Nothing To Fear! – August 31st, 2018

Nothing to Fear!

Fear is a sin! Did you realize that? We tend to think of it as a natural response to danger or the unknown, but fear in our lives means a lot more.

We really have nothing at all to fear. Let’s look at why that is!

Note from Kip…

I write these devotional pieces daily and almost never do I have a topic in mind at the time. I trust God to speak through His Word and divulge the topics. At times, I do have an idea left over from the days before and will use them on occasion, but today is one of the unique times when I had made up my mind that I was going to talk about one thing in particular, then God changed my way of thinking through His Word.

Thinking back, I believe I have at some point talked about fear. When the Lord placed this topic on my heart, I at first thought that perhaps there was a reader or two that needed encouragement and this was the reason God was prompting me to write about fear. But as I found verse after verse related to it, I came to understand while there may be others dealing with fear, primarily this was reinforcement to me, to not allow fear to creep into my life.

So please, tag along!

Who is Our God?

Allowing fear to dominate us really stems from not having a firm grasp on ‘who’ God is.  Before we go very far, I want to preface this position with admitting that while I have a concept of who God is based on His Word, there isn’t a person walking the earth that knows all there is to know about God. His complexity and wonder is beyond our mind’s ability to comprehend. The cognitive depth required to fully understand God and who He is, was not engineered into our structure by Him.

Some may have a better handle on who He is due to emersion in His Word and the conveyance of understanding through His Holy Spirit, but just as with our sinful nature we fall far short of the Glory of God, because of our fleshly minds our comprehension is woefully short of what is necessary to fully  know all there is about God.

One day we will know God as He knows us, but for now, we view Him through a darken glass.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (CSB)

Despite this truth, there is enough in His Word to provide ample fortification to dispel fear from our existence here, now, today. By the end of this article I pray you’ll be able to write off the fears of this world and fear only God Himself, but not in the way the world would have you fear.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to the whole earth, and their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming from his home; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat.

The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up.

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. 

Psalms 19:1-9 (CSB) 

There are a myriad of other passages that speak to the power and glory of God.  It was Him in the persona of Jesus the Son who created everything we see, smell, touch and hear. The entire universe was created by his very words being spoken.

The heavens were made by the word of the Lord, and all the stars, by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 33:6 (CSB)

If you are not aware that it was Jesus Christ Himself that was the ‘Creator’ in the book of Genesis, He is, in fact ‘The Creator’. Look in the first chapter of the Gospel of John and you’ll see this clearly by the 14th verse. If you make the connection that ‘The Word’ is a reference to Jesus, then you’re done in the first three.

Throughout the Bible there are numerous references made to God  that are pointing to ‘God the Son’, Jesus.

Understanding the power of God is the first and most critical thing to know in order for us to defeat fear, and keep it out of our lives. But when you consider that Jesus literally breathed the stars and planets into existence, and the unmitigated power that might be required to do that, when we consider our problems and fears, there isn’t anything that He isn’t capable of resolving for us.

Jesus Christ’s Power in Our Lives

Now that we have a sufficient handle on who God is, and the power he possesses, we need to come to an understanding of how His power is manifested in our lives for our benefit and His Glory.

I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13 (CSB)

Let’s grasp first the fact that Jesus is actively and pervasively distributing His power to His Disciples.  Paul here was speaking about himself, but the very same is true for you and I.

We can subsist on very little, or we can thrive in abundance, it really makes no difference if we have little or mass amounts of resources. The power of God in our lives is not limited by our circumstances. Nor, is it inhibited by our condition. Remember, this is the God that breathed the universe into existence.

Scientific theory has it wrong folks, it wasn’t the Big Bang and out of chaos these complex plants, animals, and us were formed.  It wasn’t by chance, it was the intent of the architect of the universe to make me who I am and you who you are, with precision! It wasn’t the Big Bang it was the Blessed Breath of God!

So if just the smallest portion of this power is funneled through you, through me, there really isn’t anything that isn’t within our ‘God fortified abilities’.

Why Would God Impart His Power Through Me?

So, lets cover where we have come so far. We see the power of God and His limitless capability to cause things to conform to His will. Then we have seen how it is possible that He channel His power through us.

Now the question is, why would God impart His power through me?

It’s something we must tap into, let’s see!

I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.

John 15:5 (CSB)

The entire verse is wonderful but I really want us to focus in on the very last phrase here because it is telling to our topic for today.

‘Because you can do nothing without me’.  There is where the power comes from. It is from being attached to the True Vine.  When we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us, we have tapped into to an unlimited resource and He nourishes us with His power, grace, understanding, and love.

Of course Jesus is talking about the fruit that this will produce through us, but He is focused on us having His power and we simply can not have that power if we are not connected to Him. If we don’t grab hold of that vine with all our might, we can be separated from that power and find ourselves floundering.

And in the case of the topic for today, floundering in fear.

Because if we are not in the vine, we don’t have the power and we do not have confidence that He is in control, and shares His power with us, through Him.

He wants to have goodness flow into and through our lives. Harken back to creation, and you quickly realize that if He wishes it to be, it is so. With a breath, done! Just as with a breath, He put life in our bodies made up dust. Just His breath!

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

Matthew 7:11 (CSB)

We are His Children. He wants to give good things to us and He will ultimately see that everything, even the less pleasant things, will be used to our benefit and His Glory.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 (CSB)

All things. Not just a few. Not just some or most. All Things He works together for our good. Because we love Him, and He called us in accordance with His purpose.

I won’t go into it but you know if you’ve been reading these devotionals, that it is clear, that the purpose He calls us two is to be His Disciples. And being His Disciple means we obey Him, because we love Him. We share Him with others and make others His Disciples. We propagate His Good News to any and all that will listen and His love a grace to all without reservation.

There are passages after passages in the scripture that command us not to live in fear. We haven’t even bothered to quote any here because it just isn’t needed.

He has the power. That power He shares with us. He shares His power because He loves us and we love Him. There is nothing we need for our sustenance, He isn’t capable of providing. So long as we remain in Him, that power is manifested though us, and makes even the worse of circumstances work for our good.

How can we have ‘Nothing to Fear’? When we come to understand and grasp hold of His perfect love for us!

There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment.

So the one who fears is not complete in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar.

For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.

1 John 4:18-21 (CSB)

Allowing fear to control us denies the power and providence of God in our lives. That’s why it is sin for us to harbor fear in our hearts. There is no reason to, as we abide in Him, and He in us.

Perfect Love. Nothing to Fear!

Blessings,
kip…


 

 

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