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GOSPEL TRUTH: “No Fear!”

The way to be delivered from fear…..

 

 

Do you ever feel afraid? Most people do at some time or other. Fear can arise for a number of reasons, and if we are not careful it can ruin our lives. Usually fear is connected with a sense of insecurity. We do not feel safe, therefore we are afraid.

 

 

 

IT’S HARDLY SURPRISING…

Life in twenty-first century Britain is certainly less safe than it was. Muggings, burglaries, rapes, brutal assaults and murders are all too common nowadays. Just think of the following incidents reported in the news. A pensioner was awakened by an intruder in the flat. Upon investigating, the defenceless elderly person was beaten with a stick and knocked unconscious – all for the sake of a small amount of cash. A woman of 93 was raped in broad daylight by a youth. A two-year-old was snatched from a pushchair and brutally murdered by two schoolboys. We could go on listing many more horrific and repulsive incidents of this kind. The latest news broadcast will reveal similar happenings in your area. It’s hardly surprising that we live in fear of such things because they happen so often.

 

Sometimes children are afraid of the dark – but they’re not the only ones. Adults can fear being alone, especially at night. The future holds its own fears too. Rapid advances in science and technology, the micro-chip and cloning can all make many people afraid. Then there is the fear of death, called by William Dyer “the king of terrors and the terror of kings.” If only we could overcome fear and not be affected by it…

 

 

FEAR NO EVIL

About three thousand years ago a man wrote a poem which has become famous. It contains the statement, “I will fear no evil.” (1) The poem is the twenty-third psalm in the Bible, and the writer was David, the King of Israel. A personal relationship with his Creator had removed his fears. David had come to know the Lord as his Shepherd. He knew, with assurance, that the Lord would always be with him – even in “the valley of the shadow of death,” therefore he would “fear no evil” (2). Death, when it came, would simply be the means of taking him to “the house of the Lord” – his eternal home (3). “The Lord is my Shepherd” and the words which follow in Psalm 23 have been read at countless funerals. They offer genuine comfort to all who know David’s Lord.

 

 

THE MISSING FEAR

One kind of fear missing in the lives of many today is the fear of God. The Bible tells us: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (4). It is simply because God is not reverenced and respected that crimes are committed and that society is in turmoil. Another verse in the Bible states: “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (5). What a description of society today! Man has dismissed God from his thinking and, as a consequence, has rejected His commandments. We have got it wrong. The Bible tells us that “the whole duty of man” is to “fear God, and keep His commandments” (6). What are those commandments?

 

 

HIS COMMANDMENTS

1. God commands all people everywhere to repent (7). We are all guilty before a Holy God because we have broken His law. To repent means to be truly sorry and to turn from our own sinful way.

 

2. God commands that we believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ (8). God’s own Son came into this world and died in our place, experiencing the judgment of God against sin. We must ask for His forgiveness and must allow Jesus Christ, the living Saviour, to take control of our lives.

 

+. There are many more commandments in the Bible. Those who love the Lord Jesus Christ will want to keep His commandments and will not find them restrictive (9).

 

Long ago King David, the psalmist, wrote: “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (10). This is exactly what we need today. If we genuinely turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to be Saviour and Lord of our lives, this will be our experience too. Only Christ can deliver us from the fear of death. Fear Him – and you need fear no other.

 

END NOTES:- (1)Psalm 23:4.  (2)Psalm 23:4.  (3)Psalm 23:6.  (4)Proverbs 9:10.  (5)Romans 3:18.  (6)Ecclesiastes 12:13.  (7)Acts 17:30.  (8)1 John 3:23.  (9)John 14:15.  (10)Psalm 34:4.