Faith over fear

With the government showing its weakness in protecting the general welfare of its citizens in border security, disease control, Islamic infiltration, economic policy, privacy, and more, it is easy for many to develop fear and depression. Please be reminded that the government is not God. Socialists, progressives, communists, or whatever “ists” the current Administration calls itself, it is neither God nor a replacement for God. There is only one true God as Christ said in Mark 12:29, “The first of all the commandments is, “Hear O Israel; The LORD our GOD is ONE LORD.” The government shall rest upon the LORD’s shoulders, not man’s. Government is not God. Do not fear.

Christ said in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” You see, with all the reports that this administration causing inflation at record levels, helping Iran get nuclear weapons, refusing to protect the borders, encouraging sexual exploitation of our children and more, you should be welled up with a righteous anger, but not full of fear. Even in those days leading up to the LORD’s return, Christ told us in Matthew 10:19, “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.” You have God-given courage within you. You are a courageous person. Do not fear.

The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Do you not believe that during the time of Jesus and thereafter, his followers were highly persecuted? The government they were subjected to was far harsher than anything we have ever seen in America. Sure, we are concerned about the direction our country has taken, the betrayal of the foundational principles of this nation by those we elect, the moral condition of Americans. But we need not fear it. We do need to pray and act without fear if we are to have any hope of turning it around. As Peter and the Apostles said in Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Do not fear.

Ephesians 6:11-13 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.” As Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Put on your armor of light. Do not fear.

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Bill Wilson