A. We could choose to focus on the struggle of life in this world (John 16:33).
- We could think about “much tribulation” [affliction; anguish; burden; persecution; trouble (Strong’s # 2347] (Acts 14:22).
- We could focus on the struggles we share (II Timothy 3:12 and I Peter 5:8-9).
- All of that just leads to fear, anxiety, etc. (II Corinthians 7:4-6).
- We’d think beyond the flesh and blood to find peace (Romans 8:6).
- We’d not be so easily moved (I Corinthians 16:13).
II. Body: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”… Notice: Revelation 2:10-11, Revelation 2:24-26, Revelation 3:4-5, and Revelation 21:6-7.
A. Don’t be like Israel of old and get stuck in fear (Deuteronomy 1:19-33).
- Proper fear has its place (Psalms 111:10 and Hebrews 12:28-29).
- Carnal fear however does not have a place as we see Jesus teaching those working with Him (Luke 12:22-34).
- The “fearful” are not over-comers (Revelation 21:8).
- Let the love of God work against carnal fear (I John 4:10-18).
- Consider Paul’s mindset while imprisoned (II Timothy 1:8-13; cf. John 10:27-30 and I Peter 4:16-19).
- While Abraham had his moments, he became fully persuaded and it was imputed [reckoned] to him for righteousness (Romans 4:13-22).
- Faith moves us forward (Hebrews 11:7) and acts as a shield (Ephesians 6:16).
- That enabled faith brings about those good works that will be rewarded (Titus 3:8 and Matthew 16:24-27).
- Rest comes to those whom have labored (Hebrews 4:9-11).
- Therefore, if Jesus were to come today, let Him find you so doing (Matthew 24:44-51).
III. Conclusion: I John 5:1-5 and Revelation 3:21
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