In several of my last articles, I mentioned the Fire of Fear and Wild Fires. Both are tactics of the enemy of our souls, Satan. In the fire of Fear, I mentioned Paul’s advice to be “anxious for nothing” and that the answer to fear is truth.
Why should we be afraid? God has not surrendered to the evil Taliban, as Joe Biden did – He still sits on the Throne in heaven and laughs at the foolishness of men, as Psalm 2 declares. Fire breeds fear but, there are two kinds of fear, fear of man and the fear of God. The fear of man is doing the devil’s work to divide you from God. That is what Covid19 and the world’s reaction to it is doing as a recent article by Newsweek wrote. It wants to strike your heart with crippling fear.
There is an excellent article written on this by a lawyer named Jeff Childers titled What the Church Needs to Know about Covid-19 – And what to do about it. It is long but very informative.
But, there is another kind of fear and another kind of fire. It is the fear of a righteous God who does not wink at sin but will hold every one of us to account for it. And there is a fire that God uses to purge wickedness and test His servants to purify them. Will God allow this fire to come upon the righteous you may ask? In answer I would remind you of Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego. When they refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image, they were thrown into the fire and it was heated 7 times stronger and God allowed them to go into the fire. But, He went with them! They had a greater fear of the Lord than they did of death, or Nebuchadnezzar. But, to those who are infected with the fear of man, God allows His fire to burn them up like chaff. As Psalm 50 says –
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. – Ps. 50:3
The prophets speak of a day in which the Lord comes with fire for His enemies –
“For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.” – Mal. 4:1
This is a message to all who do not surrender to the Lord, who do not take His words seriously, who sit in Congress making laws without regard to His laws, and to all the Pastors who are more afraid of man than they are of God!
To those who name the Name of Jesus Christ as their lord and Savior, hear the word of the Lord –
“Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” – Ps. 50:14, 15
To all others, hear this word before it is too late for you –
But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And set them in order before your eyes. Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver: Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” – Ps. 50:16-23
We are soon entering the days of harvest, when the wheat will be gathered and the chaff will be burned up with unquenchable fire. I ask you to turn to the Lord – He will forgive and restore you. Search for the truth and forsake it not for it will save you. And don’t bow to the fear of man, even though it may cost you.