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Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘1 John 4 verse 18’

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1 John 4 verse 18 tells us: {Amplified Bible}:

"There is no fear in love —- dread does not exist; but full-grown [complete perfect] loves turns fear out the door and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thoughts of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love —- is not yet grown into Love’s complete perfection."

Fear is a terrible thing, and there are so many phobia mentioned on the lists of phobias, there is also a phobia for the fear of fear.

The verse before us today tells us, there is no fear in love, perfect love drive out fear. The only perfect Love we can have comes from Our Loving Creator God. John 3 verse 16: tells us that God so love that He gave, He gave the best He had, his only begotten Son Christ Jesus.

By believing in Him and by being instructed by His Word, we will be made complete, 2 Timothy 3 verse 17:  “So that the man {or woman} of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

We have His perfect love, because He died on the cross, as an expression of that Perfect love.

We have His instruction in His Word, so that we can come complete in Him, for every good work.

So do not let fear, rob us of the understanding, of His perfect love. Do not let fear stop us from becoming, all we can be in Him, because His purpose for our lives is that we become complete for every good work.

When we look at life, through the intentions Our Loving Creator God has for us, we will start to view everybody and everything in relation to God’s Holiness, righteousness and love. We can not ignore physical threats and violence, but we should not ignore The One who holds sway over our eternal destiny.  Because He has said in Jeremiah 29 verse 11: “‘For I Know the plans I have for you, ’ this is the Lord’s declaration —-‘plans for your welfare…..’.”

The Greatest work we can do, is to share with others about Him, from being en-clothed in His perfect love, and growing in His Word.

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘Fear Can Effect Anyone’

As we look at the life of David, there a many things we can take from his life. He takes on Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. What is interesting about this story is, it tells us Goliath came from Gath {V 4}.

A later story from the life of David, is that David often had cause to fear for his life, and there was a time when David was fleeing from Saul, where did he go, he went to Gath, a place where a once fierce enemy came from. There we read that David feared Achish the king of Gath. In fact it seemed that fear was on every side of his experience at this point in his life.

Psalm 56 verse 3 and 4: was a statement of Faith, by David, that occurs after David had fled from Saul, down to Gath.

Verse 3: “when I am afraid, I will trust You,”

Verse 4: “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me.”

Fear can make us all do funny things, but fear built around around Faith, can make us secure with the words, ‘When I am afraid I will trust You”

We are not alone in our fears, because Our Lord and Our Friend promise is, “He will never leave us or forsake us.”

God Bless.

O F J.

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Psalm 25 verse 14’

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Psalm 25 verse 14: “The secret counsel of The Lord is for those who fear Him and He reveals His covenant to them’.

Fear is a difficult word to get around, because God’s word also tells us in: 1 John 4 verse 18; “There is no fear in love; instead perfect love drives out fear, because fear invites punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love”.

There are two types of fear of God: one is to have a reverential awe of Him, and the second is to be afraid of Him.  As believers we should have a reverential fear, a fear of grieving Him. Our Lord and Our Friend has given so much for us, virtually a good way of putting is an awe inspiring numbness, to take in that, the God of Creation love us that much, and what He did, so we {or a whosoever} can walk in relationship with Him.

His love for us, is that we walk in peace, power and fellowship with Him. This is what this scripture verse is trying to tell us, His Will is that, His counsel and guidance {secret because the world can not understand}, is with those that fear Him, reverentially.

Walk through life in fellowship with Our Lord and Our Friend.

God Bless.

O F J.

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘2 Timothy 1 verse 7’

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2 Timothy 1 verse 7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but of power love, and sound Judgement”.

Some translations use ‘spirit of timidity’, which I am of the belief takes away from the real meaning. Paul was writing to Timothy and apparently Timothy was governed by a spirit of fear {1 Corinthians 16 verse 10}. Paul does not moralize Timothy for this, but merely pointed out that such an attitude did not come from The Holy Spirit.

We all have attitudes that come from the flesh, not the Holy Spirit. Even the Apostle Paul had his moments with despair {2 Corinthians 1 verse8}. We are all subject to weakness of some sort, but the point is such, feelings do not come from The Holy Spirit. Remembering {Romans 1 verse 8} There is no condemnation, it certainly does not mean we are not Christians, and it does not mean we are less pleasing to Our Lord and Our Friend generally. 

