Monday, May 11, 2015
Of Fear and Prophetic Abundant Life
Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Who is the thief in your life today? Who or what are you looking at that brings fear that something wrong is about to happen or is happening? Why do you feel you have to look behind you to see what is following? Jade Helm? Martial law? Changes in marriage? Islamic terrorism? The bill collector? A family member or friend who is ill? The type of nation our children will face? What? The anxieties and stress of fear steal and destroy life. But remember who you are. As a disciple of Jesus, you are to have life, even more abundantly!
Many write the Daily Jot expressing their anxiety over the current conditions of this country and of the world. For several, the bottom line is the fear of the unknown, what will happen next, as they see society worsen both morally and ethically. They see a “president” conducting illegal policies and getting away with it. They see the threats of Islam activating in our streets. They see the possibilities of destruction based on the experience of life. Much of this culminates in fear. Fear has a way of setting in, if you allow it. When fear comes knocking at the door of your mind, you have a choice. You can allow it in, or you can lock it out. You are a prophetic person living in a prophetic time. You have nothing to fear. God is with you.
1 Peter 3:14-16 says, “But if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are you: and, Be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear [respect, reverence]: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good behavior in Christ.” If you live in fear, those observing you see that your hope is damaged. If you are a known follower of Christ, being fearful is a testimony in of itself to those who expect your hope to be in Christ.
“Yes,” you may say, “but the events surrounding us are frightening.” Christ is not a weakling. He took all the sins of mankind, died on the cross, overcame death that you may have everlasting life–that you may have life and have it more abundantly. The devil is a liar and a bully. He will take what you give him. He seeks to steal, kill and destroy. You don’t have to take it. These evil times have nothing over you, unless you allow it. Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” For me, that “sound mind” part means that I have to lock out fear when it comes a-knocking. I want to encourage you this week to be that prophetic person, living in a prophetic time, showing the reason of hope within you.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
For God’s Glory Alone Ministries thanks Bill Wilson and www.dailyjot.com