“Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.” – Isaiah 8:13
In the midst of the dark days and challenging times in which we find ourselves, many saints are finding themselves battling a spirit of fear. Our national leadership is utterly corrupt, incompetent and out of touch with the people. The constant fear-peddling – perhaps some reasonable, but much imagined – has crippled the nation.
Vax mandates; vax passports; wide-open borders; inept military leadership; high fuel costs; hyperinflation; food shortages (among many other shortages); FEMA camps and a plethora of other issues have led many saints to a daily routine of stress and anxiety. “Will I get fired if I don’t get the clot shot? How will I feed my family? Pay my mortgage/rent? What about the “variants”? What if I get refused medical procedures? Are terrorists being let loose in my town? What will happen to my children? What if the grid goes down? What if I lose my savings overnight? How will I make it?”
These and many other thoughts are at least crossing the minds (if not consuming them altogether) of the saints. However, we ought not to fear. “Let God be your fear; let Him be your dread.”
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
The only thing – or rather, Person – we are to fear is Almighty God. Not man; not famine; not drought; not plagues; not poverty; not homelessness; not job loss – not even death. We are only to fear, honor, reverence and worship God. We are to fully trust and rely on Him in everything and for everything. This is not to say we don’t use wisdom and do what we know to do in the natural. We are to be responsible and not be fools. However, in all of this we rely on God and put faith in His provision, protection, guidance, etc.
Many things we worry about are completely out of our control. Why then worry? Rather, we pray (Philipians 4:6). The few things that are in our control, we act on. We can each do something in our little part of this world. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23
Don’t fear and don’t worry. This is the constant exhortation of Scripture. Yes, we’ll have tribulations – but be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). The fear of man brings a snare (Proverbs 29:25) and the fear of death brings us into bondage (Hebrews 2:15). When we stop fearing both – as we’re commanded to – we become free indeed. We must have this revelation in these times; but it will only come through prayer and meditation in God’s Word. So let us start praying and meditating.
In HIS Love,
Pastor J.D. Link
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Until next time…
Gene and LaVada