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By Watchman | October 7, 2008

“Be strong and of a good courage, FEAR NOT, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, it is He that goes with you, He will not fail you, nor forsake you.”  (Deuteronomy 31:6

“Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not:  behold your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”  (Isaiah 35:4)

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  (Luke 12:7)

“Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, what you shall put on.  Is not the life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  So why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:  they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:25-33)

As I begin to write this morning, the American economy has taken a rather drastic plunge; yesterday’s news broadcasts were full of the world-wide panic and stock market drops occasioned by the problems in our economy here.  Today, the market is edging up a bit, but the fears remain.  Will the “edging up” last?  I don’t know.  It may fluctuate for some appreciable time to come; Scripture tells us that the financial institutions in the latter days will fail, which leads in part to the attempt to form a one-world government.  Lots of blame to spread around here–the crisis is caused by a myriad of people, institutions and governmental entities.  Just how are Christians supposed to react to all of this?  My own financial position is extremely shaky at present; I’ve spent the last few weeks doing my share of moaning, casting mountains to the sea in Jesus’ Name and begging for the Lord’s intervention.  I was in prayer yesterday, yet again calling upon the Lord to do something NOW, when He gave me a firm, two-word answer, “Fear Not.”  I must here confess that my first inclination was to say, “Well, that’s easy for You to say–it’s MY bank account running dry!”  I know He heard my intent before I said a word, for He said again, just as firmly, “FEAR NOT, for I am with you!”  I was truly ashamed at the lack of faith in His word I had displayed.  When I told my son about it later that day, he told me, “Mom, you have to remember the one great truth:  God’s never wrong.”  Out of the mouths of babes (or, in this case, teens)….!  So I decided to look up what God has to say about our present fears in this world of turmoil.

An hour spent flipping through the pages of Scripture reaped a harvest of over seventy-five times God tells His people to “Fear Not!”  According to WikiAnswers (!) on the net, there are actually 365 references to “fearing not.”  How about that!  A fear not for every day of the year!  The words first appear in Genesis and are repeated over and over again until the Book of the Revelation!  Now, most of us realize that when God tells us something more than once in the Word He means us to pay attention.  How about when He tells us the same thing 365 times?  This means He’s pretty serious here!  He tells us we are to fear not governments, kingdoms, the enemy, war, sickness, lack or any other adversity.  Jesus tells us in chapter 10 in the Gospel of Matthew that we should not “fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Worry is akin to fear; faith and fear are incompatible.  The apostle Paul tells us that worry is a sign of unbelief.  Therefore, the degree to which we worry or fear may be directly related to the degree of trust (or lack thereof) we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Know this, children of God:  fear is a device cleverly used by satan and his minions to keep us from experiencing the full goodness and mercy of the Lord. The enemy knows that when we are expending all of our energy and emotion on our financial problems, on our resentment against those in authority, on blaming each other for our life’s woes etc., then we are not looking up to the One who knows about and cares for our needs and the desires of our hearts.  He knows how easy it is for us to forget the love of God in the cares of the world and our own self-serving attitudes.  We make it so easy for the enemy to sow discord and petty hatred and the all-too-prevalent contempt towards the Word of God!   When God tells you He will perform a mighty act, He will keep His word as long as you keep trusting Him to do so.  His nature is inherent in Him:  He is God: all-powerful, all-righteous and all-holy.  In what seems to be a paradox (but is not!), the only thing God cannot do is go against His own nature.  He does not go back on His word.  If He says, “Fear not, for I am with you!”, then He is with us through every circumstance, every joy, every sorrow, every setback.  There is no circumstance that can be created by man, by satan or by the world that God cannot and will not turn to His purpose if we just let Him have the control over our lives and well-being that we promised Him at the time we accepted Jesus into our hearts.  If you haven’t done so yet, do it now.  Biblical prophecy is coming to pass before our eyes, and time is growing short.  Who will you be with?  Will you be a part of the hate-filled, angry and bitter hordes, shaking your fist at God and shouting abuse against His Name?  Or will you join those who have the “peace that passes all understanding”–His peace–no matter what the world may do?  As for me…well, a little worry may sometimes creep out of the human (and therefore fallible) part of me, but I promise Him today that no matter what the circumstances, no matter how hard the enemy tries to convince me that God is paying no attention to my needs, I will praise and bless Him for His goodness to me, and I will FEAR NOT!!!

“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”  (Isaiah 43:1)

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”               (2 Timothy 1:7)


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