The Lord has shared something with me that I must share with you before the end of this year. He highlighted 3 fears we cannot take with us into 2022. Let’s look at the first today.
We live in a changing reality that I believe is revealing what was always present within us.
This changing reality includes attacks against Christ like living, the rise of COVID, and the intrusion of government coercion.
These are not “fake” news but real issues.
The rise of these issues is causing an increase of fear in people.
The second epistle to Timothy gives us the overall truth regarding fear:
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7 AMPLIFIED VERSION
The fear of death is one of the most common fears. 2021 statistics reveal this about people and COVID:
48% of Americans are afraid of dying with coronavirus.
62% of Americans are afraid a relative is going to die with coronavirus.
36% of Americans say the pandemic has significantly impacted their psychological health.
59% of Americans report the pandemic has had a significant impact on their daily routine.
Today, let’s talk about the fear of death.
What are we to do with a fear of death? Many believe they have no choice but to deal with their fear of death related to COVID as they are being told to by leaders or doctors.
We always have a choice.
If we give away our choice, we give away our freedom. If we give away our choice, we give away our calling.
Jesus said this to us:
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell. MATTHEW 10:28
If we are not to fear those who can kill the body – should we fear that which can?
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. HEBREWS 2:14-15
We are not to be held in slavery by a fear of death. Jesus overcame the one who holds the power of death to free us so we could live fearlessly for God.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. LUKE 14:26
Hate his own life – what does that mean? Maybe the apostle Paul can answer that for us:
And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. ACTS 20:22-24
That I might finish my course and the ministry that the Lord has given to me.
I hear someone thinking: But, believers have died from COVID since this all began. Couldn’t those deaths have been prevented with more precautions?
We are acting as if our goal is to live here forever. Over these many years since Jesus ascended, believers have died from many things. Were those deaths occasions to cease the ministry of the Lord?
If the people of God stop their ministry out of a fear of anything, the world is left without recourse.
Let’s finish with words from Jesus:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” JOHN 11:25