Romans 3:18 KJV There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Romans 3:18 NLT “They have no fear of God at all.”
Romans 3:18 MSG They never give God the time of day.
A wonderful woman of God whom my wife, Valarie and I know, said, “The fear of God isn’t being afraid of Him, it’s being afraid of being away from Him. It doesn’t keep us at a distance, it keeps us close.” – Kim Saylor, Co-Pastor of Jubilee Bible Church.
As a child of God, the God who is LOVE, we need not be afraid of Him. It is however, when I recognize just how awesome He is, that at the sound of His voice all that is was created that I realize just how fearless we should be. Especially, when I see that from the beginning all He has done has been so He could express the very nature of who He is to me.
The more I learn of His great love for me the more I want to stay in His glorious presence. It is a love that frees us from all fear. Unfortunately, too many have a wrong view of God that either keeps them running from Him or just ignoring His attempts to develop a relationship with Him. Give Him some time today. The fear of God will free you from all fear and lead you closer into a glorious relationship with Him.
John 16:33 NKJV These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
At the conclusion of His farewell speech to His disciples, having told them yet again and very plainly that He is about to die and they will endure hardships, Jesus tells them to be of good cheer. Literally He told them to be of good courage or to Fear Not. Then He tells them why they needn’t fear, because He has overcome the world. GLORY!
There is no longer any reason to fear anything in the world because Jesus has overcome it. Sure there will be difficult times. Sure there will be trials and trouble. There will be less than ideal circumstances. There will be opposition to your great ideas. There will be obstacles to overcome. There will be people that hurt you. There will be betrayal. There will be loved ones who die. There will be loss. There will be taxes. There will be gray skies. There will be pain. There will be persecution. BUT we needn’t fear any of it. Jesus has overcome it all. He has overcome ALL the troubles of life.
You and I can have peace in HIM even in the midst of the storms of life. During the troubles that occur in life we can walk in peace knowing that Jesus has defeated them and that we walk in His victory. Be of good courage. Be of good cheer. FEAR NOT. Jesus has overcome the troubles of life.
John 14:27 NKJV Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I’ve heard it said that the benediction of speaking “peace” to people or to homes one might visit was a common practice in Jesus’ days. Still, He went further when He said, “My peace I give to you.” His peace (being God) is one that certainly only He can impart but then Jesus went even further to differentiate it from any other form or expression of peace saying, “…not as the world gives do I give to you.” The world’s peace in inconstant, unsettling, and transient. It’s empty. As soon as you find the peace it was promising you through things, wealth, power, fame, etc… you realize it is already fading and you’re on the hunt again. This is frustrating and troubling for our hearts. It leaves us wondering and fearing that we’ll never find it. But there is a better way. Embrace the Peace that Jesus left for you.
He’s made obtaining and maintaining peace so simple. The peace of God that only He can impart, has already been given to us through Christ Jesus. Our job is to renew our mind and live in the reality that there is no longer a struggle to find peace. We no longer have enmity with God. We have been reconciled to Him and all that He has He has freely made available to us.
There is no longer any situation that has the power to overwhelm us or cause us to fear. The peace of God has been given to us. It is always present. It is always near. The peace of God is filling and fulfilling. His peace is one that is realized through the Son. As we grow in understanding His love for us and His grace toward us we realize the joy and the peace that the world knows not. We become utterly secure in the reality that we are In Christ and are safe in Him no matter what the situations of life may look like don’t allow your fear to trouble you… You have HIS peace. If you can’t find what you did with it, look back at Jesus you’ll find it in Him.
John 14:16-18 NKJV And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— (17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (18) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Hebrews 13:5 NKJV Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.”
Autophobia or monophobia is the fear of being alone. It is closely related to isolophobia a fear of being isolated, ignored. But neither of these fears need plague God’s people for we are never alone.
Before His crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, Jesus said that He would be going away, but that He would not leave us orphans. Thankfully He will return for His Church. In the meantime, He still did not leave us alone. Instead He sent the Holy Spirit who abides with us forever. When we were born-again the Holy Spirit took up residence in every Believer. We are never alone.
The Spirit of God is a friend like no other. Ever present. Full of wonder. Giver of Truth. Possessor of Wisdom. A Heavenly Coach that will walk with us through every circumstance or trial we experience in life, leading us through and into the abundant life that is ours in Christ.
