Ice Cube’s song said, “if you’re scared, go to church.” Beyoncé’s song said, “if you’re scared, call that reverend.”
Unfortunately, these days the church is full of fear! It should be a safe haven for those who are afraid, suffering, hurting, sick, depressed, sad, etc. And the church, believe it or not, should be fearless, like ancient Zulu warriors!
Matthew 10:28 – Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Yes, church, you should NEVER be afraid of man!! All men are created equally, and you are just as much of a danger to any man as any man is to you. And even if another person succeeds in killing your body, “we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)
So yes, it is quite unfortunate that so many reverends, so many priests, so many in the church are so fearful. People of God, you have DEMONS that you have to battle, why in the world are you afraid of fragile humans and their dumb opinions??
Rise up, people of God!!! Stop living in fear: fear of rejection, anger from others, disappointment of others, verbal and physical attacks, and more… You have God (YHWH) on your side and within you!!! Stop being afraid because “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
They make fun of the church now being a place for the fearful, as in the church being full of fear. It should be a place for the fearful to find refuge and protection by the FEARLESS body of Christ! So, if people are afraid, let them come to the church. But let the church be bold and fearless enough to welcome them in. No more fear church! No more fear!!!
As we celebrate the month of March, known in the Western society for St. Patrick’s Day, I want to take a moment to bless you with the words that luck has nothing to do with it! Yes, we live in a time and place where things like “get rich quick” schemes, microwave mentalities, and instant gratification plague the masses. We can so easily get caught up in wishing for luck to overcome our deficits as we become engulfed in our surroundings. But God has provided us a better way… one that is assured and where luck has nothing to do with it.
Faith!!! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). God’s way is not a way of luck or chance, but a way of assurance as a result of obedience. When the soldier was healed by Jesus simply saying a Word, the request was granted because of the understanding of how obedience grants use of authority. (Matt. 8-9). And God established by His own example in the beginning, that the authority of the Word produces manifestation. The key, though, is not simply saying things, but saying things using the authority that you have been granted through obedience to the supreme authority.
This example was also established by Jesus/Yeshua. Before He began His public ministry, He fasted for forty days and nights (bringing his vessel into obedience), was baptized (publicly recognized under God’s authority), and then proceeded forth with power. The difference between Him and so many of us, however, is that He only spoke faith. We, on the other hand, almost always speak doubt shortly after declaring faith. Once Jesus stated His faith, such as with cursing the fig tree that produced no fruit (Mark 11:21), He did not continue with “vain repetitions” as in doubt, but stated it and left it, BELIEVING it would be done, and it occurred. He also did not go around speaking negativity into existence, as most of us never speak enough positive into our lives to outweigh the negative we have manifested.
God has absolutely NO PROBLEM with blessing us beyond our wildest dreams, and actually delights in our success and wealth, for the Bible states that it is He who “gives us the power to get wealth.” (Deut 8:18). The problem is when we don’t first acknowledge or submit to Him, and then don’t trust that it shall be done once we do. But if we shall only learn to be obedient and then control our words/declarations, then believe, we shall become open to receive solutions to any of our obstacles and the answers to all of our needs. On that note, remember to SPEAK, BELIEVE, and RECEIVE!