Live Fearless

hands-1926414_1280I no longer live in fear of my sins and mistakes! God says, “I will forgive their iniquity and their sins I will remember no more.” Jer 31:34

I’m no longer haunted by my past, my pain and addictions! “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2CO 5:17

I don’t live in fear of death because of Jesus Christ who overcame death!  “O death where is your sting?” 1CO 15:55

I’m not afraid of the dark anymore. I am a child of light and Jesus Christ is that Light. A Light the darkness can’t comprehend. He is the Light of the world!

I can live this life fearless ! Forgetting what is behind me and strain toward what is ahead of me. I can press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Phil 3:13-14

God’s beloved, we can live this life without fear because perfect Love drives out fear. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Lord and Savior, and Lover of your soul…He Loved You Perfectly! 1John 4:18


As we like to say in our house, Happy Hallelujah-ween!!! 🙂

Happy Hallelujah-Ween!

octoberHalloween is drawing near. Soon our streets will be filled with costumed ghosts, goblins, and mini monsters. Our malls and stores will play host to superheroes and villains, angels and devils. It will be quite the movie night with tales of horror, heroes of good triumphing over masterminds of evil. It will be a night where  fear will dwell in the atmosphere. While the world celebrates the dark, I would like to take a moment to celebrate the Light and Jesus’ take on fear.

Jesus Defines Fear

In the Matthew 4, Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. During their exchange, Satan shows Jesus the nations of the world and all of its glory. He tells Jesus that he would give it all to Him if He would bow down and worship him. Pay attention to what Jesus says:

“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him.

“For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God; serve only him.’”

 Throughout their entire exchange Jesus responded to the Devil with scriptures, the scripture He quoted above was Deuteronomy 6:13 which reads, “You must fear the LORD your God and serve him.”

Jesus replaced the word fear with worship. While studying the Hebrew and Greek interpretations of the words “fear and worship” , another link between the two words  was revealed to me. The Hebrew meaning of the word, Fear: Is to stand in awe. To reverence. In the Greek, Worship: means a feeling of awe; to reverence.

There’s a great note about worship in the Vines Hebrew/Greek dictionary that says, “the translations of the word Worship shows that it is not confined to praise; broadly it may be regarded as the direct acknowledgment of God, of His nature, attributes, ways and claims, whether by the outgoing of the heart in praise and thanksgiving or by deed done in such acknowledgement.”

Remember Jesus defined the believer’s fear of the LORD as worship with that in mind I’d like to share this scripture with you.

“Happy are those who fear the LORD.

Yes, happy are those who delight in doing what He commands.”

“They do not fear bad news, they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.

They give generously to those in need.

Their good deeds will never be forgotten.

They will have influence and honor.”

Psalm 112:1, 7-9

 The psalm goes on to speak about a people who are successful, blessed, generous and compassionate. A people who are confident in the Lord and in life. This is a picture of a person who fears the Lord and to me it sounds like a person who’s life is a celebration of Him.

Those who have embraced the Grace and Truth of God do not cower in fear of God they are amazed by God.  His nature, attributes and claims toward them. Claims like, “I will never leave you or forsake.” “You are a child of God” “I will do abundantly above all you ask and think.” “You are saved, forgiven, the righteousness of God in Christ.” “You are loved. God so loved you, He gave His Beloved Son so that you may have eternal life with Him.”

Celebrate Your Fear

While you are lighting your jack o lanterns take a moment to celebrate the true light of the world. Celebrate being a son and daughter of the Most High. Celebrate that God calls you His friend. Celebrate your fear, your worship and joy in the Lord. Happy Hallelujah-ween!

holiday candle

 

A Prescription for Anxiety

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I think at some point in our lives we’ve all faced anxiety. Whether you’re a parent, a business exec, pastor, politician or student you’re bound to get to a point where life and its tasks become increasingly overwhelming and when it hits you it’s like a vicious wave slamming into you from every side. So today when I felt the waves of anxiety crashing up against me I found myself saying, “Father help me, surely you have an answer… a prescription for this. Then I saw the words “Be anxious for nothing.” It just flashed into my mind so I picked up my bible and read God’s prescription for Anxiety.

Problem: Anxiety 

Symptoms: (according to WebMd) : Feeling overwhelmed/feelings of fear, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, a feeling of being detached from the world, feeling unable to control the simple things.

God’s Prescription: Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything.

FAQ: How do I stop being anxious? Please see directions for use.

Directions: In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Please note: this prescription can be used not just in some but in every situation. You can present ANY and ALL situations to God: the good, the bad and the ugly stuff. 

Side Effects: The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Before He was arrested, Jesus prayed for this cup to pass from Him but not His will but God’s will be done and in the midst of Christ’s struggle, scripture says, Luke 22:44 New Living Translation (NLT) He prayed more fervently, and He was in such agony of spirit that His sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”

God sent an angel of the Lord to strengthen Jesus in His time of need. Now if God can send help to His Beloved Son whom He willingly gave up for the sole purpose of reconciling us back to Him, to make us His Sons and Daughters then surely God can strengthen us and help us in our time of need.

When you study the roles of a good father and a good king you find something unique that they have in common, their top priority is your welfare and whole-being. God gave up His Son, not so you can remain broken from anxiety, loss and fear, Jesus laid down His life for you so that you could be made whole, in every area of your life. You can enjoy the benefits, the gifts of having Heaven’s best, because that’s what you got when He gave you Christ, you can have it with a simple thing called prayer.

Now prayer is not a formal thing, it’s not a loud and lofty act, its intimate. It’s you and God having a heart to heart conversation, not telling Him what you think He wants to hear but what is truly on your heart, the good… the bad… and the ugly. The word says we have not because we ask not. Got issues, then ask the Great I Am, Your Father to move mighty in that area of your life.  If nothing on Heaven or Earth can separate you from His Love then there’s no situation in Heaven or Earth that you can’t bring to God.  Your loss, your heartbreak even in this He can give you comfort and understanding. Your worries, your struggles, your dreams, He can see you through it, He can show you the way.

Christ came so you can have an abundant life not a defeated one and prayer is you grabbing a hold of it. Question… have you taken your prescription today?