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Fear Hinders Our Labor For Christ


God does not turn a deaf ear to any righteous person crying out for help. The Lord hears their cry. Every believer should embrace this promise. And although God is spirit, and we are spirit encased within flesh, He hears our petitions from His realm on high.

Furthermore, God delivers the righteous out of all their troubles. This deliverance can occur in many different ways. God may simply remove our adversary or obstacle. He is able to do what we deem impossible. But, more often then an immediate or supernatural intervention, He will enable us to face and overcome our obstacle through His amazing grace. He equips us to subdue the enemy, who schemes to deceive us into thinking we have lost a battle that has already been won.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:17-19 (NKJV)

Fear is often the root of our trouble, and it is an obstacle that hinders the work of Christ. It is bondage, yet we have been set free! When we ought to love the unlovable, fears of the unknown often rush at us instead. When an opportunity to share the grace and love of God stands open before us, we cower at the possible pain a wretched and lost soul might inflict, forgetting to walk in victory our risen Lord and provided.

They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.” Jeremiah 1:19 (NKJV)

A time of testing, where a loved one is placed in the way of danger or adversity, can be especially difficult. But God understands this pain. He watched His beloved son, our Lord Jesus, suffer and endure the very cross that set us free. His crucifixion and resurrection brought about such remarkable good, the redemption of mankind and a restored relationship with God! Jesus’ fearless trust in His Father’s will and provision enabled Him to overcome all His trepidation while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew pain was in His future, but He embraced it, trusting His Father’s plan.

Suffering is found in the Refiner’s fire, and our refinement is a blessing. While in the throngs of great suffering, we might not understand the value or beauty it instills within us. But in time, it will be revealed. Understanding will come. But faith…FAITH in God’s character and goodness will propel us ahead to embrace the difficult task set before us. Grace… The GRACE of God will carry us through our test. Love…The LOVE of God that lives within us will soften our hard hearts and fearing nature to love the hateful that mock and persecute. With the eyes of Christ….Eyes that see us as we will one day be will be our own eyes, so long as we cry out to Him in righteousness.

Oh Lord, hear my cry. Make my eyes Your eyes! Let me see what You see when gazing upon the lost and spiritually dead. Help me to love them as You do and to love them as You love me.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  James 5:16 (NKJV)

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (NKJV)

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)


In it, NOT of It! Heaven is our home!

AB IN It Not Of It

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.“ Hebrews 13:14 NKJV

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.” John 15:19-21

My heart has been wrestling with God and my spirit deep in prayer regarding our President’s call to act upon Syria, whose leader decided to gas his own people, including many children. The act reverberates of the injustices done to the Jews in WWII. I don’t know what Congress will decide.  I don’t believe there is a good outcome one way, or the other.  Times are very dark and anxiety can come upon us like a smothering hand that takes our breath away. Yet, we are told to be anxious about NOTHING.

The conclusion I have reached is this:  God is in control and we all need to pray for HIS will to be done.  I am also asking for mercy and grace, protection, and justice on behalf of the United States and Israel.  The situation in Syria is very complicated and so, I trust God sees my concern and my desire for His guidance and help. Chemical warfare, used on innocent children, should be acknowledged but the US has no allies and our President is seen as weak and indecisive. 

With my opinion stated, I now get to the real point of this post, after all, encouragement is always my number one motive and goal.  We are sojourners in this world.  Our home is heaven, not earth.  As times get darker and wars and the rumor of wars increase, Christians will find it harder and harder to remain faithful. Greater persecution and suffering will come our way in the United States. We must hold tight to the promises of God and build up our most holy faith. God reigns now and will forever more!

Fear is a tool of the enemy, so we must cast aside our anxieties and lean not on our own understanding.  God’s ways are not our ways. He is in control, and with that understanding I encourage you to find peace. 

Our nation, and the world, is now on a dangerous ride. We need to be on our knees praying for the United States, our political leaders, Israel, and Syria.

We also need to ready ourselves. The rapture may occur with our generation. Again, our home is with God in heaven and we are to live as aliens in this world. (I don’t mean like aliens who ride along in spaceships… although that is probably how the world will explain the rapture of the church.)

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”  1 Peter 2:11-12 (NKJV)

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