Where Fear Has Its Place


Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

  1. Definition: Fear – a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, , whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. reverential awe, especially toward God: the fear of God.

When I was a child, I had formed a healthy respect and fear of my parent’s discipline. Their discipline was so consistent, I knew not to cross their line. They had ultimate control of my life, and although I knew they loved me, it was because of their love they would teach me to avoid certain dangers. Specifically, I remember when I was around ten years old, I was told to always be home by dark. We were privilege to have a large neighborhood with restaurants and stores within walking distance. Once, when a friend and I were collecting newspapers to turn in for profit, I was egged on to continue our quest to places in our town where they would  relinquish their old papers. It was well after dark.and I knew I was going to be in trouble because my mother let it be known in previous times there would be no room for excuse. So as we bicycled up to my driveway, sure enough, my mom was standing there with flyswatter in hand, ready to enforce the rule. She seemed angry, but it was more the emotion of fear she was demonstrating, fearing the worst could have happened to me.  (Proverbs 23:13-14).

We are  always under someone’s authority whether we are aware of it or not. The government is given the authority to enact justice whenever it’s citizens break a law. When it comes to criminal justice the objective is to establish laws and consequences to protect innocent people from criminal activity.
Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founding  fathers made the statement that a democracy where freedom to live peacefully is maintained  is only made possible where a moral populace exists.

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Benjamin Franklin

The freedom to do whatever you want, serves only those who desire to please themselves. This goes along with the philosophy “the end justifies the means ” and the indoctrination of self-will/values clarification – where each individual determines whether something is right or wrong depending on the desired outcome.

What’s scary, is when in view of possible consequences some will throw caution to the wind and take unnecessary risks, while others will avoid any type of risk for self-preservation.

Wisdom which leads to the best outcome for everyone is  defined as easy to understand, peaceable and leads to the best results. This is the Wisdom which comes from above and the fear of God is the beginning of that Knowledge.
(Proverbs 9:10, James 3:17)

Whether we disagree or dislike the fact; God is Holy, Good and Just. He is so good, He sent His Son to die for all sinners and take the place of our punishment for all sin. This has satisfied the Justice of a Good and Holy God.

But the Kingdom of God is not a place for the unrighteous but for those who have accepted God’s great salvation and repented. The Kingdom of God is a place where the born again believer in Christ is under the authority of God’s Holy Spirit. Outside God’s eternal Kingdom are those who choose to continue to sin and remain in darkness.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Psalm 103:19, John 3 )

The fear of God to the one who has repented and accepted Jesus Christ is one of awe, and reverence, receiving the continued discipline He gives to whom He loves and calls Sons (Hebrews 12:5-6).

So the question is whom do you fear and why? The person who is fearless with disregard of an awesome, powerful God, is foolish in his assumption because while it’s possible to escape accountability in this world, it is impossible when we stand before the judgment seat of God. (2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:7-12).

Christ stands as eternal advocate to the one who repents and believes, but who is there to plead the case of one who rejects such a wondrous, powerful salvation, so simple a child understands. (1 John 2:1-2, 1 John 1:9, Matthew 19:14, Mark 16:19)
A Child’s Faith

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

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The Fear of God

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When God Speaks


“And he said, ‘Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and then a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”   1 Kings 19: 11-13

I just recently saw a group of women shouting over one another, speaking harshly and loudly, with all attempts to drown out all opposing opinions. And I thought, when you really have something important to say, it’s never necessary to scream to be heard, for the Truth needs no trumpet, it’s always loud and clear.

I also find it amusing, whenever my friend and I meet to discuss scripture and how the Lord is working in our lives, something loud and noisy, rude and demanding, usually comes right beside us to prevent us from hearing God’s Word. We laugh about it now, and have learned to ignore it, continuing our conversation, turning deaf ears to the intrusion.

When God Joins Our Conversation

Satan is the accuser of God and all who have come to faith in His awesome salvation. The best way to defeat his antics is to ignore his outbursts, accusations and walk away. Since there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, he looks for ways to pull the rug from under anyone whose confidence is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

“Those who have no leg to stand on will look for ways to pull the rug from under those who do.” DF

Years ago, when my faith was shaky, I began listening to the accuser’s voice, until I was convinced I’d lost my salvation. Then, as I quoted God’s Word in Isaiah 40:30-31 about “waiting” on what God had to say, I heard a small still voice, say, “Don’t give it the time of day, just walk away.” As soon as I started ignoring the verbal assaults, I felt God’s awesome peace, while soaring high with the power of His unconditional love.

