Living without fear or worry.
The greatest gift the believer in Jesus Christ receives is the gift of the Holy Spirit and of eternal life. But many other wonderful gifts are given without merit or charge to those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. The curse of worrying has caused innumerable heartache to all those that are plagued by it. Anxiety and fear has caused countless millions to run to doctors and psychiatrist to find help. Jesus instructs his followers in Math.6.25, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not life more than meat, and the body than raiment? ” and in verse 34 he goes on to say, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Paul writes in Phil. 4.6, “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” So Paul is amplifying what Jesus had taught, that we not be filled with worry and care for the future but be thankful that God has given us the peace of God. A peace filled mind is one of the greatest gifts we can receive here on this earth. Paul writes to Timothy and tells him, ” For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Tim.1.7.
Fear is a sister to worry, it keeps us from living our lives to the fullest. Jesus said in Luke 12.4-5, ” And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear, Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell, yea I say unto you fear him.” We are to fear God but not man and the things of this world. And we need not fear God if we have accepted Jesus into our lives. In Heb. 2. 14-16, we read. ” For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had power of death, that is the devil. And deliver them, who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” So we see here that Jesus came and died for us and by believing in him we no longer have to be in bondage. Even man’s greatest fear, death, has no power to create fear in us. Without fear or worry in our lives we can be free to live a life that is a witness to others of the goodness of the God we serve. The best thing about God’s gifts is that they are free and we can’t earn them. Let us have comfort in the fact that God is a loving God. Jesus promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Heb. 13.5. God is intimately concerned with our everyday lives. Jesus tells us , “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” and the Psalmist writes, ” How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand, when I awake , I am still with thee.” Psalm 139. 17-18. In conclusion, if we focus more on God’s mercy and blessings, and less upon ourselves, we will find we truly are daily, loaded with blessings. Our life here in this physical body is but for a moment, God’s good gifts are for all eternity. Lets focus more on the things that are not seen, and less on the things we can see, and worry and fear about. 2 Corn. 4: 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.