5 Biblical Reasons Not to Fear
Joe McKeeverJoe McKeever says he has written dozens of books, but has published none. That refers to the 1,000+ articles on various subjects (prayer, leadership, church, pastors) that can be found on his website -- joemckeever.com -- and which are reprinted by online publications everywhere. His articles appear in a number of textbooks and other collections. Retired from "official" ministry since the summer of 2009, Joe stays busy drawing a daily cartoon for Baptist Press (www.bpnews.net), as an adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, writing for Baptist MenOnline for the North American Mission Board, and preaching/drawing/etc for conventions and churches across America. Over a 42 year period, McKeever pastored 6 churches (the last three were the First Baptist Churches of Columbus, MS; Charlotte, NC; and Kenner, LA). Followed by 5 years as Director of Missions for the 135 SBC churches of metro New Orleans, during which hurricane katrina devastated the city and destroyed many churches. Joe is married to Margaret, the father of three adults, and the proud grandfather of eight terrific young people. He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (History, 1962), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters in Church History, 1967, and Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelism, 1973). Joe's father was a coal miner who married a farmer's daughter. Carl and Lois McKeever, both of whom lived past 95 years of age, produced 6 children, with Joe and Ronnie being ministers. Joe grew up near Nauvoo, Alabama, and attended high school at Double Springs. Joe's life verse is Job 4:4, "Your words have stood men on their feet."
- 2017 Sep 20
The Lord Jesus Christ took it personally when those closest to Him ordered their lives according to fear. A cowering believer is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.
Faith in the Heavenly Father should banish all fears, He thought.
Scripture brims with injunctions not to fear but to show faith. Here are five of what may be five hundred such reminders…
1. Those with us are greater than those with them.
“Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)
God’s army is with us.
2. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
God Himself is in us.
3. The Lord has promised to be with you.
“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you.” (Jeremiah 1:8)
The Lord is alongside us.
“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee; so that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my Helper; I will not be afraid.” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
4. The Lord has not given His children the spirit of fear.
“He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Fear has no place in the child of God.
5. You have a choice, faith or fear, and you have chosen faith.
“Why did you fear? Where is your faith?” (Mark 4:40)
There is no room for fear in the life of a believer, my friend. We either believe Jesus Christ or we believe the enemy, but we do not do both.
Choose this day whom you will serve, yes, and in whom you will believe. It will make a world of difference.
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