There is strength in numbers. When you’re fighting a spiritual ‘end-times’ battle in the spiritual realm which is being played out on earth’s stage – with most of the cast of characters not even realizing that they are under attack in a cosmic drama that is now culminating in a final battle between good and evil, God and the devil, with the minions of satan, the evil one, and all his army of demons on one side, and all the saints and angels in heaven with the true followers of Jesus and true members of God’s church on earth on the other – well, it’s important to realize that: THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. That’s why the effort is to divide us. That’s the evil at work.
In God’s plan, we were created with eternal souls – we are never not going to be aware that we exist. What that existence is going to be is up to us. God wants all to be saved and did everything possible to make that happen, even sending His only begotten Son to be born as our saviour – Yeshua – Jesus – to die for us.
The battle is between:
(1) those standing for loving others and being true, against,
(2) those standing for serving the “self” by lying to, deceiving, manipulating, exploiting or doing deceitful and untruthful things that serve self rather than others, where truth is of no value unless it serves that end.
Bullets aren’t the weapons in this battle.
Weapons are anything that can interfere with and redirect our attention and desire either to God (good side weapons) or away from loving God and others (bad side weapons) to make us suspicious of others, increasingly isolating ourselves in fear.
The goal of God’s army is to build the kingdom of God through the spreading of the gospel, of which we are foot soldiers;
The goal of the devil is to tear apart the bonds of love and understanding between people that bring them together in the Spirit of God and heart of our Lord and Saviour, the Way to the Father, the mighty author of all that is, so as to rob souls of God’s presence and glory and destroy the kingdom of God on earth and the ruination of God’s plan for eternal bliss for as many souls as possible.
FEAR: THE DEVIL’S WEAPON OF CHOICE
Fear makes us suspicious and distrusting of others. It is the “nuclear” weapon in the devil’s arsenal. When it detonates, it spreads like a mushroom cloud across entire populations mushing together a ‘group-think’ not based on truth, reason or even common sense often, but on desperation and desolation and desperate measures to alleviate the fear that nuclear weapon created in the cloud of fear created.
The big nuclear bomb was of course the fraudulent and forever fear-mongering fake pandemic that has kept people in a constant state of both confusion and fear – the gates foundation may or may not end up being given the designation ‘gates of hell,’ but there is no mistaking the ushering in of the final battle with a mushroom cloud of fear largely funded by that foundation.
The way human psychology works, and the degree of media control and political corruption currently that is resulting in the most prominent narrative being one that is false, with the majority of people relying only on those sources of information and strongly believing that false narrative, coupled with the constant high-level ‘fear-factor,’ the only way we can escape the trap of deception is to abandon the idea that we know how to know enough on our own to protect ourselves from deception – we don’t, and we can’t.
We need the meekness and humility of Jesus to abandon ourselves to the loving care of the Father, who loves us immeasurably, and because the Father has bestowed all on the Son, our Lord Jesus, that means abiding in Him, thinking of Him, desiring to be with Him, desiring to be like Him, and then doing what we know Jesus would do with the power of His Spirit He and the Father have given us in abundance.
Our suspicions and distrust of others makes us want to be alone, thinking we will be safe from others who, our suspicions tell us, we can no longer trust.
We were not created to be alone – our identity and life is in relationship with other people, where the focus of our heart (desire) and mind (attention) is other the ‘other’ and not ‘self’. An introverted perversion of the direction of our spirit and life force freely directed by our choice results in:
(1) a focus on SELF to alleviate the negative feelings and fearful and anxious thoughts in one’s own life by protecting ourselves from others who we suspect are, or may be, a threat to us and our personal security and happiness; or
(2) a focus on the OTHER person to alleviate the negative elements in their life through acts of kindness and love.
We are in a spiritual warfare, and the damage being caused to the kingdom of God as a result of the creation of mass fear is tragic. IT is generating a colossal “inversion” in the dominant direction of our collective unconsciousness turning us away from caring for others and making us increasingly concerned for our own well-being, creating isolation, suspicion and distrust, false accusations, the ending of loving relationships, etc., and is absolutely shocking and frightful to see happen in our province of PEI.
Without any reasonable process of thinking, where logical conclusions are reached based on principles and beliefs and a thoughtful, informed process of reflection leading up to decision-making (decisions which often have major ramifications for the person and many others in that person’s life), terrible decisions are being made based solely on fear.
Where the force motivating people to make decisions and take action impacting how they live in society, who they associate with, etc., is based on fear, and the distrust and suspicions that fear births as it generates negative states of emotional “un-wellbeing” which are very unpleasant, and which people naturally seek to get rid of in their daily life experience if at all possible, good decision or bad, we are unfortunately doing that very thing in droves, making decisions that are heavily skewed to the ‘bad decision’ side of the equation.
There appears to be cascading ‘disconnection’ and realignment phenomena happening as the great divide that is sifting those who:
(1) will accommodate themselves through compliance and conformity to a system that will help them remove consideration of facts and truths from their daily thinking process, and provide assistance and supports to foster and make it easier to be able to focus exclusively on increasing one’s own ‘pleasant feelings’ to replace the anxiety, stress and other dreadful and negative feelings and states of awareness of holding to the truth and those,
(2) wanting to know what it is, no matter how much pain it causes, and those who won’t compromise the truth nor their foundational moral and religious beliefs.
