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Christ is Preached…

 

Every situation Paul was in He was always looking to see God at work. 

 

He said “I am put here”

 

Philippians 1:16

English Standard Version (ESV)

16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

He always looked at advancing the Gospel in the midst of all the circumstances he found himself in. 

He used everything as a stepping stone for the unfolding plan of God. 

God is in control of our circumstances. God is not waiting for the circumstances to be right or to be changed. He uses all circumstances to cause us to grow and to advance the Gospel. 

Romans 8:28

New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

How you handle a circumstance in your life can be a witness of the Gospel to those around you. 

Paul’s attitude:

…the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel….

Joseph’s attitude: 

…As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today…

Jesus’s attitude:

…“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”…

Stephen the Martyr’s attitude:

 …“Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”…

Corrie ten Boom’s Attitude:

….”God does not have problems. Only plans.”… “There is no pit so deep that Gods love is not deeper still.”… …”Don’t worry about me, the things that have happened to me have served as an advancement of the Gospel. The important thing is that Christ is Preached.”

 

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

 

We must examine ourselves to make sure our attitudes are Christ like. We can’t let the motives of others change our attitude. 

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

We can’t let others around us change or influence our attitudes. 

The wrong motives of bad men, must never be allowed to become the determining element in our attitude. (Allistair Begg)

We must have the attitude that no matter what we are going through:

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

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Only Believe…

Now a days our minds are so full of so many things that we are not sure what to believe. Listening to the news, watching TV, hearing what others are saying, and so much more. All these things can steal our focus off who we should know and believe in. 

We even look to ourselves for the answers. We trust ourselves more and more each day. 

One of the things that come in trusting and believing what we hear is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear that the circumstances in our lives will not go away or that they will not turn out the way we want them to. 

Fear can freeze you in your circumstances. You can’t move forward when fear comes in. Fear blinds you from what God is doing in you and for you. 

Mark 5:36

… Be not afraid, only believe.

 Mark 5:36

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.

 Luke 8:50

… Fear not: believe only

 ANDREW MURRAY – “Jesus, I believe in Thy glory; I believe in Thine omnipotence; I believe in Thy power working within me. I believe in Thy living, loving presence with me, revealing itself in Divine power.”

Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences. You will find it far simpler and easier just to trust and say, “I am sure He is all for me.” Get rid of yourself for the time”

“don’t think or speak about yourself; but

Think what Jesus is.

And then remember it is believe always”

 I like when he said “Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences.”

This is so true, the more we occupy our thoughts, our days, and our lives with what we feel or the things we experience, the more fear will come in and the more unbelief will come in and cause us to either go backwards in our walk or freeze us right where we are. 

The only way to keep moving forward in life is to be not afraid only believe in the one true God. 

 Mark 5:36 (PHILLIPS) “Now don’t be afraid, just go on believing!”

Look to Him. Know Him. 

 Psalm 37:3

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

(adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth)

 MHC- 

Be not afraid that my coming will be to no purpose, only believe that I will make it turn to a good account.” Therefore fear not, faint not. Faith is the only remedy against disquieting grief and fear at such a time: let that silence them, Only believe. Keep up a confidence in Christ, and a dependence upon him, and he will do what is for the best. Believe the resurrection, and then be not afraid.

Lester Sumrall – Turning on the light reveals the reality that there is nothing to fear. This is a basic principle: much of what we fear will never bother us again if we see it for what it is. God is light, and by turning to God’s Word we can see that nothing should terrorize or paralyze us. By continuing to absorb biblical truth through daily reading and study, we will walk in the light as He is in the light; and in that blessed environment fear cannot get to us.

Romans 8:28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose…

 So be not afraid, Only Believe…….

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1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Fear divides your mind. Fear stifles your ability to think & acts as you should. It affects your decisions.  Fear enslaves you.

Heb 13:6 be content…I will never leave you forsake you….

 

…so I may BOLDLY say…

 

The Lord is my helper; 

 

I will not fear…

 

What can man do to me?

 

Helper – a cry for help…the word describes The Lord as poised and ready to rush to the relief of His oppressed child when they shout fir His assistance. 

