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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Eek! (02/25/10)

TITLE: Fear Not
By Edmond Ng
02/27/10


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There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. (1 John 4:18 NAS)
Household pests are such a nuisance and sometimes it irks me just to think about them. I particularly dislike lizards and when asked to catch them, I would feel the chills down my spine. Inside me, I would exclaim, "Eek! Not again!

There are many fearsome and frightening things in life which each of us may view differently. Whether it is the result of our past experiences, the way we have been brought up, or simply natural instinct, such fears often cannot be written off as and when we feel like it. Much like the household pests, these things that cause us fear may never go away. Pests like the lizard although may be grasped with hands, always remain even in the kings' palaces (Proverbs 30:28).

Not all fears however are bad. If we do not fear punishment, then lawlessness will prevail. This is because we are all born in sin and our first choices are seldom to do what is right (Psalm 51:5). If our loved ones or the people we know fail to understand what it means to fear getting burnt, then they will not stop playing with fire. Fears can therefore sometime serve as a guide to direct us to the right path, so that we may not fall prey to the devil's trick into thinking we can hit the mark by our own efforts (Romans 3:23: Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Bible states clearly that fear often involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love, for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). If we have done rightly, we should not fear the ones who can kill our bodies but are unable to kill our souls; rather we should fear God who is able to destroy the soul and body (Matthew 10:28). Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).

We need not fear or anxiously look about us if we are assured of His presence with us. God will strengthen and help us; He will uphold us with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). Whoever therefore confesses Jesus as the Son of God knows the love which God has, and he abides in God and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, and with perfect love, we can stand confident in God without fear (1 John 4:15-18).

We should therefore rejoice rather than fear, because God is present to help. If we bring His presence into every situation we face each day, there is no reason for us to fear because God is with us, who or what then can prevail against us (Romans 8:31-35)? If there be people who contend with us or are angered at us for our faith and belief, they shall be as nothing (Isaiah 41:11). Notwithstanding the things that give us the creeps, therefore, let us acknowledge our place in God. Let us have full confidence in the knowledge of our dominance over every living thing that move upon the earth (Genesis 1:28). Let us who fear, fear no more, but seek God and exercise perfect love through confessing Christ, and abiding in God.

Dear Lord, we acknowledge Your dominance over all things. Help us therefore not to fear created things or the people who is angered against us for believing in You. Grant us Lord the ability to exercise the perfect love that casts out all fears. Guide us in our walk with You Lord, that we may not fall prey into thinking we can make our mark by our own efforts. Strengthen us with Your righteous right hand Lord, and teach us to fear You, that we may gain wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/04/10
You made some valid points. It was well-written and ended nicely in prayer.
Ruth Stromquist03/04/10
I especially like the prayer at the end.
Allen Stark03/05/10
Nice devotional and well-written. Keep up the good work.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/05/10
Nice devotional or Bible Study; but to keep your reader intrigued or interested from beginning to end, I might suggest some anecdotes or some type of "Oomph" to make them want more; but job well done and your point well taken.
Brenda Shipman03/07/10
You have communicated some terrific truth in this devotional. I like how you started out with the lizard example and ended with the prayer. Just a couple of suggestions:

For a short devotional, stick to one scripture verse and one "take away" thought. Eliminate all the other scripture references (most people will not take the time to look them up anyway, even though they are great and fit the topic). I'd also include at least one personal story showing how the verse helped you overcome your fear. Nicely done - keep writing!
Barbara Lynn Culler03/08/10
Interesting devotional

I guess it depends on where you live that lizards are considered house-hold pests(not here is Southern California)

I agree with others about having an anecdote to emphasise the point.

Well written-keep up the good work!
william price03/08/10
Thank God lizards are not on my list of househld pests. At any rate, very nice devotional, well put together, thought out and delvered. And I will fear not, unless I see a lizard in the house:) God bless.
Connie Dixon03/08/10
Lots of good lessons on fear in this devotional. Good reminders for all of us.
Karen Pourbabaee 03/09/10
You've presented a lot of scriptural truth, well organized, but seems
"heavy", more like a full Bible study. Devotions are better with one clear concise theme/idea running through it based on a primary scripture with narrative examples & explanations, perhaps a 2nd verse for emphasis.Enjoyed your thoughts and prayer.
Carol Slider 03/09/10
So true! Meaningful and beautifully written, as are all your devotionals. Thanks so much.
Beth LaBuff 03/10/10
Excellent Biblical message. I especially appreciate your "Not all fears are bad" paragraph. This is extremely well-written!