Jesus' Favorite Saying... Fear Not
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Fear does not come from God. He has given us the spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control (II Timothy 1:7 Amp). Fear is the number one tool used by Satan to rob our peace. It keeps us from being in God’s will, torments, makes us sick, undermines our faith, prevents progress and enjoyment in life.
Fear is one of the most powerful emotions we may experience throughout life; it is real and it can be very strong. The longer we permit feelings of fear to rule, the stronger they become. Confrontation is necessary to be free from fear. We can feel afraid, yet we can make the choice to walk boldly. When we boldly confront fear, it will go away, either gradually or swiftly but it will go away. No matter what the fear is, God’s Word says we are not to let our hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid for He is always with us (Johns 14:27, Isaiah 41:10).
Tribulation works to oppress and afflict; it is a time of suffering, a surprise delay, grief, or sorrow; it appears to mock our faith. We can pray, believe, speak words of faith, regroup and encourage our hope; it goes away for awhile and there it is again. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t have something that sticks around to torment. Any particular area of torment is a training ground to choose life or death (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Tribulation is life. There is always something that comes up to challenge our attitude. Everyone is one phone call away from something that unexpectedly changes our plans, and that’s alright. In power-lifting… it’s heavy and it’s alright. If I miss a lift, it’s alright because there is another day.
“Who comforteth us in all tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” II Corinthians 1:4. Comfort means strengthen. We are meant to be conquerors in all things through Christ (Romans 8:37). God strengthens me in all of my life that I may show strength in all things for others to see. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.
God cares for us affectionately and He doesn’t want us to be fearful. He does not ask us to do something we cannot do. God wouldn’t tell us not to be fearful if it were not possible to be fear free. I Peter 5:7 tell us to cast our cares upon Him (Jesus). It is difficult to get prayers answered when we hold on to our cares and fears. But, if we turn our cares over to the Lord, He will work on our behalf.
Our Potential Described in Psalm 112
1. “…Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.” (vs.1)
2. “His seed shall be mighty upon the earth…” (vs.2)
3. “Wealth and riches shall be in his house…” (vs. 3)
4. “Upon the upright (in every situation) there ariseth light…” (vs.4)
5. “A good man shows favor, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.” (vs.5)
6. “Surely he shall not be moved forever…” (vs.6)
7. “He shall not be afraid of evil things: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” (vs.7)
1. Everything that attempts to rob, kill or destroy has already been defeated by Jesus Christ (John 16:33).
2. The ability to live in victory which is peace, power, plenty and purpose is already in us by the Holy Spirit (John 14:16).
3. The blessing of Abraham is the Holy Spirit who is our access to power and authority (Galatians 3:14). Learn to release the Holy Spirit rather than continue to try hard. Holy Spirit, I see You as a fact in me, not a feeling. I release You to be in me what I cannot be and to do in me what I cannot do. Thank you. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
4. Let the Holy Spirit be our peace and joy every day. We have confidence because we know He is with us in everything. Today is my adventure to live, move and breathe in great expectation.
5. Circumstances dare not intimidate me because the Holy Spirit is in me. I am strengthened in all challenges. I depend on the Holy Spirit to be my helper; He works according to what I believe!
6. Do not allow the illegal voice to tame you by whispering guilt for a blessing or behavior. Humanism is about earning and deserving. The Lord is about believing and receiving. Your behavior doesn’t move the Holy Spirit, He moves your behavior. Your career is to believe what the Holy Spirit says so He can raise you to the level of your beliefs.
Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for the revelation that I am a container for You and an expresser of Your unconditional love to myself and to others. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.