From the Pastor's Desk October 2020

 

1933 in his first inaugural address Franklin D. Roosevelt  said… “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”  What a perfect description of fear, an unjustified terror that paralyzes. As the days go on, we find that many are living in a bondage to fear. They are frightened of what tomorrow may bring forth, scared they may lose their job, that they may fall sick with Covid-19, worried that we may never get back to living a “normal” life.

Now we all experience fear and must never feel guilty when we do. However, it is then what follows that counts. Fear of falling from a great height is good, so is fear of being hit by a truck, this is God given common sense for our protection, avoid standing close to Beachy Head and look both ways before cross, that is good .  But fear if not kept in check can be a blight on us, causing us to act irrationally, doing silly sometimes dangerous things in a sense of panic lest such and such happens, often causing more mayhem in the process. Sometimes fear becomes so powerful it causes us to lose sight of God altogether.

Irrationally living a life of fear, is not good, and neither is it right for the Christian. In 2 Timothy 1:7  Paul reminds us that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of  power, love and a sound mind. And in Romans 8:15 we see a similar thing, we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, Why?  Because we are now children of God possessing His Holy Spirit, who causes us to call out to God as our Daddy. [Abba]

The unbeliever, the writer to the Hebrews tells us, lives their whole lives in bondage to the fear of death. [Hebrews 2:15] But the Christian ought not to be so fearful, because we know a number of things to be true

* All things, even the bad, God works for our ultimate good  [Romans 8:28]

* If our lives are taken, we are immediately with the Lord  [2 Corinthians 5:8]

*  In Christ we shall arise from the grave at the resurrection [1 Corinthians 15:51-58]

*  In the mean while our God is a prayer answering God and is always ready to hear our cry. [Hebrews 4:15,16]

Now if these things are true [and they are], why should fear grip us? Surly we should turn to
Philippians 4:6,7 for the antidote to fear, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

If faith causes us to trust in God alone, and fear causes us to trust in circumstances and what can go wrong with them, isn’t this evidence that the Wicked One has taken that which God gave to preserve our lives,  [a healthy fear of putting ourselves in harm’s way] and twisted it into the antithesis of faith. A “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes. “   As someone said, “ Fear is Satan’s counterfeit of Faith.”

If we want the peace of God, we must remember the criteria Paul added,


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

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