(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.)
“Do not fear threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:14-15
Whatever you do, don’t let fear rule your heart. To be sure, there’s much to choose from these days when it comes to fear. COVID, Ukraine, global warming, inflation, soaring gas prices, another possible war with Roman numerals, Putin’s itchy finger on the nuclear button — there are plenty of things to fear right now. So what do you do?
Well, let’s start with, what is the opposite of fear? That’s easy; it’s Jesus. Peter said that instead of fear gripping our hearts, let Jesus rule in your heart. “In your heart, revere Christ as Lord.” That means worship Him as Lord. And what is He the Lord of? Everything and everyone. Nothing is beyond His control including Putin. Putin can’t do anything without checking in with Jesus. He doesn’t know that, but it’s true. And Satan is in the same situation, only he knows it. He has to check in too. It must be humiliating for the dirty rat. But there’s no sympathy for the devil.
So here’s the deal: Jesus and fear do not coexist in the same place. Either you are afraid, or you are worshiping Jesus. And it doesn’t matter how long the list of potential and/or real fears you might have, you can’t worship Christ as Lord and be afraid at the same time.
And if it seems like this is a short Catch, that’s just because there’s not a whole lot to say beyond what has been said. It’s pretty cut and dried. It’s either one or the other.
And there’s one thing that brings us together
And there’s one thing that’ll tear us apart
And you get to choose the one or the other
And invite the Winner into your heart
from “The Winner” by Noel Paul Stookey
(Be sure and check out our interview with Noel last night on BlogTalkRadio.)
I can imagine this on Jeopardy. “It’s the opposite of fear” *someone buzzes in* “What is Jesus?”
So true about how much has been said. Anytime anyone has Jesus in his or her heart you cannot go wrong. He is so much stronger than evil and now more than ever its time we all realized this once and for all and also continue praying. I was praying this morning while Zelensky was speaking on television to Congress. Take care, and God Bless.
Good Catch, Pastor John!
Reminds me of something I once learned in Amway about facing my FEARS (B/C I SURELY didn’t want to do it. I wanted the results it could give me. Just like I really DIDN’T want to wake up so early in the Morning when I was as engineer, but the pay wasn’t bad….
Than had a very nice fellow believer that I highly respected in the Biz, Brad Doyle may he RIP, tell me too didn’t want to do it! Yet was glad he did b/c I knew for a fact he was making a good size 6 figure income and DIDN’T NEED A JOB – Amway just sent him & his wife monthly checks. They called Mailbox money, which could go on the his Children’s Children. As in Prov. 13:22 says to do…
Anyways sorry the saying I once learned: FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real & great idea to add Jesus to it too.
PS Great Blog Talk too!
I love this!!! I learned a long time ago that when God says fear not, it’s about everything and everyone who tries to come against you! My family and I haven’t been fearful about COVID even though we all had it but just trusted God to take care of us and He has. I hear people talking about the conflict in Ukraine and can hear the fear in their voice. God already knew about it and as far as I’m concerned, He’s still in control. No matter what, just give it all to Him!!!