I love how God asked, Elijah, what he was doing there. Actually, it was a question concerning his faith. Was he standing in faith, or was he listening to the voice of doubt and fear. I also love the way the Lord just told him the next thing to do while assuring him, he was in no way the only one who was trusting in Him. Elijah had just experienced an amazing victory and was simply worn out emotionally and physically from the ordeal.

The lord did the practical thing by allowing Elijah to rest and be nourished before speaking. But He is always ready to speak in our worse circumstances, the question is, are we waiting in expectation to hear What He has to say.

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What is Your Final Destination?


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“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
John 14:1-3

Recently, my daughter made reservations at a hotel across from the hospital where her husband was to receive open-heart surgery. This reservation was an important one because she would need to stay there during the time of his hospitalization. Since, his parents would be joining her, she had reserved a kitchen suite through an online travel agency, where she was somehow rerouted , in her online search. When she arrived at the hotel, they had no record of her upgraded online reservation and the only room available was less than adequate. Therefore, she requested a refund. Their reply was they could not be responsible for any third party reservations; therefore she received no compensation.

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In contrast, I have a friend who is meticulous, looking into every detail concerning each trip he makes. He is one step ahead in contacting the hotel directly, knowing the location, the accommodations and the best way to travel to and fro while navigating his way around.
He leaves nothing to chance nor would allow anyone to make his travel arrangements without thoroughly looking into it himself.

Of course, it is always possible to get hotel and travel accommodations without any preparation or plans. Some, have boasted of the impromptu desire to travel and just hit the road, with everything going their way. But, if you were to travel abroad, thousands of miles from home, “Would you seriously want to risk it?”

 

On my recent trip to Boston, I was looking forward to touring the city while my husband attended his scheduled conference. I had done this with a lot of success while accompanying him on his previous conference trips in popular big cities such as Seattle and San Francisco.

I am not gifted with a wonderful sense of direction, and rely heavily on getting directions from either my IPhone, a google map or the hotel’s concierge. Usually all of the above. On this particular trip, I was especially looking forward to visiting the historical areas in South Boston.

After talking with the concierge and purchasing a hop on and off “Trolley” ticket, I thought to ask, “where exactly do I go to get on this tour”?
The concierge, pointed in an unspecified direction, saying,” just go out the front of the hotel and turn left, its at the Westin hotel, just five minutes away”. She made it sound so simple, I didn’t dare ask for further guidance. Piece a cake. Right? Not!

hotelThe arrow on my electronic map was spending like a top as I attempted to follow along the highlighted path. Finally, I asked a gentleman nearby how to get to the hotel. He was pointing to a pedestrian walk over which appeared to me in the opposite direction. So, I ignored his advice and headed to what appeared to be the more direct route. I soon realized why he suggested the walk-over as each crossing became more hazardous than the last… Finally, I crossed the street just in time to see the Trolley whizzing away. Still, not sure, I was at the right location, I asked the Valet parking attendant if the Trolley picked up there. He assured me it did and so I proceeded to wait another 30 minutes before the next one arrived. When I got on, the driver said he didn’t need to see my ticket, mentioning, he would only be with us for a short while, at which caused further anxiety as I wondered why. Then, as he approached the first stop, he announced he was following the “Seaport” route. According to my map, this was the optional route with only four stops. He said he wasn’t stopping at the next historical site on our map, and if any of us wanted to go there, we could get off now and walk the short distance. So, not quite knowing what to do, I made a quick decision, hopped off, figuring, I could find my way..

On my map the historical sites in the area boasted free entrance to a new wax museum, so I began walking, having no idea how I would find it. After a few failed attempts, I finally decided to ask some hurried tourists. They said, they really didn’t know, so I approached two tour booths for directions, while pointing to some obscure location, they said, “ it’s just behind the buildings over there”. I was unable to find the museum “jus behind the buildings over there, and then started to think, “how was I going to get back to my hotel?” I certainly didn’t want to return to the Westin again.

