We Need Not to Fear!

by Pastor Felizardo Abanto

Fear begins when we stray from God. When we fail Him, fear comes into our lives, and this kind of mistake spoils our relationship with God. We see a striking example of fear when Adam and Eve hid themselves from God because of sin, seen in Genesis 3:8-10:

 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Fear starts to limit our abilities, as we can vividly see in Proverbs 29:25:

The fear of man bringeth a snare:

but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Fear will cause you to miss out on opportunities, to be negative and to think that everything is impossible. The solution is to begin to trust God again.

How can we restore the presence of God in our life? First of all, we must receive Jesus into our hearts—in other words, we must be saved. Now, if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you are already saved and cannot lose it again. (Romans 8) Second, you must accept and believe the fact that Jesus is with you:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,

and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:5-6, KJV)

Only the presence of God will remove every fear. His presence brings us strength, value and faith, and takes away every negative thought.

I encourage you not to let negative thinking dominate your life. Remember that you are now in Jesus, and because of that He will go before you and no evil will come to you. Just keep in mind always: Jesus is in you and He will remain in you.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, KJV).

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Good for Me by Jon Foreman

There are times when we perplexed if something we do or someone we encounter is  good for us or not, if it will destroy us or build us up. These lyrics by Jon is an exploration of that perplexity, and it helped me figure those things out for myself.

Sometimes I wonder what I put in my soul

I wonder if it’s good for me

Sometimes I wonder if it’s taken its toll

I wonder if it’s good for me

Sometimes I wonder if it’s taken hold

I wonder if it’s good for me

Sometimes I wonder if I’m loosing control

 

The fluorescent lights,

They look as bright as the real sun

When they shine at night,

But it’s just an illusion.

 

I wonder if it’s good for me

Does it bind or set me free?

Does it keep me on my knees?

I wonder if it’s good for me

 

Sometimes I wonder if I’m losing my goals

I wonder if it’s good for me

I can feel the fear swallow me whole

I wonder if it’s good for me

Sometimes I feel like I can’t block it

Like I’m a bone that’s out of socket

I wonder if it’s good for me

 

I’ve got snakes for hands

I’ve got a lamb for the slaughter

We’ve been drinking sand

Then we thought, “Was it water?”

 

I wonder if it’s good for me

Are you a cure or a disease?

Are you freedom or a freeze?

I wonder if it’s good for me

 

I was upside down

I thought the floor was the ceiling

And from my backwards view

She looked just like the real thing.

 

I wonder if you’re good for me

Are you forgiveness or a shame?

Are you liberty or chains?

I wonder if you’re good for me.

 

Written by Jon Foreman, titled Good for Me, published 2015 in The Wonderlands: Shadows EP.