Fear

Fighting Fear with the Fear of the Lord {Matthew 10:27-31}

12:22 PM



Once again, there' are many lessons in each of the chapters.

But today I want to focus on the fear of the Lord and what Jesus taught about it.

Earlier this week we were talking about worry and anxiety, here again we see how to fight them.

27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[a] 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[b]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Matthew 10:27-31


Yesterday as my family and I were driving to our mid-week service at church, we were listening to one of Joseph Prince's teachings on God's love and the “Fear of the Lord.”

He mentioned one day a minister came up to him and asked him, “What about the fear of the Lord?”

Pastor Prince said, “What about it?”

The minister said, “Well the Bible says we should fear the Lord.”

Perhaps you’ve heard people explaining what the fear of the Lord is, but do you know where this idea comes from? It comes from Jesus. Remember how he quoted scripture to silence the devil in the wilderness in Matthew 4, ? Well let’s compare what Jesus said with the actual scripture he quoted. See if you can spot the difference:

What Jesus said: “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” (Mat 4:10)
The original text: “Fear the Lord your God and serve him only.” (Deu 6:13)

Did you spot the difference? Moses said, “Fear God,” which Jesus interpreted as, “Worship him.” Whenever you read an exhortation to “fear the Lord” in the Bible, you can rightly interpret it as “worship the Lord.” Jesus gives you permission.

 So Jesus changed out the word, “Fear” with, “Worship.” It must be that these two words are synonymous in the mind of Christ, and who else to interpret the fear of the Lord than Jesus himself! So, when we worship the Lord we are really, “Fearing the Lord.”

Jesus is the Writer of the Scriptures! The Writer must define what the words mean.

Contrary to what we usually hear, the fear that He talks about comes from love not from being afraid...Joseph Prince then mentioned something really true... people tend to hate what they fear. For sure this is not something God has in mind.

Romans 8:15 - Fear is just one step away from hate. Children will always hate the people that they fear.
Children will follow true authority. Having a slavish fear is not the right way to fear the Lord. 

Only those who are secure in the everlasting love of the Lord know what it is to truly fear the Lord.

It is to tremble in his presence knowing he is surely good, he is surely supreme, and he surely loves me.

Fear has no place in a healthy, loving relationship. It’s important that you get this. You can’t balance fear and love. They are like light and dark. You cannot have a part of your heart shouting, “I love you Lord” while another part whispers, “but I’m afraid of you.” Why not? Because you will never give yourself wholly to someone you’re afraid of.

It's like I was saying yesterday in my post about receiving/giving mercy. Only when we understand and accept how much God loves us is when we can fully enjoy the life that He has intended for us to live!

“The fear of God that the Self Righteous have is that God will judge them for not being righteous enough. The fear of God that the Christ-righteous have is that God has qualified them to share in the Kingdom and that He is on their side and they therefore cannot be shaken or moved and that this awesome God will judge their enemies with fire!”- Paul Ellis

Have a great day sisters, you're loved :-)

Gospels

Choose Mercy {Matthew 9:13}

3:48 PM


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 “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’- Matthew 9:13

This Bible verse just touched a very deep part of my heart...and couldn't come at a more timely moment.

God has been working with me in this particular are in my life. 

I've come to realise I have a problem with mercy.

Mercy is kindness and even though it's hard to recognise this, most of the time I'm not a merciful person. I'm not as merciful as I should and I would like to be. 

Perhaps because I was raised in an atmosphere in which I did not experience much mercy in my own life.

I can be very legalistic and rigid {Judgemental} . I want things to be done now, and I want them to be done my way. I refuse to give people any room for error.

I've come to a place in which I want to be merciful with all of my heart. I only realised of this truth and need because He's shown me so much mercy...and grace over the last 6 years. This mostly through my husband. A quiet, gentle, kind spirit. A man who always thinks the best of people and situations... I believe my husband is the best expression of God's love and mercy over my life.

Through him, God has taught me there are two sides to mercy. We have to learn how to receive God's mercy before we can give it.

I've come to understand that I had a hard time being merciful, kind because I would not learn to receive it. I was legalistic and rigid even with myself, therefore with everyone else.

I've learnt there's a powerful principle in the golden rule "Love your neighbour as you love yourself"...the key? loving yourself first. We cannot give something we don't have. Nothing can come out of an empty cup.

If I don't learn how to receive God's love, and how to love myself in a balanced way...how can I love others? If I don't receive His mercy when I make mistakes, how can show mercy to others?

To be a merciful person I must enjoy and be thankful for His mercy every day in my own life.

I believe we must learn from our mistakes. When we sin, we're sorry for our mistakes, confess and move one...I cannot live under condemnation.

Mercy is for people who don't deserve it...I must remember this for myself and for others!

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” 
― Abraham Lincoln

“Mercy is the stuff you give to people that don't deserve it.” 
― Joyce Meyer


Anxiety

The Two Days of the Week You should not Worry

2:28 PM

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(Author Unknown)
There are two days in every week that we should not worry about, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One is yesterday with its mistakes and cares. Its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said. Yesterday is gone.

The other day we shouldn’t worry about is tomorrow. Tomorrow is beyond our control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor, or behind a mask of clouds but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day. Today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people mad, it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.


Here’s what God says about yesterday:


“…forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” (Phil.3:13)

“Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)

Here’s what God says about tomorrow:


“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt.6:34)

“Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Prov.27:1)

Here’s what God says about today:


“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)