In a recent blog I mentioned how Jesus promised to be with us wherever we would go. I thought to myself, why have I not thought of asking for His help? I inquired of the Lord and thanked Him for His promise to be with me and knew He was. Suddenly, I remembered on the “Seaport Route”, there was a stop closer to my hotel. So I asked a woman behind one of the ticket booths where I could catch the trolley that followed the Seaport route. I was told where to go and decided I had experienced enough misadventure, and since I couldn’t locate the wax museum, I would just return to my hotel and call it a day.
(Matthew 28:20, John 14:14)

When I got on the Trolley, I met with the same driver who was disgruntled over other passengers thinking his bus would take them on the complete historic tour. One man and his wife complained how they had been waiting for an hour and a half at his stop, only to discover his bus was the wrong one to take. Boy, could I relate. But I decided, I was going to be pleasant, and just be grateful the Lord was getting me back.

As we traveled, I told the driver I was looking for the stop closest to my hotel. He said one of the stops would be near, and when he stopped at the intersection in front of my hotel, he said, “Oh! You can get off here if you want.”I said, “Thank you very much”and put in a generous tip as I rushed off.

So much for relying on a concierge, a tour bus, tourists, and my own sense of direction. I’d be sure to pre-map everything with plan A-Z on my next tour.

I couldn’t help but think, with all the fuss in making plans, It’s interesting to note, how too many will meticulously research everything from investments, careers, travel, where to live and even when to retire while leaving to question without the slightest clue as to what will happen and where their destination will be when they depart this world. (Romans 6:23)
What Do You Imagine?

Before Jesus Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life; He told His disciples how He was going and where He would be. However, they lacked comprehension focusing only on this world and their present circumstance .
Jesus explained how He was going to prepare a place for them and assured them, where He was they would one day be, also.
(John 14:1-3)

When the thief on the cross confessed his sins and acknowledged Jesus as his Savior, Jesus told him where he would be and his destination, just as he told His disciples, “Today, you shall be with me in paradise”.
(Luke 23:41-43)

In this world there are usually a number of ways to reach your destination. All you have to do is purchase your ticket for the method of travel and the kind of accommodations in which you will stay. Sometimes the methods prove reliable and at other times they don’t. There is simply no guarantee. But when it comes to your eternal destination there are only two choices-heaven or hell.
Scriptures on Heaven and Hell

ticket to heaven   The ticket to heaven is prepaid and purchased by Christ’s own blood through His righteousness. You can rely totally on His righteousness, but not your own. It’s not round trip, it’s only one way. The purchase to hell (eternal separation and punishment) is your fare, the requirement is believing and relying on your self-righteousness on which one sin will separate you from a Just and Holy God blocking your way to eternal life. (Romans 3:23-26)

Jesus is the cross-over bridge between those who are lost and where God dwells. There are no other routes except through Him. He’s our bridge of reconciliation, leading us all the way. The path is guaranteed, we just need to Trust in His great salvation and follow.
(2 Corinthians 5: 18-19, Romans 3: 23-25, Ephesians 1:13-14, Matthew 16:24-26)

God has provided a precise method and roadmap; an exact path to His door. He has rolled out the red carpet through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. You simply won’t get there any other way. He has made it so simple, even a child understands. It’s no secret because He has made it plain with the things He has made.
He has provided an inner compass directing your course with His Word and Holy Spirit – Who answers every question you may ask.
(John 14:6, Romans 1:20, John 14:15-1.
God’s Inner Compass

Jesus said, “ I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“There is a way that seems right to man, and the ways thereof end in death.” Proverbs 14:12

The ways of the world are all dead-ended but the way of Christ is peace, love and joy and abundant life..

If you haven’t inquired into your final destination, why not do it today, don’t delay. He has your ticket, He’s just waiting, for you to pray. He has your reservation, it’s all paid. Your name will be written in the Lamb’s book of life, which no one can erase.
What is the Prayer of Salvation?

Let there be no hesitation concerning this Truth, for when you accept Christ’s “forgiveness ” you’ll also have proof.

(2 Corinthians 6:2, Romans 10:13, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, Revelation 21:27, Ephesians 1: 13-14)

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