|“When you live acting like your daily needs are your responsibility, you offend your Heavenly Father as surely as you would be offended if your child questioned your ability to provide.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Those who are left in Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall pasture and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” Zephaniah 3:13
Fear paralyzes and immobilizes people. This can be either healthy or unhealthy, depending on the object of your fear. For example, people who have no fear of speeding or heights can easily get themselves killed. If a person is paranoid over the thought that the world has conspired to kill him, he has an unhealthy fear.
Zephaniah brings his prophecy to a close by assuring Israel that the day will come when sin and fear cease. Although the correlation between sin and fear is not exact, it is obvious that they are related. Those who live in sin, preying on others, assume that others will do the same to them. “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.428 Those who live holy, innocent lives, with no prior experience of being preyed upon, tend to live without fear, having no occasion to suppose that others will seek to terrify them.
Sinners who do not fear God are doomed to fear people. At least four things contribute to this: First, when you fear God you know that He will protect you, not allowing others to violate you without His permission. Second, because you fear in the direction of your hope, when you hope in God rather than the world, the worldly fear most people experience dissipates. Third, to the degree that you fear God you will renounce sin, finding yourself at peace with others. Fourth, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”429 People who have the wisdom of God stand a better chance of avoiding harm than those who do not.
428 Titus 1:15
Ezekiel 45-46 1 John 2 (New King James Version)
1 John 2
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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