Tag Archive | faith or fear

Hebrews 11:5 ” By faith Enoch was taken from this life so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

It tells us in Genesis 5:22-24 that Enoch lived for 365 years…faithfully walking with God…and then he was no more, because God took him away.  The word used here is “translated”, or conveyed to heaven without tasting death.  The only other person to experience this was the Old Testament prophet Elijah.   But unlike Enoch,  Elijah’s departure was witnessed as he was carried off by a whirlwind. (II Kings 2:11)  What these two men did have in common though was their unshakable faith in desperate times, godliness in the face of persecution, and the boldness to speak the truth no matter what.

Ezra 3:3 ” Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices. “

The Jewish exiles were returning to their country from Babylon.  And even though they were fearful of the foreign people around them…they went about rebuilding and re-establishing the Temple in Jerusalem.  The biggest obstacle any Christian has to overcome in this world… is fear of the world.  We’re afraid of what others will think…we’re scared that we might offend someone…we’re fearful we’ll be taken the wrong way.  The exiles might have been afraid…but God had given them direction and His blessing, and so they started rebuilding.  So when the Lord calls us to do His work, we too need to move forward boldly, not allowing fear to hinder us.

John 11:26 ” Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’ “

The Lord is asking you this same question today…”Do you believe this?” Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved?  Do you believe that He died for your sins that you may have eternal life?    Maybe you’ve never been confronted to make a decision for Jesus…or maybe you’ve been resisting the wooing of the Holy Spirit.  Either way, believing is a commitment of mind, body and spirit.  It’s the start of an intimate spiritual journey of faith, trust, and obedience.  The Lord is asking you today, “Do you believe?”

Romans 12:3 ” For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

Our Heavenly Father is both benevolent and altruistic when it comes to blessing us.  But we usually take that graciousness and turn it into prideful thinking.  “Look what gifts the Lord has given me!”    I Peter 4: 10-11 reminds us that we are to use those gifts to serve others, not flaunt them in front of people as trophies.  The Apostle Paul warns us here that’s it’s all about our state of mind when regarding our giftings… it’s all about gratitude, not attitude and humility, not vanity.

Job 19:8 ” He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; He has shrouded my paths in darkness.”

It’s part of life here on earth…trials, illness, and loss are inevitable.  Jeremiah 8:15 sums it up very well how  we can feel at these times, ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”  In these fearful, confusing times we long for the light at the end of the tunnel…but all we see is darkness.  “He has blocked my way so I cannot pass…”  In this verse, the Hebrew word for blocked is gadar – which means to build or heap up stones to make a wall.  We sometimes do feel walled in or blocked off… but know God may be also protecting you from unseen evil you know nothing about.  In those dark times, we need to put all our trust in the Lord and wait for the storm to pass.

Matthew 10:28 ” 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. “

To paraphrase Isaiah 8:12-13, Do not follow the ways of the world…do not accept the world’s viewpoint…do not fear what they fear.  For their fear is based on the temporal…of secular and fleshly concerns only.  But as Believers, we have the blessed assurance of eternal life,  so there is no fear of death its self.  For it tells us in I Corinthians 15:42-44, ” So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.  The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”  The world may kill our physical body, but it can’t take our soul.  For only Satan has the power to devastate both body and soul in the place of the lost and condemned.

Isaiah 41:13 ” For I am the Lord, your God, Who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

Let’s say you land in a foreign country, having no knowledge of the city or its language.  But there waiting for you is the leading dignitary.  He welcomes you and then informs you that he personally will be escorting you around the city.  All the pent-up fear and anxiety within would melt away as he guided you to his official car…for you would feel safe and secure with this help.  The world is a scary place to live today, and we all feel like foreigners in a strange land.  But God is like that dignitary…offering His hand in support and encouragement. Calming and assuring us that He is there to help.  For anything can be faced with trust in the Lord…anything.