342. “Fear Not, I Have Overcome the World.” – Jesus

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.


339. No mo’ FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

John 14:16 NKJV  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—

One might think that nomophobia is being free from fear and having No-Mo-phobia… but it is actually the fear of being without your mobile device.  It is one of the fastest growing fears and anxieties in our culture.  Studies have shown that about 66 percent of adults feel extreme anxiety if they lose connection with their mobile device.  Before we start spending too much time on discussing this phenomenon let’s just jump to the root of the fear. People are afraid of being out contact… perhaps FOMO (fear of missing out) is partly to blame too.  But people increasingly become anxious the longer they are out of contact or the ability to be out of contact with others.

This phenomenon leads us to isolate and be alone even when together because we feel we must keep up on what is going on so we don’t miss out.  In reality we end up missing out on present opportunities to connect, laugh, and live life with others.  Don’t let FOMO steal from you and what you can have right now.  In John 14:16, Jesus said the Holy Spirit is with the Believer all the time.  Hebrews 13:5 tells us that He will never leave us.  You are never alone.  With the Holy Spirit with you, you are never alone and you are never missing out.  It’s ok to check your social media from time to time, but don’t let FOMO keep you from experiencing all that God has for you through a living and vital relationship with the ONE friend who you can always utterly depend on.  You don’t have to miss out on anything in life when you pull in close to the Holy Spirit, who desires to make sure you walk in and possess everything that Christ died for you to have.  Through your relationship with Him you can have no mo’ FOMO.

243. Learn From the Success of Others

Jeremiah 6:16 NKJV Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.

 Jeremiah 6:25 NKJV Do not go out into the field, Nor walk by the way. Because of the sword of the enemy, Fear is on every side.

 Last week we talked about avoiding fear by simply learning from the mistakes of others. Today let’s talk about surrounding ourselves with wise counsel.

When Israel got off track and began serving other gods, the Lord repeatedly warned them they were going to get themselves into trouble. Israel found themselves without peace and though they wanted to find peace and rest they only found fear on every side. Why? Because they wouldn’t listen to God or the counsel of those that walked in that fearless rest.

The Lord even encouraged them to look to the paths that their heroes of faith and ancestors walked and to follow in their footsteps. He’s encouraging them to look down the path before them and think about the path of those like Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Isaac, Moses, etc… and to learn from observing and studying them what are the right decisions and paths to take in life. Another way we might apply this wisdom to avoid finding ourselves with fear on every side is to surround ourselves with the wise counsel and advice of those who are walking in fearless rest or at least maintaining lives free from the terrors we wish to avoid.

God’s Word ultimately contains the purest and best advice and wisdom to avoid walking in the darkness and terror of fear. Also look for people walking in the genuine success you wish to have. Look to the happily married couple of 35+ years that have avoided the horrors of divorce and ask them about married life. Talk to the 50 or 55 year old middle class man who is debt free and is stockpiling his IRA for future retirement having avoided the terror associated with dodging debt collectors. Find someone who is walking in God’s rest in an area that you would like to and find out how they did it. When you find wise advice and see the paths of the wise that have avoided fearful circumstances in life learn from them and do not say, “I’m going to figure it out on my own and do it my way.” Learning from the lives of others and surrounding ourselves with wise counsel is one way we can avoid waking up with fear on every side.

240. 7 Reasons Not to Fear Dirty Looks

Jeremiah 1:4-9 NKJV Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: (5) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (6) Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” (7) But the LORD said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. (8)  Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD. (9) Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

In Fearless Friday #239, we talked about not having to be afraid and influenced by the looks other people may give you for just saying and doing what is right. I shared about being intimidated by the frowns, scrunched eyebrows, and lofty “I know more than you” expressions of people I was ministering to… or at least attempting to minister to. Thankfully, my delivery has gotten better and I’ve learned that some people just look that way. Some folk are just going to frown no matter what your say. Some people just come predetermined to not listen, dislike the message, or to have a bad day.

Verse 8 says we don’t have to be afraid of their faces because God is with us. GLORY! That is reason enough not to fear, but let’s look at some more anyway. Here are 7 reasons you don’t have to fear people’s dirty looks, when you do what is right.

  1. God knows you. The Lord has intimate knowledge about who you are. He knows all about you; every strength and every weakness, and He still loves you and wants to use you.
  2. God has sanctified you. You have been set apart. You have been made Holy. That doesn’t mean you’re perfect. You were sanctified in Christ before the foundation of the world. You are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit through the Word. And you will be sanctified when you see Him as He is and reflect Him in every way.
  3. God has ordained you. You have a divine purpose and function 1 Pe4:10. God has Holy plans for you and has anointed you to do them. Because HE has ordained you to do them you can do them fearlessly.
  4. God is sending you. “You’re on a mission from God.” You can fearless go wherever and to whomever He is sending you. In Mark chapter 16, Jesus said He has sent you to the world. Everywhere you go, you are on a mission from God.
  5. God has given you a command. He’s called you, He’s anointed you, He’s sent you, and He’s told us to preach the Gospel and love as He loves us.
  6. Because God really is with you.
  7. God’s Word is in your mouth… and in your heart (Rom 10:8). He’ll speak through you if you’ll allow Him. Fill your heart with His Word and He’ll fill your mouth with it in the right moments so you’ll never have to fear people’s faces.

 Jeremiah 1:8 BBE Have no fear because of them: for I am with you, to keep you safe, says the Lord.

239. What is Physiognomophobia?

Jeremiah 1:8 NKJV Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 1:8 BBE Have no fear because of them: for I am with you, to keep you safe, says the Lord.