 

Must change my focus from fear to the word of God. 

 

 

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

This all comes down to a faith battle…

Just because you cannot change something does not mean you have to continue to fear it. He said He would continue to uphold you. He may not remove what fears you. He is your anchor. He will not be moved. 

Do not believe your feelings, but the testimony of the word of God…

He will protect you and bring you through…

 

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Don't let discouragement take your strength… by Angie Paxton.

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“A ROSE GARDEN” : by Mrs. Angie Paxton.

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“To work or not to work?”: by Angie Paxton.

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Got Pride?: by Angie Paxton.

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Prov. 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.

The fear of the Lord is not like the fear that comes from something we are afraid of. Like the fear of heights, spiders, etc….(not a phobia) That kind of fear has torment. (2 Tim. 1:7, 1 Jn. 4:18, Prov. 29:25)

The fear of the Lord is to be in awe, reverence, wonder, respect…

We must recognize and respect His authority, His majesty, & His power.

When you respect someone you give them your time & resources, more than respect when you are in awe of someone you would do anything for them. 

The Fear of the Lord produces blessings:

Continual spiritual cleansing – Ps. 19:9

Life & many good days – Ps. 34:11-12

A blessed & happy family -Ps. 128

Freedom from all evil fears – Prov. 14:26

A place of security – Prov. 14:26

Deliverance from satanic snares – 

abiding satisfaction – Ps. 19:23

Preservation from the visitation of evil – Prov. 19:23

Riches & honor – Prov. 22:4

A hope that extends beyond the grave

No wan to those who fear God – Ps. 34:9

Wisdom – Ps. 111:10, Job. 28:28, Prov. 9:10

Knowledge – Prov. 1:7

Long life – Prov. 10:27 

The God kind of fear produces us doing God’s will – Like 22:42. Ps. 111:10

Proverbs 2:1-5

 1 MY SON, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you,

    2 Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];

    3 Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

    4 If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,

    5 Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.

Is. 33:6 The fear of the Lord is our treasure.

If you had a treasure what would you do to protect it? Remember the devil goes around seeking whom he may devourer. He does not like that you are in awe of God. He wants you to fear him. Doing something out of that kind of fear is bondage. The God kind of fear does not produce bondage.

We must be in awe of God’s majesty, His Power, remembering who He is. He is all-knowing, all powerful, Holy, pure, & much more. He made heaven and earth. He is the Almighty. He is Holy. We must remember who we are and who he is. 

We must remember just because we have problems in our lives does not mean we do not fear God. This is a fallen world. Sometimes we experience things because of our sin or someone else’s. Sometimes it is satan & sometimes it is just because we are in a fallen world. This is why we need to walk by faith and not by sight. 2 Corn. 5:7 We will experience total deliverance when Jesus comes for His people. 

Don’t get me wrong we can experience these blessings in this life & that is one of the reasons that Jesus came, so we could have life & life more abundantly. But mostly so we could be reconciled to God. God wants fellowship with us. We need to humble ourselves & look to Him totally for our daily needs. He is God and we are not. 

This world looks at blessings & success not as GOd does. we must humble ourselves and bend our knees in wonder & awe of Him. Then we will have true success & blessings. You might be in a pit like Joseph was, but he was right where God wanted him. Soon he was taken to the place where he was able to save many by God’s wisdom & blessings. What I am saying is don’t look at your circumstances to determine if you are blessed. You are blessed as you surrender yourself to the Almighty God. In the Fear of the Lord you will be right where God wants you to be.

In wonder, in awe, in  reverence, in total surrender only. Fear no man, fear nothing. 

BUT FEAR GOD ONLY!

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Genesis 15:1 “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”

Genesis 21:17  “And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.”

Genesis 26:24  “And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.”

Genesis 46:3  “And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.”

Exodus 20:20  “And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.”

Deuteronomy 1:21  “Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 20:3  “And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them.”

Deuteronomy 31:6  “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

Deuteronomy 31:8  “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”

Joshua 8:1 “And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land.”

Joshua 10:25  “And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.”

Judges 6:10  “And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.”

