Finding Hope in Fearful Times
There are fearful times coming to this planet. Please look with me at Luke 21:25.
Jesus says that we are headed toward days when people "expire". The word is aposucho ‘breath pops out' or ‘expires' because of complete fear. We see that in earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes, usually among the elderly with heart attacks. But the ultimate panic attack is coming and many healthy humans will just expire for fear.
Jesus gave signs that would signal His soon return. When He outlined those signs, He said they would be like 'birth pangs' -- increasing in both frequency and intensity as the end of the age approached.
He spoke of wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences and a climate of deception, on an ever increasing scale. He spoke of Israel as a literal place in the last days, and foretold Jerusalem's rise to global prominence at the appointed time. He said Jerusalem would remain in Gentile hands until the times of the Gentiles were fulfilled.
WE LIVE IN FEARFUL TIMES
God has an offer to those who live in fearful times. More than any other prohibition God repeatedly calls out to us to not fear. As Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
I want to challenge you from the Word of the Living God - to Live the Word Filled Life - even in fearful times!
Fear is not from God, it comes from our flesh, it surrounds us in the world, and it is the realm of the Devil.
"Fear not" is the most often repeated negative prohibition is God's Word. The Lord wants us not to fear.
We live in a world that is possessed by fear - fear of death, fear of life, fear of danger, fear of the truth, and on we could go. But in this world of fear we are to live a Word Filled Life - even in fearful times.
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