Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, October 10, 2014


Fear is an emotion that is happening now about the future. It is a future that is negative and it is always false. It is a lie from the enemy.
It is a temptation.

Hope is also an emotion that is happening now about the future. It is a future that is positive and sure to happen. It is true. It is based on the promise of God. Hope is not “iffy” as in “I hope I pass the exam.” Hope is a glad anticipation of something that is sure to happen. “We have this hope as an anchor of the soul firm, and secure.”

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” (Hebrews 6:19)

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

God made woman to need love, provision, protection, and security. God provides them but he also made men to provide them for the women.

All fear is a subset of the great fear of death. And God has delivered us from the great fear.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)

To summarize:

1. Fear is not from God
2. Fear is from the enemy
3. It is based upon a lie
4. God has given us love, power, and discipline
5. Perfect love casts out fear
6. God has given us hope

Immerse yourself in:

1. The promises of God
2. The love of God
3. Marriage (Philippians 4:4 and 4:6, 7)

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Meditate on them.
An order of events:

1. Rejoice
2. Thank God
3. Peace of God will guard your heart

When the Lord Jesus said, “Your will be done” He was surrendering to the known will of God, not to the unknown. In James 4:15, “Instead you ought to say ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” This is positive planning conditioned on the Lord’s will. We do not have a negative future in the Bible except when a prophet is pronouncing future judgment because of sin.

There are many passages on the fear of the Lord. They are much different from your fear. Your fear is not the fear of the Lord. Your fear is sin and should be confessed. The fear of the Lord adds length to life, it is pure, it teaches wisdom, it includes love for God, it avoids evil, it is a fountain of life, it is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, it delivers us from the terror by night, from evil, it delivers me from all my fears.

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