Fear And Power

Scriptural Readings: Matthew 10:28, Hebrews 4:12, Colossians 2:6-7, Ephesians 6:10.

No matter how strong we are, fear has to confront us, and our faith is being tested, no doubt. We can never flee from it. Nobody escapes the fight between good and evil. We can’t escape the horrors of anxiety. The past, present, and future tie humanity to dreaded things to come. Sounds desperate. Right?

Fear has many faces. And if we look only at one side, it will scare us. And the result is we spend more time worrying. Right? As we step into this world of terrifying conditions, anxiety embraces our entire being.

We have our share of the struggles with these things that haunt us in this everyday insanity, but difficulties interfere with identifying our contribution to how to win this battle. Discovering the missing part to handle fear is the most demanding, and sometimes under our noses and we cannot figure it out. 

Matthew 10:28

King James Version

v.28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

New Living Testament Version

v.28 Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Fear the Lord

I guess, for many, death is the most dreaded fear. It creates unpleasant feelings for most of us. It arouses our sense of uncertainty as instantly as it creeps into our being. As a result, it forced us to decide the satisfying reasons to accept this. And to make things matter worse. Not only will our bodies soon die, but our souls too. What now?

There is no alternative. Either we fear God, or we do not. Conviction is always present, but we ignore it by not paying attention. Our last resort is fearing our Creator. It is at the end of our list of solutions. We know we cannot be right with him. It can never be late. We have to acknowledge God’s fear. Knowledge, together with wisdom, will begin if we do. 

Hebrews 4:12

King James Version

v.12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

New Living Testament Version

v.12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

What makes words powerful? They are just a bunch of letters. But for our heavenly Father, these terms created the entirety. True indeed, but it does not end there. We ignore the messages that have the power to change people. No matter how hard we tried to improve our way of living, we failed. As a result, we were wrong, believing we had it right.

Jesus reminded humanity cannot live by bread alone but by every word from God. Our will needs to be done, not His. This is the truth happening today, a fact and complication we cannot detach. These influences that we rely on and guide us to doubts result in more anxieties. We need spiritual intervention and empowerment.

Quick and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword. In simple terms, authority. The verse didn’t say God’s words if anyone wants to notice. It says “the Word of God”. This makes John 1:1 true. Only our Redeemer will penetrate and divide our souls from spirits, realizing we are dead in spirit and we have to be born again. It doesn’t end here. There are more. Our Lord addresses our human component at the same time. Separating the bone and marrow means it describes our perspectives in life. The bone or cartilage. The outside section is us, while the marrow, the inside portion, defines our inner being. It gives a clearer meaning to our endeavors in the physical realm. And in conclusion, as soon as our Savior entered our lives, our spiritual beings are alive today. We can now discern thoughts and intents of the heart. Alleluia!

Colossians 2:6-7

King James Version

v.6   As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:

v.7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

New Living Testament Version

v.6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 

v.7 Let your roots grow down into him and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

God has to be in us. Our efforts to reach Him are futile, but he has to break into us first. When we heard the gospel of our Lord Jesus, we received Him. This simply means that we allowed Him to enter our lives and live inside us through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the born-again experience (John 3:3-7).

The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised Christians, is going to work for us. And where strong conviction becomes very true. He will persuade us to carry out unmistakable instructions. 

Ephesians 6:10

King James Version

v.10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

New Living Testament Version

v.10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

And finally….

For years, we have been blind to the real meaning of fear. This word is indispensable for us to carry out what God directed us, otherwise, failure in our spiritual lives continues to cripple us. Human success can never give us reliable satisfaction. We will make the same mistakes repeatedly.

Without the fear of God, we cannot have the power needed to survive the spiritual war. The truth has to be accepted. We will stay defeated Christian if we continue to carry on believing the old meaning of fear. The future is fast approaching, and it cannot change the past. We need to be strong in the Lord, and He can do it if we allow Him to enter our lives.

As Godly fear lives in us, continuing dependence on God develops in ourselves. It is being strong in the Lord. Our faith in Him will produce the true meaning of fear, allowing our entire being to live in the power of His might. 

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