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The FEAR Factor

Many of us have seen the forwards called "In whose hands" which talks about things like a basketball being worth $10 in our hands but worth millions of dollars in the hands of Michael Jordan. It concludes that a couple of nails are worth a few pennies, but in the hands of Jesus Christ, they are priceless.

Well, once again, I am here thinking that our vision is very similar. In whose eyes? Some things that seem so impossible to us may be easy for someone else. I picked up a book and I found I could not read it. MY wife read it easily. Why? It was written in Spanish.

A few years ago, I was putting in a cement sidewalk. My grandson was at our house and he wanted to help me. I asked him if he could bring a bag of concrete over to me and he said he could. Now
remember, a bag of concrete weights about 90 pounds. My grandson was about 5. Needless to say, he did not even lift a corner of it off the ground. Yet he tried and tried and I saw the look of disappointment on his face as he looked toward me and then tried yet again. I then gently reminded him to use ALL of his resources (in terms he could understand.) After a few moments, he came over to me, took my by the hand and led me to the concrete and told me he would help me move it. Then with a little effort, that bag of concrete went to where it needed to be. Oh I knew he could not lift it but I wanted him to know he did have other resources to do the job.

The look of disappointment also reminds me of our disappointment when we fail at what God wants us to do or to be...when we fail because we too fail to use...ALL of our resources.

From whose eyes? From a five year olds eyes, that bag seemed immoveable. From the eyes of an adult, it was indeed moveable.

How about us? Have you ever felt that God wanted you to do something but you could not do it? Did you use ALL of your resources?

There are things that matter far more then a bag of concert. What about those "immoveable" enemies we face? The enemy of fear? What about those who are being falsely accused of things they did not do?
There are many other things we often face, things that seem impossible to deal with. One thing all of these things have in common, is they produce....FEAR. Fear or some form of it is mentioned over 500 times in the Word of God.


According to The American Heritage® Dictionary Fear means:

1a. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger. b. A state or condition marked by this feeling: living in fear. 2. A feeling of disquiet or apprehension: a fear of
looking foolish. 3. Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power. 4. A reason for dread or apprehension: Being alone is my greatest fear.


Broken relationships produce fear. When we feel rejected, what emotion is present? If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we have lied to those around us, often our spouse, our parents
or children because we fear that the truth will damage our relationship with them, thus causing them to reject us at least for the time being. Yet, what causes even more damage is for others to
find out we were not honest.

Do not think you are alone in this. Some great men in the Bible were less then honest…well, lets be honest..they LIED! Abraham did it at least twice when he said Sarah (his wife) was his sister. Read what Abimelech told Abraham in Genesis 20 with special attention to verse 9 Remember that it was fear caused Abraham to lie.

Fear will also cause us to fail to do what God has requested us to do. When we do not do what God wants us to do, in HIS way, we often have fear. Men are called to be the head of the home yet because of our feminist society, many men fail to assume that headship. Why? They fear broken relationships when their spouse will think they are being abused or will rebel against them. Men, remember, GOD has ordained how our homes are to be lead. If we use all of our resources in doing things HE has instructed us to do, why are we afraid? Remember also, we all tend to rebel a little to authority and women will do this also, but I do believe in reality, they are looking and longing for a man that will take charge, be strong, yet be gentle and tender in their strength. Jesus Christ was tender but He was also very strong. We can do it when we use all of our resources.

Our wives fear not being secure. They want the assurance of having their physical needs met. This is one reason many women do tend to have relationship problems with men when they do not think they are looking after these physical needs by not providing for their family. Yet our society has often thrown road blocks in this with downsizing, (laying off workers) affirmative action, industrialization by having machines do the heavy work thus making the physical strength of men not as essential and many other means that result in more men being jobless. Do you fear not having these needs met or not being able to met them for your family? If so, are you using all of your resources? Are you seeking God before these things? Matthew 6 tells us a lot about the cares of the world. It ends with

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof"


Illness produces fear when we feel we will not be able to care for
ourselves and will be a burden on others. Although many think that
Isaiah 53:5 indicates all our sickness can be cured when we are told "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." the content of this verse indicates we are healed from SIN. By being told we are healed from physical illness, this in turn cause even more fear in those that are not because then they also fear that they are not really Christians. After all, if they are not healed of these diseases, they must not belong to God. Folks do not buy into this lie from satan.

http://www.shatterdmen.com/Name%20It.htm

Other things produce fear. Personal responsibility and accountability will often produce it. We saw it in the Garden of Eden after the fall. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent but were not both responsible for their own actions?

In Whose eyes? When Israel was ordered to go into the promise land, they sent spies. All but two reported that they could not do it. (Num 13: 28, 31-33) My friend, what is your promise land today? What has God promised you that you are afraid to claim..and to take?

Later there was a giant named Goliath. All the strong men in Isreal was feared facing him head on. In their eyes, he was too strong, too powerful. What are the giants you face today? Are you looking for your eyes...or from the eyes of a small shepherd boy who declared this in verse 37: "The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine."

When David faced his fears head on, he further declared:

Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands.


My friends, I do not know about you, but as I sit hear writing this, I am getting goose bumps over this... I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts!!!

What are your giants? Your lions and bears? Do they seem unbeatable? Well ask God to let you see them from HIS eyes...not our own.

Fear! A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or
imminence of danger. When we get right down to it, fear is anxiety...concern about what the future holds. When we place our faith in the one who holds the future, do we need to be afraid of it?

No my friend, when we replace this definition with the next one...all fear will vanish!

Fear: Extreme reverence or awe, as toward GOD!

How do we do this?

First, make sure you have a relationship with God. Knowing God is far different then knowing about Him:

http://www.shatterdmen.com/first_step.htm

2nd, Learn to fall in LOVE with God.

How do we do this? Well by spending time with HIM. Talk to God. (this is called prayer and it is done by talking to God just as you and I would talk. We do not need the fancy words...we simply tell GOD want is on our mind...from our heart to HIS.

We also spend time reading HIS Word to us. If you have not done so, start with the gospel of John. http://bible.gospelcom.net/

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:

Rest in HIS grace: We do this by keeping our eyes upon Jesus and not the fears we have. The things of earth WILL grow dim in the light of HIS glory and grace.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me
from all my fears

Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be dismayed
For the Lord will go before you, and His light will show the way
Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be dismayed
For the one who lives within you, will be strong in you today.

Why don't you give Him all of your fears
Why don't you let Him wipe all of your tears
He knows, He's been through pain before.

Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be dismayed
For the Lord will go before you, and His light will show the way
Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be dismayed
For the one who lives within you, will be strong in you today.

Nothing take you out of His hand
Nothing can face you that you can't command
I know that you will always be
In His love, in His power, you will be free

Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be dismayed
For the Lord will go before you, and His light will show the way
Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be dismayed
For the one who lives within you, will be strong in you today.

http://www.shatterdmen.com/Be%20Strong.htm

 

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