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Isa 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you;

This Scripture has always spoken so very loudly to me, maybe because I’ve found I regularly need to calm fears of my own, but also I see it as the root cause of so many problems people have. In 1984 I wrote a song called ‘Fear Not’, based on this Scripture, which enjoyed some popularity for a while.

Fear shuts down our gifts, talents, and potential in life. Fear pushes itself into our emotions. Unlike God, fear does not wait for the invitation to enter our lives. Fear simply forces itself on us.

To be free from phobias we have to take charge deciding we will not be afraid, to literally, ‘fear not’.

The power of a fearless life rises from our relationship with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the spirit of fear has no place to live. Secondly, if the Word of God lives in us, in our thoughts and hearts, then the words we speak become reality in our lives. The Word of God must reign in us if we are to reign in life.

Why does it need to be stated that God has not given us a spirit of fear? Because the devil works hard to make it feel as though that fear is from God. If we believe that the anxieties we feel are God trying to communicate with us, we open ourselves to that emotion. If Christians can be deceived into believing their fears are from God, then they will be rendered powerless. Know this, any fears you have are not from God. Any voice that accuses you, intimidates you, makes you feel guilty, worried or unsettles you is not from God. It’s the devil. Take your stand, resist the devil and gain the victory over those voices.

Stress, pressure, anxiety, depression, rage, terror and fear are just a few of the words we hear all the time in society today. In the middle of all this we try desperately to seek a restful, peaceful calm for our own souls, for our families and our world. God himself is the peace we seek. There is no other source for genuine peace. It cannot be counterfeited. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, brings this peace to anyone connected to Him. This book is about how we all can have internal peace of the heart, mind and spirit.

You can order the new book Peace by Phil Pringle on my website here.

 

 

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Jesus As Lord

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Jesus is the Lord of this world; his power and grace is boundless. However, all this is pointless to us as individuals if He is just ‘Lord’, and not ‘my Lord’.

We once heard of Jesus the Saviour, and received Him personally, so He became, not just ‘the Saviour’, but ‘my Saviour’. God calls all of us to take the next step and not stay at the beginning of our salvation, continually getting saved from living a life where Jesus is not our Lord. We need to surrender to Him, so He is not only our personal Saviour but also our personal Lord. Knowing Jesus as Saviour is all about what He does for us, but knowing Him as Lord, is all about what we can do for Him. As Saviour, Jesus dies for us. As Lord, we die for Him.

We make Jesus our Lord, not just by praying a prayer or standing on an altar call for surrender. This may be the starting point, but unless He governs how we live our lives, He is not our Lord. This is where He needs to be established as the Lord of the basics in our life, otherwise He will not be Lord of the specifics relevant to our destiny.

There is a lot of teaching about the plan and destiny God has for each of us. All of it is true. God does have an amazing plan for each and every person on Earth, but there is a price tag. The price is obedience. None of us find obedience easy. There’s something within us refusing to bow down to someone else telling us what to do. We clothe our rebellion in a million slippery ways, trying to slide around being obedient to anyone. We ask God to bless us, but sometimes we dare not ask Him whether or not we should proceed with something because we fear He will say ‘no’. We reveal how little we trust Him. Surely if the He says ‘no’, it’s because it’s in our best interest. He loves us, but we’re not sure if we want His kind of love, so we hesitate to ask, ‘Should I marry her?’ ‘Should I marry him?’ ‘Should I move to this other city to take the better paid job?’ Often we simply go right ahead without stopping to ask, and when we’re in a mess afterwards, we ask God to be our Saviour one more time, when if He had been our Lord in the first place we could have avoided the need for saving, and instead of wasting years up a dead end street, we could have been fulfilling an amazing plan, being blessed and being a blessing to others in so many ways.

We need to constantly make sure that we do more than just acknowledge him as Lord of all; we need to institute him as Lord of our life and humble ourselves and live submitted to his divine plan for us.

Thanks for reading this week! If you want to know more about this, or would like to pray with someone about this, why not join us at church this Sunday? We’d love to meet you!