In Christ Jesus we have sufficiency, we have new life in Christ, It about living in our new lives, which we are all trying to do, but the old man, old woman of the flesh, has been around so long, it is hard to easily get rid of them.

Fearlessness is a state of mind that can only be achieved by the Holy Spirit. You can not work it up. You can work up courage. But you can not make yourself feel no fear. If you do have fears admit them, it is no disgrace to feel like that. But when we let the fullness of The Holy Spirit into our lives, all fears is gone. At least at that moment, it may not last forever, this is when we need to draw on the Holy Spirit, because He has given us all we need to come through, any situation.

The Holy Spirit has given us a spirit of power, love, and sound judgement {mind},

God Bless.

O F J.

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Psalm 56 verse 3’

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Psalm 56 verse 3: “What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in thee”.

There are going to be times in our lives, when we will be afraid. It is what we do when we are afraid. Fear can do lots of things to people, and perhaps one to the biggest things is:

Not going out, staying at home, stay in an environment, where we feel secure.

I remember the story of a lady from the newspapers a few years ago. A lady who was so afraid of being robbed in her own home, she went to extraordinary lengths to fortify her home. Double locks on all the doors, security screens and bars on the windows. The lady did all she could to make her home secure, to allay her fears.

The story of her secure home spread. that people began to think, she must have had something extremely valuable in her home. The criminal element of society, also believed she must have had something worth stealing. They broke in to her house by removing the tiles on the roof, but all for no avail.

We can always do everything humanly possible to make ourselves secure, but there is always a glitch, in our over protectiveness. We are ambassadors in this world, because we belong to a different Kingdom, who King is well able to help us in any circumstances we may go through.

building our own walls of protection, is putting our trust in self.

Galatians 2 verse 20; tells us: “and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”.

Let our confession be, when  we are afraid, we will trust in Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend. Because He is our protection. and He has promised to never leave us, and He has given us His peace.

When we are afraid, we can put our trust, in Him because He does love us dearly.

God Bless.

 O F J.

Faith In Action ‘What Controls Our Actions’

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Through the Assurance of our Salvation, we can be totally confident our repented sins are forgiven, and our status as sons and daughters of Almighty God.

The assurance and the status give us confidence, of what really controls our actions. 1 John 4 verse 17 and 18; {Message Bible} States;

"God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgement day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. there is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—-fear of death, fear of judgement—is one not fully formed in love".

Truth of the statement is ‘Perfect Love casts out fear’ Perfect love is in us and we are enclothed in Perfect love. Romans 8 verse 1: States:

"Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those IN Christ Jesus"  God is love and we are enclothed IN HIM.

Fear can not hold us back, because it has been cast out of our lives, because we are enclothed IN Our Lord and Our Friend.

in ! John: The Apostle John sets up a striking contrast between two states of mind, one being afraid and the other being loved. He is stating Christians should not be afraid. Christians are to know that they are dearly Loved and eternally Loved by Abba Father.

We are more and more called to live in the assurance of God’s Love, and not in terrible condition of fear. It is out of this enclothment of Love, our action should come. For we have nothing to fear.

We are enclothed In Christ Jesus, enclothed In love that has conquered fear.

God Bless.

O F J

Dealing With Difficulties ‘Faint-hearted’

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Faint-hearted: Nervous and timid, and also deficient in conviction or courage.

There is a saying not for the faint-hearted.  Should only describe somebody before they ask Our Lord and Our Friend to come into their lives, because after we accept Him into our lives, He becomes our all sufficiency.

The world most likely holds two opinions of Christians, they either believe us to be faint-hearted and not true to our convictions, or they are in a way scared of us, In Joshua 2 verse 24; The people had that opinion about God’s people:

"They told Joshua, The Lord has handed over the entire land to us. Everyone who lives in the land is also panicking because of us".

On one hand the world might call us wimps, but when we are secure with the knowledge of who we are IN Christ Jesus, they could also be unkind, because of Our Faith and Trust In him.

