Fear Not (GLMX #455)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #455 titled, “Fear Not” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
A CAUSE FOR FEAR?
Things that we have always considered to be safe activities—going to school or work, traveling, going out with friends, or going shopping—now require a second thought. It seems that each day’s news brings more information about potential risks to our safety.
Throughout our lives, it is calming and reassuring to know that someone is looking out for our safety. Loved ones tell children, “Don’t be afraid,” and do their best to protect them from harm. Governments and other agencies are also working to eliminate some of the sources of our fears through increased security measures and public health programs.
DELAYING THE INEVITABLE?
But these efforts, even if perfectly successful, can only serve to dull or delay our fears—especially our fear of death. That’s because easing the fear of dying today does not deal with the fear of dying tomorrow, or next week, or next year. Even if it were possible to assure a person’s long-term safety, our underlying fear of death would still be there, because we cannot change the fact that death is appointed to us all.
Sadly, many people will spend their entire lives dealing with various fears—and possibly even overcoming some of them—only to find that they hadn’t dealt with what should have been their greatest concern. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “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”. Jesus knew that we often fear death, but He also knew that there is something far worse than death. Because we “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”, our never-dying souls are in danger of facing God’s eternal judgment. If anything causes us to fear, that should!
REMOVING THE BIGGEST FEAR
But in the Bible we also read how Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a man and died on Calvary’s cross, “that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14–15).
Jesus has provided the way of victory over sin and death! He summed it up well when He said in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”. Even when our life on earth is over, those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior will not face eternal separation from God, but rather will live with Him, sharing His blessings, for eternity!
HELP FOR EACH NEED
Regardless of what is going on in the world around us, the Bible reminds God’s children in 2 Timothy 1:7 that: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. When we face life’s troubles, Jesus will tell us the same thing He told His disciples in Matthew 14:27 when they were in a boat in the middle of a storm-tossed sea: “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid”. Because God is able to work all things together for the good of His children, the Bible tells us 365 times to “fear not.” That’s a reminder for every day of the year!
ARE YOU READY TO LET GO OF YOUR FEARS?
First, you need to enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. To do this, you must recognize that your sin separates you from God, and turn to Him for salvation. When you put your trust in Jesus, He forgives all of your sins and promises you an eternal home with Him in Heaven. The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
Next, make it a priority to read the Bible every day so you can learn more about how God cares for His children. Someone has said, “Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” Take your cares and anxieties to God, and He has promised to give you His perfect peace in return.
If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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