Physiognomophobia is the fear of faces. Some call it the fear of scary faces but it really could just be the fear of faces in general. This should not be confused with the fear of Facebook which, although it does not have a scientific name, is gain much discussion ground on Psychology sites that discuss Social Anxiety Disorders and other Social Phobias.

The point is God doesn’t want you to fear people, especially when they frown, smirk, shake their heads, roll their eyes, etc… at you for saying or doing what is right or sharing your faith in Christ. Jeremiah was being called by God to be a mouthpiece of the Lord and declare His Word to Israel and to surrounding kingdoms. Jeremiah was afraid of how people would receive these messages through him because he was still a teenager and God knew that many wouldn’t to hear and would reject His Word no matter who He sent.

I remember early on in ministry when I’d minister somewhere. As I’d be preaching and teaching, often fumbling my words out of nerves and lacking conviction in making many points unsure and concerned how they would be received, I’d be moved by the grim faces on the congregation as some shook their heads, expressed boredom with their silent exhaling grunts and crossed arms, the constant glances to the clock or their watches to check the time (I’ve developed a lot of sympathy for my school teachers remembering how I’d disinterestedly watch the second hand tick instead of paying attention), and even heard the audible yet muffled expressions of disagreement with what I said. It bothered me, impacted the delivery of the message, and sometimes I allowed it to keep me from saying or doing what the Lord put in my heart. I succumbed to the fear of their faces.

How about this? Have you ever need to have a conversation with somebody that you strongly felt they really didn’t want to hear and would make them mad? When you do speak to them often the hardest part is to look them in the eye when you tell them what they don’t want to hear. Why? It’s because you’re afraid of their face. You don’t want to see the anger, disgust, disagreement, etc… in their facial expressions. God knew that Jeremiah was going to have to say some things that would make a lot of people extremely angry and even want to harm him. His response to Jeremiah is, Don’t be afraid of their faces, I am with you and I’ll keep you safe.

He did it for Jeremiah and He’ll do it for you. Don’t fear their faces. Do what is right despite how others may react. Thankfully, I’m not nearly as bothered by those things as I once was. I’m also grateful that I’ve gotten ‘better’ at ministering in public and though I don’t like them I’ve gotten much better at having difficult conversations (there is something very wrong if you do like them). Once you realize God is with you and will keep you and protect you, even if you do flub your words or say something the wrong way, there is nothing to fear. Like Jeremiah, God’s called you to great things. Pursue them with boldness and don’t be afraid of the faces people will make; God is with you and He’ll keep you safe.

237. God Didn’t Send Your Problem

Isaiah 54:13-15 MSG All your children will have GOD for their teacher– what a mentor for your children! (14) You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble–nothing to fear! far from terror–it won’t even come close! (15) If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, And if any should attack, nothing will come of it.

Some people erroneously believe that God is their problem. If God is your problem, you should quake with fear and dread. Thankfully, He’s not. God is not your problem.

In our last post, (236. God Is Your Teacher) we talked about how God, the Spirit teaches and mentors us in the glorious realities of who we now are in Christ. As we are built on Truth of God’s Word and grow in understanding of our righteous nature and all that means, we grow into our fearless and bold nature in Him learning that there is nothing to fear.

Now let’s look at verse 15. Just in case you might start to think that maybe the symptom or trial trying to bind you up in fear is from God, The Lord flat out tells us that it isn’t. He says, “If anyone (anything) attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them (it).” That’s some good news. Unfortunately there are some wonderful Christians that get bound up in fear because they believe that God might have brought the sickness, disease, or circumstance that they are terrified of in their life. He didn’t!

Furthermore the Lord who says that not only has He not sent nor will send any attacks against us, but should any attacks come, we don’t need to worry or become afraid because NOTHING will come of it. GLORY! Our teacher and mentor the Holy Spirit will train us up in God’s Word and the understanding of our righteous nature, coaching us into a place where we walk in our fearless nature. AND should any attacks come our way, He’ll be right there with us to teach us how to walk in the VICTORY and NOTHING will come of the attack. We simply just can’t lose.

236. God is Your Teacher

Isaiah 54:13-14 MSG All your children will have GOD for their teacher– what a mentor for your children! (14) You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble–nothing to fear! Far from terror–it won’t even come close!

The prophet Isaiah prophesied that God was going to be a teacher and a mentor directly to His people instead of using the law and the prophets. He tells them that if they allow God to instruct them the result will be that they are solid, grounded in righteousness and FAR from any trouble with NOTHING TO FEAR. Back in verse 10 it tells us that God would be instructing them in His Covenant of Peace.

Praise God that day came some 800+ years later. In John 14 Jesus promised that after He completed His earthly mission and redeemed mankind that He would send the Holy Spirit to us as God the teacher. At the new birth, God the Spirit comes and takes up residence in every Believer. He immediately begins teaching and revealing His everlasting Covenant of Peace with His Children (John 14:27) and the Truths of their identity in Him, establishing them in Truth, grounding them in their righteous nature. Through Christ by the Spirit of God, you have been removed from all trouble and there is nothing to fear.

He is our teacher. Listen to His instruction and follow His Word. The Spirit of God longs to establish you in the Truth of His Covenant, ground you in His righteousness, and empower you to walk in His peace. It is God, Himself, the Holy Spirit that teaches us to walk FEARLESS through life because of the realities of the new life we have in Christ.

You are FEARLESS. You might just not realize it yet. God wants to teach you and reveal to you the truth of your fearless nature in Christ. Spend time daily with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to continually teach you the fullness of the extent of His Covenant of Peace with you. With the Spirit of God as your mentor, terror won’t even come close! FEAR NOT.