Biblical Christians Need Not Be Afraid
As I recently sat in an office looking for assistance, I was once again presented with another scenario where I might need to fight for my very life. It's something I had to do which I endured many times before the past eighteen years of my life. As all the times before, I had to speak to a person at my appointment where I was once again confronted with the specific choice of being fearful of being murdered by a US Government agent, or having the faith that God was going to rescue me yet again from being victimized from actions of a Foreign Immigration Marriage Scammer from the Philippines and her American Government criminal accomplices in and around Genesee County, NY. Thankfully, and by God's grace, and only His grace, I chose not to be fearful in the face of life threatening danger, and the Lord honoured my faith to protect me(again). Choosing to hold close to God won me another day of live here on Earth. I was fully prepared though, not to fear what may happen to me that day as I had done so many times before. It was all a matter of faith in Christ Jesus.
Like you perhaps, I can plainly see how crazy and dangerous our world has become. There's much chaos in the world going on right now. No real and honest Bible believing Christian should ever believe that our world is not purposely waging a war against Jesus Christ and His followers. We are target number one. At present, thousands of Christians are not only being murdered for their faith in Jesus in the Middle East, but all around the world including right here in the United States as well. Because of that persecution, fear has gripped many hearts. The Bible however warns us that these frightful times would come. Now those times are upon us and are going to grow even darker as we see more and more Christians suffering for their faith, even unto death. You yourself may even be one of the persecuted Christians I am writing about reading this article right now.
What every true believer needs to remember is that for all following Jesus, that persecution will indeed come. Jesus said it would for every believer in Matthew 10:22. No follower of Jesus will escape persecution. But our level of faith matters when we are being persecuted. It is after all, a matter of faith that we choose and believe the words of Jesus when he declared to those of us who suffer for His name, would also be comforted by the Lord no matter what happened to us. John 16:33 declares that, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Indeed, we can choose to have the peace that Jesus spoke about during times of persecution. “Peace” you ask ? Yes, even “Peace.” Which can also be interpreted as “confidence” as well. It is our faith and confidence that God has allowed our circumstances, and no matter how troubling they may seem and He has everything under control. Again, this is where our faith comes in. Faith that the Lord knows all, and certainly knows what He is doing in our lives also. I know that sometimes we cannot figure out what God is doing, especially when we see others, or during own suffering. But again, God knows what He is doing. A great Bible Scripture to remember when you feel that what God is allowing in your life isn't right for you, is Isaiah 55:8 which reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.” Indeed, God has His ways, and there are going to be times we just do not understand what He is up to. For the unbeliever, they can only use their natural eyes, they cannot see what God can do for them because they lack faith. The unbeliever see's no escape in times of trouble but for the true follower of Christ Jesus, we will instead look for God and His strength to endure whatever may come..
The enemy, that is satan and his people are the barriers of your faith in Christ if you allow them. They will always plant seed's of doubt and fear in you. That's their job, that's what they do. Satan does it purposely, and the Billions of people he owns here on Planet Earth can't help themselves by acting out opposite of faith in Christ either. They don't have the power of the Holy Spirit to call upon to grant them strength and power to endure, nor to stand up against evil. Therefore, they either act out with evil intentions, or when confonted themselves with trouble, take the cowards way out by either running away, or compromising with God's word. You as a true Bible believing Christian on the other hand, do have access to greater than human strength and power through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. When you call upon Him, your Jesus Nature becomes to stand firm, to cast your cares upon Him, to fight the good fight of faith, to defend the helpless, remove unrepentant evil doers and to do great exploits despite all what the devil and his people throw at you or whisper in your ear that “you will die”, “you will be destroyed”, “you can't do it, it's impossible”and or, “there is no God.”
For sure, fear and doubt can be debilitating if you allow it. I choose not to allow those feelings from stopping me on what the Lord has called me to do. None of us should. We should all have wisdom and respect when we come against those who oppose us, but none of us should allow fear and doubt to stop us in what the Bible and what the Spirit of God has told us what to do according to his word. Have you ever felt the tug of the Holy Spirit to go share the Gospel with someone, or to give someone a salvation tract? Maybe you felt God telling you to give a person some money or a material possession in need, but you failed to do so. You could have experienced where fear or doubt has stopped you from becoming a preacher or in leadership in the Church when He has called you to that vocation, or you were overwhelmed with fear to follow God's command to remove the evil. Again, fear and doubt, it can be debilitating. Worse of all though, doubt and fear blocks our best with God, including His blessings for us.
God is allowing some serious consequences for allowing sin in our nation and world. He will indeed give over to sinners their full want to be involved in their fleshly desire to rebel against Him. It's their choice. It is also our choice as how we will respond to those around us involved in that sin. God's word said to "do good to those who persecute you." The best “good” you can do for an evilist is throw your own fear to the side and warn tell them to repent of that sin before they suffer a much worse fate than physical death. Do you have enough faith and love in you to take part in that Biblical action ? Maybe fear is stopping you ?
Finally, everything you see around you, all the social upheaval is being allowed by God to see who is strong in Him, and who is a coward. As we all know in Revelation 21:8, cowards will not enter into Heaven, only the faithful will. One last thing, those who compromise with God's word are considered cowards as well, so those of you who who partake in that activity know where you stand before the Lord as also. Get ready everyone, choose up sides today because the goats like, Osteen, Warren, Oprah, Hinn, TD Jakes, Religionists, non-believers are with the goats. On the other side, are the Bible believing Jesus disciples. We are who Jesus called His sheep. We Jesus sheep have no fear, for our Redeemer lives and He is always with us. Which side are you on ?
1 Corinthian 16:13 “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”
Rev. Paul P. Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor
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