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Fear

Fear, it seems as natural as breathing. I’ve heard it said that everyone is afraid of something, sometime in his or her life. But I wonder why that is, why do we have fear? And how do we overcome it?One of my college professors once said that it has to do with survival– that we evolved that way. But I don’t buy that; I don’t believe in the theory of evolution, therefore I do not believe that we evolved that way for the purpose of survival.  She stated that it was a fight or flight thing. If we were in danger, the fear would have us engage in fighting or fleeing.

But to me there has to be more to it, after all, we are told that we should not fear.

Deuteronomy 31:6
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6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God is with us and does not want us to be afraid, but He wants us to trust Him, to place our entire life into His hand always.
David tells his son not to fear, and by reading that in 1 Chronicles 28:20 we also know that we are to encourage others that they need not be afraid if they place their trust in God.

1 Chronicles 28:20
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20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. 

We know that God is with us. He Himself tells us, the words come from Him directly.
Isaiah 41:10
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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13
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For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

How comforting are His words? They ought to bring peace to us, if we truly believe in His power and truly trust in Him.
An enemy may destroy our flesh, but if we are indeed saved by Christ, then no enemy can destroy our spirit or soul.

Matthew 10:28
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28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Some may say, “But we are told to be afraid”. Well we should be if we are not saved by Christ, if we have not given ourselves to Him.
But for all who are saved by Christ, those who follow Him fully, there is nothing to be afraid of. For God is with us.

Romas 8:31
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31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
When we feel fear creeping in toour hearts, we can recite this Psalm:

Psalm 27:1
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The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Where does fear come from then? If fear does not come from God and is not of God then we know that fear must come from the enemy. That is satan. He is the one who wants us to be afraid, to fear everything but him. Because fear is a bondage that prevents us from moving ahead and growing in Christ.

2 Timothy 1:7
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7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 Peter 3:13-14
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13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.

1 John 4:18
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18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

So we know that fear is not of God but is from the enemy. How can we overcome or combat fear? We can do this by trusting in God and using the power and the authority that Jesus has given us.

Luke 10:19
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I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
The great thing about reading that scripture is knowing that we can overcome fear and also anything else that is not of God.
God Bless you all!

 

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

 

 

Thomas H Czech, 2012

 

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The End Times; Prophecy becomes Reality

Be ready and prepare yourselves for we are in the end days

What more do we need to see before we realize that we are in the end days.
I am not talking about December 12, 2012. I am talking about the end days as written in the Bible.
We can see by the events that are occurring on a daily basis that we indeed have been given many signs that we definitely do not have much time left.
God has been gracious and very patient with us, but a time will come when He will no longer allow mankind to go about his own business. The evil ways of man will be his destruction.
We do not know the exact hour when this will happen, but we are given signs. We need to open our eyes and accept that fact.
Matthew 24:36
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36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Mark 24:42
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42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Many of the things; maybe all the things that are written are happening now. The bible is the undeniable word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
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16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The verses that continually come up are these, from Matthew 24: 37-39 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.There were many parties, merry-making, people were doing whatever they wanted, not giving God even a second of thought. They were facing death, and none were aware, all because self-gratification, pleasure of the flesh was all they were focused on.
We can see that everything written in the Bible is happening. Nothing is left out, everything that we were warned about is indeed happening now. Yet there are those who can not see it, refuse to accept it or making excuses as to why it is happening and some are merely brushing it off as being hype. There are many also who believe that humans are Gods, and they make their own destiny.
Read the next verses and you can see that the Bible is the word of God and has shown us what today is like, and we were warned over two-thousand years ago.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
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1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

We are indeed equipped for a day such as this, God has given His weapon which is His word. He has given us His Son, who will go before us and with us into battle. We need to trust Him and place our life in His hand.
Romans 8:31
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What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Remember that through Jesus, we can overcome all things. For He has given us the authority.
Luke 10:19
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I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
If you have not done so, give your life to Jesus. Allow Him to take charge of your life and bring you to full salvation. Heaven and hell are real, Jesus wants you to live with Him in eternity. He can and He will heal you, comfort you and save you, if you let Him.
John 3:16
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 8:36
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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Prepare yourself, be ever watchful, trust in the Lord, Jesus is real and is coming back—soon.
I will end with this:
Matthew 25 New International Version
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Here is a great site to check out:
http://endtimepilgrim.org/tenvirg.htm

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Thomas H Czech, 2012