Doesn’t it seem like our world has gone crazy? Guess what, since the beginning of the creation of man, this world has been in turmoil, just go read the New Testament and see all the chaos going on . Wars and rumors of wars, people not getting along, murder, disease, man decided what is right and wrong, mans sexuality distorted , floods and so on. I saw a church sign this week that read, ” Why rest in peace? Let’s live that way too”. See, when we know the King we know the outcome, we know our future.
That brings me to the word “Fear”. If you are watching the news, reading a newspaper, maybe seeing current events in your news feed… that might be your reaction. When we operate from fear, it is impossible to be about Gods mission because fear isn’t who God is, it distorts our view and cause us to make choices that aren’t kingdom minded, they are “me” minded because we are trying to protect ourselves or our families. Job 41:33 ” Nothing on earth is like Him, One made without fear”. God does not use fear on us, it’s not of Him. Fear stops us in our tracks. Fear can paralyze us. But here is the best news…. Gods own words, “fear not”. In Matthew 10 Jesus warns us that He is sending us out as “sheep in the midst of wolves”. He knew how scary this world would be, He knew how hard going about His mission would be. But He has lots of promises like John 14:27 .. “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”. Luke 1:74, ” serve Him without fear”. And Paul gave Timothy these words in 2 Timothy 1:7, ” for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power”. Luke 12:7 ” the very hairs of your head are numbered, do not fear.”
In the words of Jesus in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you”. Peace, it’ s the opposite of Fear. It’s what we get when we trust Gods promise that He cares for us, even more than He cares for sparrows. So when you feel like you opened the door to Fear, and said “welcome, come on in”… stop and remember the promises God gave us and kick fear back out to the curb. Isaiah 35: 4 … ” take courage and fear not”. Let us all put on the Peace of God, let it be on display in our life and be a living example of the Hope found in Jesus.
Phillippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard our hearts and minds in Jesus.
Rest in Peace