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Faith or Fear?

Faith or Fear?

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We can accept Jesus Christ and walk in liberty; or be subject to the weak and beggerly elements and Satan. It is all a matter of decision.
We can accept Jesus Christ and walk in liberty; or be subject to the weak and beggerly elements and Satan. It is all a matter of decision.

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Jesus mentions fear many times in the New Testament. Fear is defined as this: tofear, revere, be afraid. We are told many times throughout the word of God to fearnot. All are told to not fear what can destroy the body, but fear only that whichcan destroy both body and soul in hell. When we receive Jesus Christ as ourSaviour by our faith, and in baptism through his name; fear will leave us and hispeace will settle into our hearts. One time while Jesus was in a boat with hisdisciples, a storm arose suddenly. They who had God enfleshed there with them,became afraid. Mark 4:35-41: And the same day, when the even was come, he saithunto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away themultitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with himother little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat intothe ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship,asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou notthat we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace,be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them,Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they fearedexceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even thewind and the sea obey him? Why where these men who witnessed Jesus casting outdemons, healing all manner of sickness, and performing all types of miracles,afraid? The answer is in Matthew 14:22-33. And straightway Jesus constrained hisdisciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while hesent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went upinto a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind wascontrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking onthe sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled,saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spakeunto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answeredhim and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And hesaid, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water,to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginningto sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forthhis hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, whereforedidst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Thenthey that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou artthe Son of God. Peter took his eyes off Jesus and then began to sink. He look atthe waters or problems, situations in life, instead of Jesus. His focus needed tobe on Jesus Christ. James 4:8: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.God inhabits our praises of him. Psalm 22:3: But thou [art] holy, [O thou] thatinhabitest the praises of Israel. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Whenthe army of King Jehosaphat, who served God though he failed at times like most ofus, began to sing praises to God they became victorious in battle. His army wasvastly out numbered by his foes. Yet God promised him deliverance without havingto fight. As the battle was the Lord's, and not his. Just like today. We cannotgain victory over Satan by our means. From Job 38:1-12: Canst thou draw outleviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canstthou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? Will he makemany supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? Will he make acovenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? Wilt thou play withhim as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? Shall the companionsmake a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fillhis skin with barbed iron? or his head with fish spears? Lay thine hand upon him,remember the battle, do no more. Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not onebe cast down even at the sight of him? None is so fierce that dare stir him up:who then is able to stand before me? Who hath prevented me, that I should repayhim? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. I will not conceal his parts,nor his power, nor his comely proportion. Satan is seen as leviathan here also in
 
Isaiah 27:1 In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shallpunish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and heshall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea. Satan is as a roaring lion who seeksto devour whom he may, 1 Peter 5:8. We must put on the whole armor of God towithstand his attacks, Ephesians 6:11-18. Verse 16 states a important fact. Let'sread it. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able toquench all the fiery darts of the wicked. We must lift up the standard (JesusChrist) against the enemy who comes in like a flood says Isaiah 59:19-21. It isbecause we have already have a covenant with Jesus Christ by our obedience to thegospel truth. Romans 1:5-6: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, forobedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also thecalled Jesus Christ. After our baptism in Jesus name we can also cast out demonsin Jesus name.You can read the whole story of Jehosaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:6-29. James 1:5-7Tells us to ask God in faith and not doubting, and we shall receive an answer fromhim. But if we waver we become like the waters of the sea, driven and tossedabout. That person shall not receive anything from the Lord Jesus. A double mindedman [is] unstable in all his ways, James 1:8. Now faith comes by hearing the wordof God, says Romans 10:17. There are some who believe to a point. A good exampleof this is in Mark 9:17-22. A man son was afflicted by demons and he brought himto the disciples to cast them out. Yet they could not. These were the type thatcame out only by prayer and fasting. He then came to Jesus. Mark 23 through 27 ofthe same chapter. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things arepossible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out,and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw thatthe people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him,Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more intohim. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was asone dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, andlifted him up; and he arose.Yet he had a certain amount of faith. Peter simply looked at water (world)instead of Jesus here. There are times that spirit of fear will try to influenceus and try to abide in us. 1 John 5:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is inthe light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ hisSon cleanseth us from all sin. Jesus was tested and gained the victory over Satanby rightly dividing the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15) after his baptism. The storyis in Matthew 4:1-11. Fear can save us from pain and warn us of danger. The fearof God is commanded. Deuteronomy 6:8, Proverbs 8:13, and Proverbs 29:25 among manyothers. In fact we read in Psalms 34:7 that; The angel of the LORD encampeth roundabout them that fear him, and delivereth them. We are to fear no man yet often thehordes of the wicked surround us. 2 Kings 6:11-23 Tells a story of Elisha the manof God being compassed by the wicked on all sides. God sent his army of angels toprotect him and deliver him by blinding the enemy. Jesus Christ is the same alwaysin Hebrews 13:8. He can do all things for us that we could not do by our ownstrength. In these last days fear will affect many people. Luke 21:25-28: Andthere shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon theearth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men'shearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are comingon the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they seethe Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these thingsbegin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemptiondraweth nigh. Remember we are set free from bondage of sin and Satan by Christ.Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Liberty means freedom fromrestraint. A man enjoys liberty when no force binds or restrains his actions. Doesthat mean I can freely commit sin then with no consequences? Romans 6:1-16: Whatshall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that somany of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

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