1. Run to NOT From the Throne

shutterstock_coulds-resizedGenesis 3:10 NKJV  So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Genesis 3:10 BBE  And he said, Hearing your voice in the garden I was full of fear, because I was without clothing: and I kept myself from your eyes.

After Adam disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he experienced shame and fear for the first time.  The shame he felt for his rebelliousness against God’s command, and his fear of how God would react, drove Adam to attempt to avoid and hide from God.  That same sense of shame and fear as a result of sin is still driving people to attempt to run, hide, and avoid the presence of God.

Just as God enjoyed walking through His garden, spending time with His creation and talking with Adam, He enjoys walking the garden of our hearts, spending time and speaking with us.  That sense of guilt, of shame, of condemnation and fear of God keeps us from that close place of fellowship with Him.  But, FEAR NOT!  For Jesus bore the shame and the penalties of sin in His body (Heb 12:2; Isa 53:12; 1Pet 3:18).  Hebrews 1:3 says, “…He Himself purged our sins…” and we are now restored to a place of fellowship with God where we can “…come boldly to the throne of Grace…” (Heb 4:16) and obtain mercy and help when we need it.

Don’t let sin and shame keep you from walking with God today.  1 John 1:9 tells us, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  God is not mad at you; you have been justified by the blood of Christ (Rom 5:9); there is nothing to fear.  So, FEAR NOT!  But boldly enter the throne of Grace and go for a stroll with the Lord your God today.

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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!

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. 

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!

385. Jesus’ 3 Reasons Not to Fear

fear-notRevelation 1:17-18 NKJV  And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.  (18)  I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

One day while John was in the Spirit (most likely meaning he was fully engaged in worshiping the Lord, praying in the Holy Spirit, singing psalms, hymns & songs given by the Spirit, lost in meditation of the Word, or some other form of worship where his attention was turned totally toward the Lord), Jesus appears to him in a glorified way that he never encountered Him before during Jesus’ earthly ministry.  It says His eyes were like a flame of fire, His head & hair were white and wooly, His feet were like polished pure brass, His voice like a roaring waterfall, & His face was as bright as the midday sun.  This would truly be an overwhelming and fearful sight to most of us and John was no different, falling down on his face at Jesus’ feet.  Then Jesus picks him up and says, “Stop being afraid.” International Standard Version.

Then Jesus shares 3 truths with John that comforted him and abated his fears, before giving him 7 important messages to local churches of the day and taking him by the Spirit to Heaven where he would receive the rest of the Revelation.  These 3 truths not only helped subside John’s fear, but they will also help us in living free from fear today.  Jesus said, “”Stop being afraid! I am the first and the last, the living one. I was dead, but look-I am alive forever and ever! I have the keys of Death and Hades.” (ISV)

  1. Fear not – Jesus is the First & the Last. This speaks to His Divine nature.  Remember, you don’t just have a relationship with a man, this man also happens to be a part of the Godhead and was a part of the beginning of all things.  Jesus is also the Last.  He always gets the last word in and at the end of time He will hand the Kingdom back over to the Father (1Corinthians 15:24-26) and we will all live together forever.  If we’ll really get revelation of Him and live in a constant reality that the faithful One who is the First & the Last is always for us, with us, & in us, we’ll be like John and quickly get up on our feet.
  2. Fear not – Jesus is alive. This speaks of His presence.  Revelation 1:18a in the Good News Bible says, “I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.”  There is no end to Jesus nor to His eternal love for us.  Hebrews 13:5 tells us He will never leave us.  As a follower of Jesus, we are never alone and therefore never have to fear.
  3. Fear not – Jesus has the keys of Hades and of Death. This speaks of His authority.  Hebrews 2:15 shows us that all fears ultimately stem from the fear of death (we’ve looked at this in previous blog posts and is discussed in my book Fearless Psalm 34:4  Living Free From Fear).  Since Jesus has authority over the thing that causes fear in the first place and has commissioned us to go in His authority and walk in fearless victory (Matthew 28:18-19, Romans 8:37), we can walk in His authority and live free from fear.

Jesus is picking each of us up today, helping us stand back up on our feet and saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

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.