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Christian Response in Times of Fear- Part Two

The Commandments of Jesus

Spreading fear on social media or anywhere else puts you in direct contradiction with the commands of Jesus.

Do Not Fear

We are not to have a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7) so we definitely shouldn’t be sharing ideas about the future that cause fear. We are not to fear politicians, billionaires or experts who “may” do terrible things to us, restrict our freedom, or persecute us. We are to only fear “the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

Do Not Worry

Fearful posts are fueled by worry. What if…. or Let me warn you….. Worry is a sin. Jesus said do not worry about tomorrow. (Matthew 6:34)
Jesus said we change nothing by worrying.
He wants you to trust in his love and care. He said
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

Once you obey and stop worrying, you can encourage others to do the same. In this way you fulfill the Great Commission, teaching others to obey the commands of Jesus. (Matthew 28:20)

Love

Jesus said love ❤️ your neighbor. “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”” Mark 12:31
18% of the population, about 40 million adults, have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Many more suffer without being diagnosed. It is almost certain that someone reading your posts will already be quite anxious. Are you being a Good Samaritan, helping to heal their wounds or soothe their anxiety? Or are you spreading anxious perspectives with little thought of how the vulnerable may be affected?

Encourage One Another

The Bible has much to say as it addressed the early church about how believers were to help one another.

For every verse posted about fearing a possible future situation, how many have you posted to encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ?

You can share posts that encourage others to:

  • pray without ceasing
  • think on things that are lovely and true
  • keep their hearts 💕 and mind focused on Jesus
  • be content in all things
  • remember that God works all things together for good for those who love him
  • pray and ask God’s help in all things, with gratitude.

Prayer

Lord, help us resist the temptation to spread fear in this time of uncertainty and heightened anxiety. Guide us is spreading our knowledge of you and encouraging others to love 💗, know and obey you. Help us take our eyes off of the future and fear and to focus on you and love ❤️ you with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength. Amen.

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Christian Response in Times of Fear: Part One

This is the beginning of a series the Lord laid on my heart. How can Christians use times of fear to draw people to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Let’s start with a brief overview and reminder of who we are in Christ.

We are called to:

-Show the world we are different because all our faith and hope is in Jesus (Hebrews 6:17-20) and eternal rewards.

-A life of sacrifice and taking up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). We are not to pursue our comfort here on earth. We are to witness to the power of Jesus, the love of God and the importance of giving over every part of our lives to God.

-Remember we were created by God for good works and to walk worthy of our calling. (Ephesians 2:10 , Colossians 1:10 ) God’s Word is clear that spreading fear is NOT a good work because a spirit of fear doesn’t come from God. ( 2 Timothy 1:7)

-To let our light shine so we will give glory to God. (Matthew 5:16) Times of fear are times are darkness and the world is more desperate than ever to see the light of Jesus through his people.

-To be a peculiar people (obviously distinct from the world), a royal priesthood for Jesus. (1 Peter 2:9) In this time when many are fearful and spreading fear it is good for us to be different and use our opportunity as peculiar people to “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” as Peter tells us.

-To make it clear that earth is not our home (Hebrews 13:14) so people will ask about the hope we have within us (1 Peter 3:15). That hope within us is Jesus and in him alone we trust.

Conclusion: Who we are in Christ compels us to dispel fear instead of spreading it.

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How to Live, How to Die and How to Live Forever

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Jesus and Salvation

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Your Dwelling Place

Read: Psalm 23:6

David has had quite a life by the time he wrote Psalm 23. He states that “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. What David? Do you not remember all the hardship, betrayals, your own sin with it’s painful consequences? How can David say that goodness and mercy SHALL follow him all the days of his life? He can make such a bold statement because he knows the presence of God. He knows that it was due to the presence of God in his life that he was not utterly destroyed. Yes, he was knocked down but the Lord picked him up. Why? Not because of who David was but because of who God is. God is goodness and mercy and it is his presence in David’s life that preserves him. David further goes on with godly confidence to say that he will dwell with the Lord forever. Once his earthly ministry is finished, God is still not done with him. He will dwell with his precious Lord and Savior into all eternity.

God was David’s dwelling place because David knew that no matter the obstacle, sin or enemy, he could run to God for refuge and strength to overcome. You have the same dwelling place. Jesus promised his presence will be with you always. You can always turn to him in any situation.

You will dwell with Jesus forever, into eternity, because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for you.

