Know Fear? No Fear!

Susan Michaels, author at LightWriters, offers a word of encouragement to us as we face the adversities of each day, “Deal with Bad News — God’s Way.” She then links this unique (and very short) clip from Ravi Zacharias. Hopefully, you have a couple of moments to bask in its exciting message. If not, at least consider this thought… “Imagine how Lazarus must have responded to persecution and threats of death after knowing that with a simple command, His Lord and friend raised him from his grave.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father! (Romans 8:15 ESV)”‘

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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5 Responses to Know Fear? No Fear!

  1. oh wonderful! what an awesome and powerful message…

  2. ccragamuffin says:

    “…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” That I may know the power of His resurrection…this we easily pray…but Paul does not stop there…he wrote that the fellowship of His sufferings is included in this power. Conformed to His death to gain His resurrections. Having the same death. Having the same suffering. This is the path. Ouch. Thank you for posting this powerful message. A timely reminder during this season of Lent. The journey in the dessert. Blessings to you. It’s good to see your blog pop up in the inbox!

    • mtsweat says:

      You have brought us to the edge of a great wonder that I reckon the many of us have closed our blinds to, good sister. “The fellowship of His sufferings” As a friend and myself work our way through “The Acts of Jesus, the Word, and the Holy Spirit (and the Apostles too),” I am confronted once again by Jesus’ message to Paul, “I will show him how many things he must suffer for My Name’s sake.” “No servant is greater than his Master” In Paul, we find a man who heard these words, digested them, and put them into action. He found the wonder of sharing in Christ’s sufferings. From a prison cell he could joyfully thank God while encouragingly ministering to the body!

      As you have offered, that privilege was not Paul’s alone. It is the very same ‘right response’ to the Gospel of Jesus Christ today. I’m stricken by our good friend’s recent and departing words, “Take the American Dream’s version of Christianity and drop it into the Acts… it finds no common ground.” As His body, may we take up our crosses and walk in Him down this path of journey… even into the dessert. Thank you for your moving response!

      • RJ Dawson says:

        This is good stuff, Mike. Thanks.

        The wonder and joy of a real walk with the Lord stems from the willingness to suffer, but for the right reasons, and toward a desired end. The Lord Himself counted it all joy to go to the cross because He obviously knew what it entailed. Paul understood this, of course, and understood early on that he must not just not shun suffering, but embrace suffering. It simply means that the end result cannot be achieved without meaningful and fruitful spiritual suffering.

        [ See my post, Embracing Suffering: ]

        Here’s another take: Persecution weeds out all pretenders, the shallow, the less than 100% committed, and all those who do anything and everything in an attempt to avoid the very suffering that brings life and fruitfulness. A proper death leads to life. Suffering leads to life. An embrace of suffering leads to an embrace of resurrection power! But avoiding the difficult path to life, pressed in on all sides, hated and misunderstood by the world, leads to the inevitable embrace of eternal death.

        Though the following statement by Admiral David Farragut during the Battle of Mobile Bay in the Civil War has become in some respects a catch phrase, it expresses well what must be the proper attitude of real Christians.

        Though the bay was heavily mined (mines were referred to as torpedoes), and other ships were backing off, Farragut knew the path to victory always entails great risk. He had just seen another ship strike a mine and disappear under the waves, but it did not faze him in the least. His mind was made up. He was going forward.

        Whether we are successful or not, an embrace of suffering is a secret to success. We must have NO FEAR. We know there is a decent possibility of getting slammed for our work and faith but we must press right into the fray anyway. We must attack the gates of hell to get the job done.

        “Damn the torpedoes!” said Farragut, “Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!”

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