“Fear Not! Good News!”
Fear is a tactic and strategy of the evil one.
It has been from the beginning in the garden when he asked “indeed, has God said…?”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman,
“Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
We saw yesterday that the angel told Mary to fear not.
Others in the birth narrative were told the same…
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were filled with great fear.
And the angel said to them,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
The shepherds were going about their job. (Who they were/might have been is interesting&hellip
They were watching the flock.
When, suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to them.
When, suddenly, the glory of the Lord shone around them.
Surprise and fear would be the natural response!
The angel told them to fear not.
Because the angel brought good news.
Good news of great joy for all people.
We as true believers are bearers of this Good News.
The Good News literally dwells within us.
Therefore, we are empowered to live the Good News and resist/reject the fear that comes against us.
Reject the fear of the flesh.
Reject the manipulation of evil.
Choose to walk in the boldness of faith!
“Do Not Be Afraid…”
The Body of Christ is being overtly attacked.
Fear and anxiety is consuming many who profess to be Believers.
This is nothing new.
The Lord warned us repeatedly.
Hundreds of times in the Word we are told to “fear not”, “fret not”, "be not anxious”, etc.
Fear is a major strategy of darkness.
Do not succumb to it.
Think for a moment.
Do you think Mary was fearful?
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David;
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But she was very perplexed at this statement,
and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High;
and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered and said to her,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.
“And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age;
and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
And Mary said,
“Behold, the bond-slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”
And the angel departed from her.
The angel told Mary to not be afraid of the moment.
The perplexity of the moment.
The pondering occurring in her mind.
Be not afraid.
She then questioned.
Then, the great declaration…”for nothing will be impossible with God”.
Still, there was a moment of decision for Mary.
She hesitated not.
“…may it be done to me according to your word”.
May all be done according to the Word of the Lord in our lives.
Live by faith!
If you are a true believer…
If you have repented…
If you have confessed…
If you have called upon the name of the Lord for salvation…
Then you are free!!
Hear the Word of Jesus quoting Isaiah about himself…
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
No longer captive to sin!
No longer oppressed!
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him,
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Continue in the Word of the Lord.
The world will lie.
Is the world the source of your information?
Such should not be.
Seek the Lord.
Seek His knowledge, insight, revelation, enlightenment, wisdom…
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,
so that you will know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
Then, set others free!
“Walk At Liberty”
Remember, as a True Believer, you are a vessel of thanks.
You are a vessel of Truth.
You are a vessel of Liberty.
The world is desperate in their darkness.
The world wants to know the Truth.
The world wants liberty and freedom.
Such is found only in the Lord.
2 Co 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Therefore, as Spirit-filled vessels, walk in liberty…
And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
Seek the precepts of the Lord.
Live as those that will be judged by the liberty we have…
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.