God Removes Our Fears

There are things to fear, and many people become master of scaring people into moving them in their agenda. If you do not buy my product this terrible thing will happen; if you do not follow my way, you will receive injury; if you do that you will die, or if you do not you will die. Fear mongering is a big way of the world. One word fights fear.

The serpent said to Eve if she would eat of the fruit of the tree, she would not die. In other words continuing along God’s Way was harming her, and His threats were there to frighten her. But the serpent would save her from fear. All who promise to take away the things people want and keep them in fear, scare people into defying God.

The heart controls how much people can be made to fear. Some hearts will not be afraid, but very few. In each heart lurks the source of its fear, however hidden.

Prov. 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence,
            For from it flows the springs of life.);

In its abstract meanings, “heart” became the richest biblical term for the totality of man’s inner or immaterial nature. In biblical literature it is the most frequently used term for man’s immaterial personality functions as well as the most inclusive term for them since, in the Bible, virtually every immaterial function of man is attributed to the “heart.

By far the majority of the usages of lev refer either to the inner or immaterial nature in general or to one of the three traditional personality functions of man; emotion, thought, or willpower.

To Expand on the Meanings

Emotion is defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others and instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge. The range of emotions goes from affection, anger, to courage, embarrassment and horror.

Thought is defined as an idea or opinion produced by thinking or occurring suddenly in the mind, one's mind or attention, an act of considering or remembering someone or something, an intention, hope, or idea of doing or receiving something, the action or process of thinking, the formation of opinions, esp. as a philosophy or system of ideas, or the opinions so formed, careful consideration or attention, concern for another's well-being or convenience.
           
In referring to the inner nature, lev, l may contrast some relatively obscure or less visible aspect of man’s nature with the more public side of his being. It may be regarded as an inner reflection of the outer man (Prov 27:19; RSV “mind”).

Prov. 27:19 As in water face reflects face,
            So the heart of man reflects man.

The heart, i.e. (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind). The central or innermost part of something: right in the heart of the city. The vital part or essence: the heart of the matter. One’s mood or feeling: they had a change of heart. Courage or enthusiasm: they may lose heart as the work mounts up, she took heart from the encouragement handed out, I put my heart and soul into it and then got fired.

Dream consciousness may be meant when the heroine’s “heart” was awake though her body slept in the Song of Songs (5:2). Statements such as “Why does your heart carry you away?” (Job 15:12) contrast the heart with the remainder of the person. However, in other contexts, “heart” expresses the totality of a man’s nature and character, both inner and outer (1 Kgs 8:23; Ps 9:1 [H 2]).

Parents or substitutes (teachers) teach the baby, and as he grows up, their language. When one thinks, he (she) thinks in language, as we know.

Language exists in the human brain or mind; therefore, thinking precedes communication. We use or have several languages apart from the basic language spoken:

Ideolect, In linguistics, an idiolect is a variety of language that is unique to a person, as manifested by the patterns of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation that they use. Conceptually, the language production of each person, the idiolect, is unique.

Family language, both the historic meaning of words and nature of language among certain groups of people, family, friends, groups like a team in sports or particular workers in an area–police, fire, bank, computerize, etc.

Neighborhood, language related to people living in a neighborhood, Fordham area in the Bronx or the borough itself. People there understand a language foreign to others, but might be translatable.

What seems to happen each generation, more so with the Internet and face time, people add words to their language with new concepts. The new generation, changing almost yearly, becomes a language family unto themselves irrespective of geography. The new generation has words that cross into various languages across the world. Just as people can grasp these new languages, so can people grasp the new language that express God’s parlance, His view of the World and all its aspects including the words and deeds comprising His character.

While a person’s “heart” seems to have a physical state in the intellect, the heart goes far beyond it.

A further analysis of language comprises the dialectal of a person’s area beyond the neighborhood to the counties and the city and/or state. Continuing to fill a person’s language is that of his country and others who speak, say, English, including Canada, England and Australia. Language is a complex subject because it is.

A person can choose to speak in specific environments, to him or herself in the idiolect or their family language. Beyond this a person may choose to speak in a formal language at a particular gathering or among the “upper” class folks. Mostly a person speaks in an informal language, which most understand and is not pretentious. Finally, according to the situation a person may speak in a slang language.