Ruth 3:11  “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”

I Kings 17:13  “And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.”

II Kings 6:16  “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.”

I Chronicles 28:20  “And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”

II Chronicles 20:17  “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.”

Isaiah 35:4  “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.”

Isaiah 41:13  “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”

Isaiah 41:14  “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

Isaiah 43:1 “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”

Isaiah 43:5  “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west.”

Isaiah 44:2  “Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.”

Isaiah 54:4  “Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.”

Jeremiah 46:27  “But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.”

Daniel 10:12  “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.”

Daniel 10:19  “And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.”

Joel 2:21  “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.”

Zechariah 8:13  “And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.”

Matthew 1:20  “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

Matthew 10:28  “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Luke 1:13  “But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.”

Luke 2:10  “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

Luke 5:10 “And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.”

Luke 8:50  “But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.”

Luke 12:7  “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

Luke 12:32  “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

John 12:15  “Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.”

Acts 27:24  “Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.”

Revelation 1:17 “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.”

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There are many types of Fear. There are over 180 different types of Fear.  

Fear of People, Fear of death, Fear of the unknown, Fear of the future, fear of the past, fear of going crazy, fear of loss, fear of failure, and much, much more. 

The origin of fear is the same, satan. The results of fear can be many different things. Fear is so big in these las days that many will not have the courage to continue. Many will even commit suicide. The bible says in Luke 21:26 that men’s hearts will fail them for fear.  So weather that means they will commit suicide or their heart will stop beating, the results of fear are the same. SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT MAKE IT TO THE END. (The bible says those who endure to the end shall be saved. 

Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger. Fear is often related with pain, you may have fallen in the past, so you are afraid of heights. Or you were hurt by someone or something, so now you are afraid of things and people. 

Research shows that people can get sick from fear. They even say that death can come from fear. Even healthy people have been known to be “scared to death”.  Fear often starts out a being concerned about something and can grow into where you are so afraid even to move. Your heart starts racing and you become sick. You can become fatigued and experience many physical symptoms in your body because of fear. 

People see all the things that are going on in the earth and that fear will overcome them if they submit to it. Luke 21:9 says that people will hear (the other verse said see or looking) & they will fear, but if tells us not to become alarmed & panic stricken & terrified: for all these things must take place first…

For Christians we should have great joy because we know that Jesus will be coming soon to take us home. So rather than being terrified of what is happening in the world, we should confidently & joyfully await the return of Christ. 

So in the last days DON’T QUIT, DON’T QUIT QUITTING! DON’T QUIT TURNING BACK TO GOD! DON’T QUIT REPENTING! SIMPLY DON’T QUIT.

Next, another result of fear is bondage.

Rom. 8:15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

People are slaves to fear. They even serve fear. There are people who can’t even move or do what they want because fear has such a hold on them, they can only move as fear moves them. Fear imprisons, fear paralyzes, and much more. 

Fear has torment.

1 John 4:18 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.

Fear respects no one. Many people from all walks of life live in fear. Fear strikes the mind and holds it captive so you will not be effective for God or man. Fear can paralyze someone so much that they will not do the things God has planned for them. Fear breaks communion with God. A fearful person cannot live in the presence of God. And that is satan’s ultimate goal, is to get you so fearful that you will not be with, experience, or even turn to God at any moment in time. 

Men in the bible had results of fear, but they knew if they turned to God, they would be set free. See here that it made him suffer in his body. 

Isaiah 21:3-5 

 3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

 4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

Fear NOT, for I am with thee:

Isaiah 35:4

Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:13

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Isaiah 43:1

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Isaiah 43:5

Fear not: for I am with thee…

Isaiah 44:8

Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

We will talk more at another time what our response to fear should be, but just remember that Fear is a Spirit, it is from Satan, & God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. He wants you to walk with Him without any hindrances. He wants you free. That is why Jesus came. Without Jesus you do not have any hope. 

Ephesians 2:12

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world…

So do not act like you are like those without hope. You have the one who created the world behind you and in you. He is your strength! He is your hope! He will not leave you, not forsake you!! Look to Him!! Be FREE!!

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