Most of my childhood and adolescent years my parents left for work before I went to school and returned home after I had been home a few hours. During the summer or winter breaks, I spent a lot of time at home alone. Sometimes it was fine. Sometimes it was great. Sometimes it was scary. The cracks and creeks of the ranch style house or of the towering trees in the woods behind our home, or the shadows of an animal passing one of the windows would cause be to jump. I felt alone.
But as a child of God, I am never alone. I have God the Holy Spirit with me everywhere I go. Ephesians 1:13 tells us that when we believe in Christ we “…were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise”, and he will never leave me nor forsake me. And if you’ve been born-again, He’ll never leave you either. Fear Not; You are Not Alone.
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.
John 9:22-25 NKJV His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. (23) Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” (24) So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” (25) He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
In John chapter 9 we meet a man that was born blind and has spent his entire adult life begging (v8). He was well known by those that visited the temple at the Mt. of Olives. As Jesus left the temple after supernaturally avoiding being stoned after He revealed Himself as I AM he passed by this man and healed him.
Later this man’s neighbors saw him seeing, questioned him about who healed him, and took him to the Pharisees when he told them that some guy named Jesus healed him by putting mud in his eyes and sending him to go wash it off at the pool of Siloam. Everyone was shocked that this man could see. The Pharisees sought confirmation from his parents that he had indeed been blind from birth. Once they confirmed they were asked how Jesus could heal their son and what they thought about Him. That’s when they became afraid. His parents believed that this miracle pointed to the reality that Jesus was the Christ, but didn’t know how they could even begin to scripturally explain their belief. They also knew that saying such a thing would have them excommunicated from the synagogue and they would be harshly criticized.
Sometimes people don’t speak up because they are not confident in their understanding of Scripture to answer all the arguments that people have. Praise God, you don’t have to. In verse 25 the man previously blind speaks up saying, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know; that thought I was blind, now I see.” His statement proves you don’t have to have a theology degree to speak up about Jesus. All you have to do is tell others what He’s done for you. But what about His parent’s fear of being criticized and socially outcast… well they did kick this man out of the synagogue, but then Jesus found him, strengthened him, and ministered to him.
I hear from people that tell me they are too afraid to tell people about Jesus. First of all that is selfish. People are dying and going to Hell because they don’t know Him and they are concerned that someone won’t like them. Well if they wake up in Hell and know you could have at least told them about Jesus they really won’t like you. Sometimes they tell me they just don’t know enough or how to answer the questions that people ask. Neither did this ex-blind guy in John 9 but he told them what he did know. He told them what Jesus had done for them. Nobody can argue that. Secondly, so what if you are ostracized. This man was kicked out of the synagogue and then Jesus strengthened and ministered to him. His parents fear kept them in the in crowd, but it also kept them from being personally strengthened and ministered to by Jesus
What freed the man born blind from fear? Perhaps it was that his whole life he had already been a kind of social outcast relegated to begging for an income. If you’ve never really been accepted the threat of rejection might not hold as much power. Or maybe it was the fact that he had a LIFE CHANGING encounter with Jesus that was so fresh to him, he simply couldn’t keep his mouth shut. I lean to the latter. Keeping ourselves grateful and in mind of all that Jesus has done for us empowers and emboldens us to share what He’s done with others without fear.
Luke 21:9 NKJV But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.
Luke 21:11 NKJV And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
Though most Christians universally agree that Jesus was speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD, many believe that He was also speaking of the climate of the world prior to his second coming. Regardless of how you interpret the Scripture, Jesus’ advice not to fear still holds true.
We live in a volatile world with wars and commotions erupting constantly around the globe. In addition, the frequency of earthquakes and other natural disasters are also on the rise. The nightly news is constantly filled with armed conflicts, civil unrest, and devastating storms, all of which are fearful sights. Still we do not need to fear. Jesus knew they would take place.
No matter how you interpret the passages in Luke 21 or Matthew 24, the Lord is not surprised. He is the Alpha & the Omega, the beginning and the end. He saw your present circumstance before you were ever in it. He saw the decisions lawmakers and world leaders would make and nothing surprises Him. That’s good news for us. That means that our loving Father knew what would take place and is working to lead away from harm before we get in it. For the circumstances beyond our decision making control, we have promises that He has provided a way of escape (1Cor 10:13).
So listen to Jesus, “…do not be terrified.” Jesus isn’t surprised of the circumstance and He has a plan for you to bring you through it in victory.
“If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.” –Seneca