The higher the language a person speaks, the more that language controls the lower forms. The highest language a person can speak is God’s language found in the Bible. When a person learns that language and uses it, all lower languages become subservient to it. Furthermore, the more a person exercises His language, the more His language fills a person’s life and heart.

Deut. 28:47 ¶ “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;

Deut. 8:2 “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

What is intrinsic in the heart motivates the words and actions a person uses and does.

Deut. 9:4 ¶ “Do not say in your heart when the LORD your God has driven them out before 1you, ‘Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,’ but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is dispossessing them before you.

Moral aspects of the heart include pride and convenient forgetfulness for most people. However, a powerful aspect of the heart, which God encourages, seeking Him with a person’s entire being.

Deut. 4:29 But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

1Sam. 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Some realize that they can reject pride and wickedness because they see and understand God can be trusted. They put aside all else and pursue His Word and Way.

Psa. 33:21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
            Because we trust in His holy name.

For most who walk in a few of the ways of God, leaving out a Commandment or two, their speaking reveals their true heart.

Matt 15:18 “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19 “ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

Only with the Spirit at work within, can the heart produce the things of God.

Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal. 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

While works cannot save a person, as James says there are things a person is inspired by and impelled to do because he (she) has the Sprit at work within.

Deut. 4:9 ¶ “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life.

God would not write the Ten on stone if they were only for Israel and not for all. “These are the feast days of the Lord…” Later, the Ten are written on the hearts of God’s own.

Deut. 4:13 “So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

When we are filled with the fullness of God, that faith becomes who we are and what we can and should do.

Eph. 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Eph. 3:20 ¶ Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

The Word that overcomes the fear permeating the atmosphere around all is…

Courage

553. amets [54d]; a prim. root; to be stout, strong, bold, alert:

553. amats, aw-mats´; a primitive root; to be alert, physically (on foot) or mentally (in courage):

GK H599 | S H553   41x
v. [root of: 576, 579, 600, 601, 602, 4410 [also used with compound proper names]]. Q to be strong, courageous; P to strengthen, support, establish; harden; Ht to persist, determine.

Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.

Deut. 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Josh. 1:7 “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

Mark 4:40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Psa. 46:1 ¶ God is our refuge and strength,
            1A very present help in trouble.
Psa. 46:2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
            And though the mountains slip into the heart of the 1sea;
Psa. 46:3 Though its waters roar and foam,
            Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.     1Selah.

Psa. 85:8 ¶ 1 will hear what God the LORD will say;
            For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;
            But let them not burn back to folly.
Psa. 85:9 Surely His salvation is near to those who 1fear Him,
            That glory may dwell in our land.
Psa. 85:10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
            Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psa. 85:11 Truth springs from the earth,
            And righteousness looks down from heaven.
Psa. 85:12 Indeed, the LORD will give what is good,

The word, of course, that fights fear is courage.

Take Courage

Let us examine how God builds our courage in overcoming the world, the awesome enemy.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me…

[In me. In my presence, and in the aid, which I shall render you by the Holy Spirit.]

…you may have peace.

[harmony, concord; where harmony prevails, in a peaceful mind; way leading to peace, a course of life promoting harmony; security, safety, prosperity, felicity]

In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

Def. world: ornament, decoration, adornment, the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts,’ as the ornament of the heavens.

The ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.

Worldly affairs; the aggregate of things earthly; the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, etc., which, although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ:

[I have overcome the world. He overcame the prince of this world by his death destroying the consequences of sin, John 12:31. He vanquished the great foe of man, and triumphed over all that would work our ruin. He brought down aid and strength from above by his death; and by procuring for us the friendship of God and the influence of the Spirit; by his own instructions and example; by revealing to us the glories of heaven, and opening our eyes to see the excellence of heavenly things, he has furnished us with the means of overcoming all our enemies, and of triumphing in all our temptations. Faith and trust.]

Gal. 6:14  ¶ As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.

Phil. 3:7  ¶ I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
Phil. 3:8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
Phil. 3:9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

Thus, we no longer need fear the world for it has no control over us, no power over us. We are free from fear and need only to act on the courage God gives us.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs,

Pastor, Sabbath Christian Church

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