*** Perfect Love Casts out Fear
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Let’s look at this verse closely and see if we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.
Jesus says, “I’m telling you this so you won’t worry about it, so that you might have peace. The word might just goes to say that Jesus knows that not everyone that calls on His name, will walk in the peace he is offering. Even those who take Him at His word here, might have peace most of the time, but every once in awhile they might miss it. Bottom line,… HE knows it may happen, so don’t worry about that either.
Still looking at that first sentence, notice that He says, “In ME” you might have peace. This peace is not happening to those of the world. This peace is for the redeemed, for this peace, Jesus paid for with His blood. (see Isa 53:5). He made this peace available to you, but it is your choice to walk in it or not.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
In Him, In Him, In Him!! I can’t say it enough! Know Him, Seek Him, desire Him! Because when your time of tribulation arises, you need to be “In Him”, enveloped IN HIS perfect love that casts out all fear… and THEN! You’ll be ready for anything.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him ( the evil one) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
* * * The Power of our Confession over Fear
Okay, now let’s look closely at this verse because this verse lists the two things you need when tribulation comes.
#1 – The Blood of the Lamb – We are marked, we are washed and the Blood testifies that we are made righteous because of Jesus Christ! (Mat 26:28) Any thought that opposes this righteousness, anyone who opposes this truth is NOT from God. Cast that thought away from you!! And, any person who says differently is grossly mistaken and needs to be recognized as someone that the devil is using to frustrate the gospels work. Whether they do it mistakenly or purely to deceive, the Bible says to mark them, make note and don’t give any value to what they say. And if it is serious enough, talk to your Pastor about it, he would appreciate knowing that this is happening and would want to protect other sheep.
Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
#2 – The Word of their Testimony – Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (salvation, healing, provision)10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Our testimony is what distinguishes us as children of God! God made us like himself, unlike the animals which cannot speak. He made us in His image, a triune being that has been given authority here on earth with the same creative force that He used to create the universe. He gave us the ability to speak and declare a thing and gave us clear instructions how to use it, if we are listening.
My favorite example is the Shunammite woman who desired to be a blessing to the prophet Elisha because she loved God. Here is the story in 2 Kings:
2Ki 4:14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. 18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. 30 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. 31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. 32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. :35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
This story is so awesome!! and it may seem like I am off subject, but there is an important message in this!
First look in 2 Kings 4:16 where Elisha said,… and it was so, just like God in Genisis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. I want you to realize that Faith speaks! Elisha said, God said, and let’s see what the Shunamite woman said…
… notice with me that when the day of tribulation came, this lady didn’t go crazy and scream at God, blame her husband, or cry out in lament, which no one would have blamed her for at all, but she understood that this would never have gotten her son back! Instead, she didn’t say anything contrary to scripture; to her husband or her servant “It shall be well.” She said. Then Gehazi asked “How is it going with you? Your husband? Your son? and she said, “It is well.”
You see some will say that she was lying, but she chooses to believe God who gave her that child in the first place and she chose NOT to believe the circumstances that said he was dead. (Rom 3:4 … let God be true, but every man a liar; )
And even with this next line she refused to speak doubt and fear,…
Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
In saying this, Elisha knew exactly what he needed to know and immediately sent Gehazi to bring him healing, by laying his staff upon the child, but let me explain something important here. Elisha had faith that the staff touching the child would heal him, but very clearly this lady lets him know that her faith is in something else.
“As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.”
.This woman’s faith, was in Elisha coming and ministering healing, in person. And he did.
So why couldn’t Elisha just heal the boy anyhow? Listen to what Jesus said to the blind men who believed that Jesus could heal him.
Mat 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
According to your faith!! So where is your faith? Make sure that your praying, lines up with your believing! If you are praying for a divine healing, but you really think God will use the Dr.’s to bring about your health, then be honest with yourself and others. It can hurt the faith of others if you tell them that you are praying for a divine healing, and it is not what you are really believing for!! They may question God’s willingness to heal and it could hinder them from growing spiritually. So please be honest with yourself and others, Where is your faith? In Dr.’s, in news casts? or in the word of the Living God? The word will make your prayers more effective and your ability to pray those prayers with a real fervency.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
* * * The Power of the Word of God to destroy fear and Death
Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.
Heb. 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.
The Tenerife airport disaster on March 27, 1977, at 17:06:56 local time was a collision involving two Boeing 747 passenger aircraft on the runway of Los Rodeos Airport on the Spanish island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. With 583 fatalities, the crash remains the deadliest accident in aviation history.
I heard a wonderful testimony about a man that had been meditating all week on the word of God, and particularly on his divine protection and the ministry of angels. He was on the American Airlines plane that had just landed that day.
Psalms 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
The roof of the plane he was on, was ripped open as the second plane, trying to take off in the wrong lane due to fog, tried to rise high enough over the plane they now were close enough to see, but were too close to miss. This passenger cried out to Jesus, claiming the protection that every Christian can claim, that is found in the scriptures! In a moment, as the plane burst into flames, he was out of his seat, standing on the back of the seat in front of him, then crawling out the huge gaping hole in the roof of the plane.
Isa 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.
Isa 43:2 When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walks through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
He remembered standing on the plane’s roof then the next moment he was standing besides the runway a safe distance away in the grass. He was humbled as he realizes that God’s hand had divinely delivered him from the horrible tragedy that was all around him, but it had no power over him.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.