With God on our side, we have no reason to be faint-hearted, and everyday in the Lord is a new day. So let the words from Deuteronomy 2 verse 29; take hold, as we do what The Lord requires of us to do.

v29; “Today I begin to put the fear and dread of you on the peoples everywhere under heaven. They will hear the report about you, tremble, and be in anguish because of you”

We are all call to walk in Faith, in Faith, there can be no faint-heartedness, there only can be big heartedness, because it is all about the Awesome God we serve and not anything about us

God Bless.

 O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘The Forgiving God’

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Love, Forgiveness and Compassion:

Psalm 103 is one of the most famous of David’s Psalms:

Verse 11: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love towards those that fear him”.

Verse 12: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us”.

Verse 13: “As a father has compassion on his children, so The Lord has compassion on those that fear Him”.

Love, forgiven and compassion, they all underline God’s fatherly care for those who ‘fear Him. The word ‘fear’ is wide;ly taken wrongly and misunderstood.

This verb is used three times in Psalm 103 and clearly means absolute reverence. Revering God, in all His Awesomeness and Power, knowing that He has, great love, forgiveness and compassion, for those that revere Him.

Truly David knew this and it was accredited to Him to be a man after God’s own heart. God is a father who expect holy fear. But He is also a Father who has loving compassion on His Children.

God Bless.

O F J.

Do Not Be Afraid

Luke 2 verses 10 and 11:

"The Angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid, I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide."    {Message Bible}.

Don’t be afraid - it is good news - it is good news of great joy - it is is for everybody - and it is also personally related to everyone individually.

DON”T BE AFRAID. This encouraging phrase is found often in the Gospel of Luke, because the Message of Salvation replaces fear with Joy.

All kinds of people heard it    “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Zechariah: Luke 1 verse 13.

Mary: Luke 1 verse 30.

The Shepherds: Luke 2 verse 10.

Peter: Luke 5 verse 10.

Jairus: Luke 8 verse 50.

And All the Disciples: Luke 12 verse 7 and verse 32.

The Message of Salvation for everyone is “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Also in Luke’s Gospel we see that Jesus, redefines fear by rearranging our view so we look at things through what God sees. Jesus draws on the Old testament concept of the ‘fear of the Lord {Proverbs 1 verse 7}. This is not a cringing fear that makes us anxious, but a respect for who God is. He is the one who holds ultimate power. When we have a balanced view of God {Our Lord and Our friend}, it puts our thinking the right way round. We view everybody and everything in relations to God’s Holiness, Righteousness and Love.

We can’t ignore physical threat and violence, but we should hold in total respect Our Lord and Our Friend, who holds sway over our eternal destiny.

There were a lot of tragic things that have happened lately, we can’t dismiss them, but we can turn to the One who holds the future.

Don’t Be Afraid This Christmas, as this message is for all of us.

God Bless.

 O F J>

Point To Ponder

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in The Bible ‘Satan’ is called ‘the god of this age:

2 Corinthians 4 verse 4: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ, who is the image of God”.

The Bible also calls him ‘the prince {ruler} of this world’:

John 12 verse 31:

"Now is the judgement of the world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out".

"And about the judgement, because the ruler of this world has been judged".

The fact is First, Satan is not God’s equal. according to scriptures satan is a finite, created being.

Colossians 1 verse 16: Because by God everything was created. Satan can not created, he is a deceiver only.

The next fact is: Satan was the first sinner, in his rebellion against God:

1 John 3 verse 8: The Devil {Satan} has sinned from the beginning.

The next fact is: Revelation 12 verses 7 to 9; One day he will be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.

Ultimate Truth is: 1 John 4 verse 4: That Christians need not fear this supposive  god of this age, for The One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.

Satan is good at deception, but not real smart, if he was he would not have allowed Our Lord and Our Friend to be crucified. By dying in our place, Christ Jesus paid the price for rebellion against God, for all who would believe, and through rising again Christ Jesus gives us all new life, free from fear and deception of Satan the god of this world.

 In James 4 verse 7; Tells us Satan is a being to be resisted, and can be resisted by submitting and committing to Our Lord and Our Friend.

V7: Therefore, summit to God. “But resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.

Satan really is a coward and a bully, The easiest way I have found the get him off my back is to tell him to “Rack off in the  All-Powerful Name of My Lord, My Redeemer and My Friend, Christ Jesus, He has to go because he has to bow to the name of Jesus, because he was defeated at the cross,

God Bless.

O F J.

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