Jao Thaun On June - 1 - 2013

Isaiah 51:4-16

There are only 2 things in the Bible that God commands us to fear, Fear Not and Fear God. Christians all over America are losing battles because of fear. We are fearing man, fearing lawsuits, fearing lawyers, fearing judges, fearing jailtime, fearing courts, fearing government, fearing our congregations, fearing our deacon boards, fearing the liberals, fearing the media, fearing the IRS, fearing the government, fearing accusations, fearing the ACLU, fearing our spouses, fearing our children, fearing our friends, fearing our bosses, fearing our co-workers, financial fears, relationship fears, sickness fears, and list goes on and on. Christians are NOT to live in fear, God commanded us to fear NOT but to fear God.

God said, fear not when you’re alone, for I am with thee. Fear not when trials and tribulations come, for I’ve come to prove your faith. Fear not when you face many adversaries, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. Fear not satan’s condemnation, for I have redeemed thee. Fear not to take a stand, for thou shalt not be ashamed. Fear not to preach the Gospel for I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.

We’re not to fear man, we’re not to fear reviling or reproach or the oppressor. We’re to fear God. If they threaten to shut down your school or church because you refuse to hire sodomites, fear not. If they threaten to vote in a new pastor because you’re preaching the truth, fear not. If they threaten to take away your children because you’re homeschooling them, fear not. If they threaten to sue you for exercising your faith, fear not. God said FEAR NOT but Fear God. And tell me, dear Christian, “who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?” “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.” We have husbands and wives who compromise their convictions out of fear they’re going to lose their spouse, we have girlfriends who compromise their morals out of fear they’re going to lose their boyfriends, and boyfriends who compromise their convictions out of fear they’re going to lose their girlfriends. There are teenagers that get addicted to drugs and disobey their parents out of fear of rejection by their peers or loss of their “friends”. We fear our bosses at work so we work on Sundays. We fear our co-workers so we hide our Christianity at work. Fear! It’s all around us! Christians are not to live in fear! FEAR NOT!

Ec 12:13 ¶ “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” When you fear anything or anyone other than God, you are taking what belongs to God and giving it to someone or something else. Fearing God is a commandment of God. Fear is a way in which we worship God. We’re not to fear man, the world, or the devil. Fear belongs to God. We’re not to fear what man can do to us, we’re to fear God. We’re not to fear satan, we’re to fear God. For us to take the fear that belongs to God and fear something other than God in the place of God it is idolatry! God said fear not, but fear God. Why are our pulpits so weak in America? Because preachers are full of fear. They fear the IRS, they fear the deacons, they fear their congregations, they fear insecurity and joblessness, they fear losing a tither, they fear losing a crowd, but they have sinned in that they have replaced the fear of God with the fear of other things, they no longer fear God. I’d rather lose a tither or lose a deacon or lose my pulpit than to lose God’s favor and blessings in my life. God blesses those who do right, who stand for right, and who are bold in proclaiming the whole counsel of God and preach THUS SAITH THE LORD. Fear not and fear God.

We need for Christians all over America to repent of the fears that have strangled them, the fears of nonacceptance and strife that comes when taking a stand. The fears of lawsuits and lost friendships. Quit living in fear and living in sin Christians! God said FEAR NOT but Fear God. I can speak the truth boldly and without apology because I fear not man, but fear God. I can preach the whole counsel of God because I fear not but fear God. I can take a stand against sin because I fear not but fear God. And why should I fear man or the devil? Isa 51:16 “And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand,” God’s mighty hand covers those who stand for righteousness, who speak the truth and proclaim the Word of God. We have it all backwards in today’s society, we fear everything and everyone BUT God, and have “no fear” of God in our lives. That is sin. Fear belongs to only one Being, the Lord God, and we should fear only Him. Fear not, but fear God.

Fear Not for I have redeemed thee, Isaiah 43:1,
Fear Not for I am with thee, Gen 26:24, Isa 43:5
Fear Not for God is come to prove you, Ex 20:20
Fear Not for they that be with us are more than they that be with them, 2 Ki 6:16
Fear Not for I bring you good tidings of great joy, Luk 2:10

But Fear God, Ecc 12:13, Rev 14:7, Mat 10:28

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