainted in terror at the sight of one of God’s angels.  Yet, these three female disciples don’t appear to have moved.  I’m not sure why they didn’t fall to the ground at the sight of this angel, perhaps it was because they had all seen some pretty spectacular things as followers of Jesus and being present at countless services with Him.  But he certainly gave them a great reason not to fear.  FEAR NOT: JESUS IS ALIVE!

While the soldiers had no clue what was happening and were terrified of the natural things occurring around them (earthquakes, angelic beings with faces like lightning, a massive stone being easily rolled by this angel), and would have been further scared by his message if they heard it; these ladies were comforted.  The revelation that Jesus was alive freed them from any fear that the angelic presence and earthquake may have caused.

The revelation that Jesus is Alive is powerful enough to free anyone from anything.  Because Jesus is alive there is no longer any reason to fear for a Believer.  The reality of His present and eternal physical livelihood is all the revelation you need to get free once and for all from fear.  But what about sickness? “Jesus is alive.”  What about lack?  “Jesus is alive.”  What if they kill you? “Jesus is alive.”  JESUS is ALIVE is the answer to all your fears so FEAR NOT: Jesus is Alive.

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299. You’re Worth Everything to Jesus

Posted by John Smith on September 9, 2016

precious-1199183_640Matthew 10:29-31 MSG “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. (30) He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail–even numbering the hairs on your head! (31) So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.

Matthew 10:31 NKJV  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

You are valuable to God. I speak to people, Believers everyday who… wait let’s go back to that first statement. You ARE Valuable To God. YOU, yourself, the person reading this right now. ARE, verb, present tense “to be” consist of, contain of, speaks of one’s nature and state. VALUABLE, a thing of great worth. TO GOD!!!!! Yet, believers everyday who I speak with live in fear that their Heavenly Father won’t take care of them and recoil from simple faith and trust in their loving Father.

I hate to admit it but I’ve even had moments where a situation seems so big and I’ve allowed the awareness of God’s awesome and loving omnipresence to diminish and begin to worry and think… what am “I” going to do. That is always a problem.

It isn’t what am I going to do… It’s what has HE done and desires WE (me along with His help) do? The creator of the universe has joyfully and lovingly bonded Himself to us as great personal expense to Himself, having paid the price of our discretions with His own priceless blood. His love is so great that, He knows even the most obscure details about each of us on a molecular… and apparently according to this Scripture a follicular basis. Bottom line – He love us.

Whatever bill, report, or symptom you are facing today, remember He loves you and is with you. You are not alone. Father loves you so much that He sent Jesus, who willingly laid down His life for you out of LOVE. When we begin to forget our immense value to the Lord, fear steps in and begins to isolate us from Him. Don’t let it. Take time to remember and rejoice that the God of all creation is your loving Father and cares for you so much that He paid the ultimate price. Then when that problem that was causing anxiety and fear begins to rise its head, instead of saying, “Oh no, what am I going to do?” remember He is with you and He has delivered you. You are worth everything to God. Fear Not!

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Fearless Friday #298

Posted by John Smith on September 2, 2016

Matthew 10:26 NKJV Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

light-shining-in-the-darknessThese words were spoken by Jesus to His disciples concerning the topic of persecution.  There were a number of religious and political leaders that were threatened by Jesus’ popularity.  They had many back room conversations about Jesus, lies were spread, and secret plans were made to harm Him.  But there really hadn’t been any direct threat toward any of His followers at this time.  Jesus was letting the disciples closest to Him, the ones that He is about to send out on their first solo outreach ministry adventure, know that if they did these things to Him that they would also be subject to the threats, but that they needn’t fear.

Nobody is getting away with anything. Everything done in the dark will ultimately be revealed. Justice is always meted out. Everyone has a day of reckoning. We don’t need to fear because the justice we deserved was met with God’s amazing Grace and abundant Mercy.

As a Believer our day of reckoning occurred at Calvary, but we will still stand before Christ and have a face to face conversation about the things we did and didn’t do as His representatives on the Earth. Thankfully our salvation is not measured by our works, but by His atoning sacrifice. Those that have not believed on Christ will also have a day of reckoning before the Throne of God where they will be judged according to their works. This will be a horrible day for all those in that line, because no deed done will be hidden and every atrocity will be met with justice. God’s justice always prevails.

How is this comforting? Jesus is telling His disciples that although no one is standing up to defend Him nor putting a stop to the evil being plotted against them that every deed will be judged. Nobody is getting away with anything. We don’t need to fear what others might say or do to us, those deeds will either be met by the Blood of Jesus if they believe on Him or judged at the Throne of God. Justice will be served, but our focus should be on sharing with others the Love of God that has forgiven and washed clean all the sin we have done in darkness allowing us to stand fearless and boldly before our God.

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297. Fear Not the World Needs You

Posted by John Smith on August 26, 2016

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.

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294. How Are You Led?

Posted by John Smith on August 5, 2016

Matthew 2:13-14 NKJV Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” (14) When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,one-person-leading-others-in-line

One night there was a banging on my door in the middle of the night, it turned out to be nothing. But it got my heart pumping and the adrenaline was flowing as I quickly yet cautiously investigated who was at the door. The fact that the person was wearing a motorcycle helmet only escalated my tension and got me ready to defend my family, but it turned out to be nothing but a new neighbor who had just got home from a ride and was trying to figure out who parked in their driveway. NOTE: I did instruct them of the danger in knocking on peoples doors in the middle of the night while wearing a full faced helmet.

But Joseph’s late night visit didn’t end with him going back to bed. He packed up his family and made haste to flee from their home to a foreign land instead. That had to have been a horrifying experience for all of them, yet Joseph had already learned to from his angelic visitation a few years prior to trust in the instructions or words from God. In addition, the wise men bearing expensive gifts had recently visited them leaving them with ample provision if they could safely avoid thieves along the way to their destination.

Joseph was led by the word of God through an angel, but we have a more sure word. We can be led by the written Word and the Word of God spoken to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The Word and the Spirit which always agree are a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps 119:105). Following them diligently and consistently through every aspect of our lives strengthens us to resist fear in the most difficult and scariest moments of life. Joseph had confidence that the words he heard from that angel were of God so he fearlessly traveled with his family in the middle of the night to a nation he did not know.

Like Joseph, we can fearlessly travel through life. We do so with a more sure confidence in His Holy Scripture (2Peter1:16-20) and in the intimate relationship we have with the Spirit of the Living God. His Word is trustworthy and His leading is sure. Fear Not!

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