The Message

Fear Not

Fear – God gave us the power to overcome fear.

“The power of the Word, the mercy of love, and the self-respect to yourselves and others pleases God and strengthens His presence in our lives.”

A good conversation can end in a nasty ending. It could start with a pleasant exchange of words and jokes to a wrong choice of words that would lead to a misunderstanding elevated to reliving an old feud if there is anything. Sometimes the tone of voice now expresses the spirit of anger and exchange of nasty words that would hit the ego of someone and eventually would turn into a physical injury.

Reliving the events of someone that hurt us is unhealthy and emotionally and physically causes stress to our bodies. It could cause oxidative stress that could attack our immune system and later develop an autoimmune illness. Patience is power, as it is written that the LORD esteems a man that is slow to anger. A patient person is better than a combatant, one with self-discipline than one who takes a kingdom. Being patient and humble does not mean cowardice but a person with the right mind. A person with high imagination and value for life is better than an intelligent with a corrupted mind.

The mind is the storage of both good and bad events in our lives, and every time emotions kick in, they routinely resurface past experiences. At that moment, we live in past circumstances, and the present time seems nonexistent. Physical pain can be healed, leaving no trace of it, but emotional wounds are always fresh, and the pain feels real every time it relives. There are also regrets because of the lack of reactions to defend against the attack at that moment, but on the other hand, there is joy for not reacting to the unforeseen outcome. It could be incarceration or an underground ending. It leaves us with more feelings of happiness than fear. Sometimes you feel it is over, but the memories keep popping out, seem untouchable and already attached to what happened to our souls, and hard to whisk them away.

Although there is no Scripture in the Bible that specifically addresses the phrase “fear not, for fear cannot conquer all,” we can still receive wisdom and knowledge from God through His written word as we speak, read, and continue to learn His word with our heart so we may cope and heal.

The reference verse is 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

God said not to fear, for He is with us; he is going to help us and uphold us with His righteous right hand—that promise and an assurance that we are not alone in this journey. We can control our emotions, a gift from Him that empowered us. As written, it is better to be patient with self-discipline than to be a conqueror that takes a city by force.

We have to free ourselves from the slavery of our thoughts and let God’s thought which is higher than our thoughts, helps us find the freedom we are longing for. God’s word is our most outstanding defense against controlling thoughts that pushes us around to act carelessly. Disciplined thoughts make us think before we make an act.

When we talk about patience, there is no comparison with God’s patience. God has proven patience recorded from the Old Testament to New Testament to Revelation, and His mercy and grace can calm our emotions with ease as we breathe His Spirit that gives life.

“Come to me, all weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

As we lay our complete submission for his glory, God will give us peace in our hearts, and when we learn the habit of forgiving the one that offended us, we can experience joyful feelings without a heavy load on our shoulders. Freeing the bondage of hatred and anger in our hearts releases the burden of an outside man (flesh), and making a new man (spirit) begins a purposeful life that God wants us to be. 

We can learn to define who God is when we can define who we are in God’s eyes. We cannot define God precisely, but we trust Him to be our all in all. We can lean into trusting God, believing He has predetermined our future and will not let us fall apart from Him because, as it is written, no one can snatch us from His hands. We belong to Him, and no one else has authority over us. With the power given to us, the same power is given to the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11… we can overcome the hardships the world has done to us.

Habitual anger, impatience, unforgiving heart, unacceptable behavior, uncompromising character, and moody attitude are considered a lack of knowledge or ignorance of the word of God. Faithful workers are not to be ashamed of dividing the word of truth. But the unbelievers whose time has not yet come will ignore what they heard and saw and not realize the happiness it gives when they believe and confess at the same time the assurance of salvation for those who accept that God sent the Son to redeem the world from Sin. Please read John 3:16-17.

Many modern Christians no longer believe in the miracle of healing; they prefer modern medicines, but their faith in being healed is still at high levels. We must let go of the fears that only hurt our physical and spiritual values. Healing could already be on its way; wait for God’s assigned doctor to assist you and the prescription he will prescribe if you are not comfortable taking plant base supplements.

Don’t let fear control your belief system and deny the power of healing that God has for you. If we put God in control, you will be glad we did nothing wrong. The healing process sometimes is quick and sometimes takes ample time. Let God do His way, which is better than our way. However, we must remember for the last time that the decision is still ours, and God will never interfere with our free will. However, please do not count on it! God will make a way when it seems no other way for humans to take the right way. That’s how God shows His love to His children every step of the way.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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