Monday, December 22, 2014

Pastor's Ponderings, December 22, 2014

The movie, “Ghostbusters” just celebrated its 30th anniversary. One of the hilarious lyrics from the title song was, “we ain’t afraid of no ghosts.”  Although that sentiment is amusing, many of us are afraid of a variety of things or people.  Recently a movie studio cancelled the premier of a multi-million dollar movie because of threats from an Internet hacker.  My quick perusal of the Internet produced almost two hundred fears from Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning to Zoophobia – fear of animals.  We live in a world of fear.

We hear of killings, torturing, kidnappings, theft and a litany of man’s inhumanity to man.  It is not uncommon to fear for the safety of your children or loved ones. Often we are afraid that we cannot trust anyone or anything for fear they may harm us.

But the Bible clearly tells us not to fear because our God is greater than anything that we could fear (1 John 4:4).  If He is for us, He is more than the whole world against us (Romans 8:31).  He tells that although we may go through a place of challenges, He is with us and He will never leave us Psalm 23:4).

As we go through the holiday season, we must remember that we do not get fear from God but love and a disciplined mind; we need only fear or respect Him (2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 103:17).  Therefore, let us fearlessly go about our daily tasks because He is with us. We can boldly state, “we ain’t afraid of no ghosts” or anything else because we are God’s children and He will always protect us (Psalm 118:6).

1 John 4:4
New International Version (NIV)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Romans 8:31
New International Version (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Psalm 23:4
New International Version (NIV)
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

2 Timothy 1:7
English Standard Version (ESV)
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Psalm 103:17
New International Version (NIV)
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children—

Psalm 118:6
New International Version (NIV)
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

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