The only way we can be liberated from the fear-trap that is currently sweeping the masses to the edge of the pit, is to do what Jesus said we would need to do: “Take up our cross daily,” like our Lord did:
That’s the question to us all now: “Are we willing to lose our life for Jesus’ sake so as to SAVE OUR LIFE FOR ETERNITY?”
To do that today – in the midst of the great deception prophesized in Matthew:
Jesus answered, “See to it that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then they will deliver you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”
So let’s see if we can’t somehow do that – PERSEVERE TO THE END.
The only way that will be possible is to abandon ourselves entirely to love and care of God by trusting in Jesus.
TRUST IN JESUS: GOD’S SOLDIER’S WEAPON OF CHOICE
This will be my last daily reflection. What I felt needed to be said as we approach what is coming next in these last days has been said in these daily writings over the past number of months.
I have also tried to provide tools and tips to help readers engage in more meaningful study and reflection on Scripture throughout those writings with the hope that the practice will carry on with people when my daily reflections ended.
If we don’t know what we need to know at this point we’re somehow blocking ourselves from knowing…somehow, for reasons beyond our pay-grade, the Father has not ‘granted it’ for that person to come to Jesus, has not opened the eyes to truth, or the person, more likely has refused the invitation (because we know God wishes all to be saved). As Jesus says in today’s Gospel:
“Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”
If we haven’t made a choice to give ourselves to God and trust the promises of Jesus, and obey His commandments….if we haven’t made a choice regarding whether we are ‘all in’ for good, all-in for God, given the attack on life and love happening in the world at this time, and that choice is made primarily by either:
(1) embracing fear engaging in daily negotiations with compromising with evil, or,
(2) making a firm decision to stand for God and always testify to the truth (and obey what that truth commands), no matter what, knowing that persecution is on the horizon, and much suffering before even more glory.
Trust in the Father’s love for us is the only way forward, and that trust is made visible in trusting and following the Father’s only begotten son Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, and the only Way to the Father.
To trust Jesus is to abide in perfect love, in his most Sacred Heart which poured out blood and water on the cross when pierced with a sword, as a fountain of mercy on the whole world.
That is the answer. That is the reason we need not fear…the reason we need to believe that deeply and truly let go off fear entirely, giving absolutely NO thought ever again to us having a ‘bad outcome’ – our outcome is going to be GOOD – very good – if we endure, persevere in faithfulness, and wait for the saving power of God to bring forth His triumphant glory.
That triumph will be much sooner than most realize.
When I read the Gospel this morning what hit me was a wave of sadness when I read the words disclosing that Jesus felt compelled to ask his closest friends:
“Do you also want to leave?”
To think of all Jesus did, all that He was willing to sacrifice for us, all that he said just for our benefit, then to see him stand there watching the crowd return home, abandoning His offer of life, unwilling to accept the truth for which He was born into the world to testify to, again, entirely for our benefit, all so we could recognize the truth, repent of our wayward, sinful, lost life leading to death, and be healed and saved, rather than left broken and lost.
Then to hear Him ask, sincerely, His closest and most intimate friends whether they too would reject His gift of eternal life and walk away from Him – a decision that would have been made out of fear and distrust – was sad, mostly because it seems so many are doing exactly that today – giving in to their fears rather than trusting in the goodness of God and the promises of Jesus.
If we could only grasp for one second the boundless torrent of life that God is and wants to pour into us without reserve!
God bless you all, and all the best as we journey forward together in the Spirit, standing firm in God’s love, trusting Jesus, knowing that the perfect love He has for each and every one of us can and will “cast out all fear.”
The victory has already been secured by our dear Lord in his most sorrowful passion and death. We need to trust in that; we need to trust in Him, we need to surrender ourselves completely, take up our cross daily, and have NO fear, but manifest nothing but the peace, joy and glory of God’s presence in our life, as a beacon of light to others and a testimony to the life eternal we have accepted from God in the gift He gave us – His Son Jesus, who is perfect love that casts out all fear – let us abide in Him!
SUGGESTION: Come back to this particular post from time to time in the days ahead and take 10 minutes to do a ‘reflection’ on each quotation in the list of 100 quotations below from Scripture with passages that speak to trusting God and not fearing. Consider this list an ‘armaments factory’ for disabling the enemies ‘fiery darts’ thrown through the day and His cowardly terrors of night.
“May God keep us all safe in the palm of His loving hand and carry us through the darkness and suffering that lies ahead with His inexhaustible compassion and love for us, bringing us safely to the reward for faithful perseverance, eternal peace and joy in the communion of saints in union with God.” Amen.
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FODDER FOR REFLECTION IN THE DAYS AHEAD
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.’
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last,
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
For they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’
Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …
“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Who stirred up one from the east whom victory meets at every step? He gives up nations before him, so that he tramples kings underfoot; he makes them like dust with his sword, like driven stubble with his bow.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
According to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.
Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”
And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”
And shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them,
Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation.
But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have given him and all his people and his land into your hand. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.’
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”
And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.”
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
“But fear not, O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel, for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid.
“Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their revilings.
And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”
And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.”
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
And so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”
And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land.
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!
May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!