God never leaves your presence but you can get distracted and forget you are in his presence. How can you maintain a remembrance of God’s presence? Bible reading, prayer and fellowship with other believers is the best place to start. May you dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

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It is Finished- Jesus, Fulfilled the Scriptures from Beginning to End,the Alpha and Omega

Easter Series- Confronting Jesus

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30 (NIV)

Background

Seven is the number of perfection in the Bible and the number of the sayings of as he hung on the cross for the sin of the world.

Jesus’ sixth saying was “It is finished.” This is the final saying recorded in the book of John. Luke’s Gospel includes the 7th- “Into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Luke 23:46.

Finished

A form of the word “finished” is repeated three times. “Finished” in verse 28 is exactly the same Greek word as verse 30. “Fulfilled” in verse 28 is a different word from verses 28 and 30 but from the same root meaning to complete or accomplish.

Importantly for us today, the verb tense of the word “finished” in Greek means “continuous”. It was finished then and it is still finished now. The meaning of “finished’ is more than “survived”. Jesus was victorious in accomplishing what he set out to do.

What Did Jesus Mean?

What did Jesus accomplish that he set out to do? The will of his father. Jesus demonstrated for us how to rightly focus our actions. Our greatest desire, our strongest hunger, should be to do the will of our Heavenly Father. (John 4:34)

In what ways did Jesus do the will of his Father?

If you want to be saved from the bondage of sin and forgiven, look to the cross. Jesus did it all. Jesus paid it all. There is nothing left for you to do but believe.

Won’t you believe in Jesus and all he did for you today?

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You Must Be Born Again

John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Jews, came to see Jesus at night after the crowds left.

He began by acknowledging who Jesus was, a Rabbi (teacher), sent by God who did miracles because God was with him.

Jesus, instead of thanking Nicodemus for the compliments, gave a warning. Jesus began by saying “truly, truly” or literally “amen, amen”. He wanted to make sure Nicodemus paid careful attention to what came next.

Jesus knew that his fellow Jews were looking for the Kingdom of God to come and end the reign of Roman oppression. Jesus also knew that curiosity about Jesus’ role in the Kingdom of God was what bought Nicodemus out to see him that night.

This theme of wondering if Jesus is the one to bring the Kingdom of God is seen throughout the Gospels. Jews, even John the Baptist, wanted to know who Jesus was in relation to the expected Kingdom of God.

Jesus gives a warning to Nicodemus- “unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. The Greek word for “born again” can also mean “born from above” and both meanings are likely in view here. Jesus pointed Nicodemus to the new life he needed to receive in order to be part of the Kingdom of God. Just as the breath of life from God above, “ruach” gave life to the first man Adam, so a man must receive this breath and be born again to live in God’s eternal Kingdom.

James uses the same Greek word used here for “born again” when he writes “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” in James 1:17.

The most perfect gift available for you today is the gift of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. God is asking you to be born again.

Are you willing to become a new creation in Christ? Will you give your life to Christ and make him the lord of your life?

This Easter, in the spring season of newness, let God know your desire to be born again. He wants to give you newness of life in him. All your sins will be washed away and you can get a fresh start.

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Humble Yourself, Pray, Repent

Each of us have the opportunity each day repent before God. God’s mercies are new every morning. We humble ourselves by admitting that God is God and we are not.

God’s forgiveness is just a prayer away.

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Courageously Wait on the Lord

Is it hard to find the strength to go on? David, writer of this Psalm had times he felt that way. He learned that sometimes you have to wait on the Lord, putting all your hope in him. Because of the Lord, you don’t need to fear but wait courageously for him to deliver you.

Thank you, Lord, for being our anchor of hope, the one who allows us to run and not get weary. Help us to wait on you.

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Serve to Refresh

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

Jesus spoke to his followers after he humbled himself to serve them. The washing of feet was a source of refreshing and relaxation. What had his followers been doing? Sharing the Good News, the Gospel, all around the region as commanded by Jesus. This was hard, physical work, walking from town to town on dusty roads wearing sandals. It was emotionally challenging as many refused to hear the message of truth and grace. The Twelve needed rest and encouragement. What better encouragement than to have your Master and teacher acknowledge your hard work and care for you?

Followers of Jesus today are likewise commanded to share the Gospel and make disciples. It’s still hard work.

Plan how you will intentionally minister to your brothers and sisters in Christ who work hard to teach and preach Jesus.

Won’t you humble yourself and serve, offering refreshing and encouragement to your fellow laborers for the Lord?