You have to love those two words. “Fear Not”, is used, according to a simple Biblegateway search of the KiNg James, some 63 times. I wanted to point this out, because many “Christians” today say that Jesus mentioned the word “Hell” more than anything else in the scriptures, yet the word “hell” (which by the way literally translates into (Grave, Death, Hidden place, Valley, Lamentation, Pit) yet even this word appears far less than the words “Fear Not” in scripture. But what is more interesting is this false belief that Jesus spoke about “Hell” more than anything else. Search the scriptures and you will see the amount of times Jesus mentions, speaks about, or teaches about the word “Love” dwarfs the amount of times “hell” is mentioned in the entire canon of scripture.
Now this article isn’t meant to disprove the nonsense teaching today of infinite torture, read my article “To hell with Hell”, or the “Lake of Fire Revealed” for that. I am simply using that as a jumpstart to this essay. You, like many others, have probably never taken the time to see if Jesus really spoke about “hell” more than anything else as so many “Christians” claim. That is our problem as a body of believers really, and in society as a whole… we simply take people’s word for things instead of going and seeking the Truth for ourselves.
1 Corinthians 11:18-20
18…I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
This is why we see so much division today, in the world, in religion, in our own hearts. We have been fed a steady diet of lies and fear that people truly don’t know what to believe, until it is “made manifest to them”, until these lies are revealed.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of living a life of fear, worry, debate, and self loathing. I want to come out from under the hand of sorrow, get out of this valley of the shadow of death, and walk into that peace that passes understanding. The question is, how does one get there? How do we become HAPPY?
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding
1 Kings 10:8
Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
So to be happy we MUST, listen to the truth, hear wisdom, allow God to correct us, and do as Jesus did. Simple right? AHHHHHH NOPE!
This is why our lives are so hard, because we are learning that OUR WAY is not the RIGHT WAY. In scripture we are warned of the “Strange Woman”, an allegorical character that represents our carnal ego. She is also known as the whore of Babylon, the adulterous woman, etc… she a representation of any thought process that leads you away from the Truth of God (path of life) into the ignorance of our carnal mind (hell). In this next proverb, pay attention to how we find out way out.
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
Our minds are flooded with thoughts that drag us into the pits of ignorance, pain, hate, and suffering. And it is easy when someone does us wrong to follow that thought process (strange woman’s lips) and end up in an emotional hell where you simply would rather end it all than live another day. BUT NOTICE HOW WE KEEP OURSELVES FROM THIS?
We keep the TRUTH, in our hearts and minds. We continue to ponder (think about) the path of Life (the truth of God). And most importantly we TRUST GOD, leaning not on our ignorance, but on the TRUTHS set before us… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (that is the TRUTH, we must keep).
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding
I know how hard this is. But IF we want to be happy and have peace in this world, we MUST TRUST THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO GOD’S PLAN! When we are hurt, WE MUST NOT HURT BACK, we must find forgiveness immediately! When we begin to feel overwhelmed, and begin to hate our situations, we must understand that the moment is TEMPORARY and until we can simply TRUST THE PLAN and see each day, and each perceived problem in our lives as a necessary tool to get us to that place where we Trust God, Hold Unto Truth and Wisdom, and do as Jesus did. If we don’t TRUST GOD (who works all things together for HIS WILL, and HIS WILL is that all be saved from the pain in their lives (look it up)), if we don’t TRUST that all is well in the world and in our lives, we will never be free from the pain of FEAR.
This is why the words “Fear Not” as used so often. We are told to take no thought for our lives, basically we are told, stop worrying about your bills, your health, your children, your relationships, the weather, the government, the future… the list of fears go on and on. And if Religion were to have her way, you would also be tricked into fearing things that don’t even literally exist (infinite torture, a rapture, the end of the world, demons, and the scary character named the DEVIL (who is nothing more than YOUR CARNAL EGO).
You see, I understand how hard it is for us to have peace, when we are daily bombarded with everything that is wrong in our lives and in the world. Most people have such a problem with life that they want to find some sense of peace and what do they do, they do what I did, they go to Church and like me they then get more fears added unto them. They are told YOU ARE NO GOOD, you are a sinner doomed for hell, (not because of anything you did of course, it was Adam’s fault) LOL, then you are told that you have to do all these things to escape this future torture, WHICH YOU KNEW NOTHING ABOUT UNTIL YOU WERE LOOKING FOR THE GOOD NEWS AND PEACE! Life is HELL in this world as it for most of us, then to go looking for peace and to only find… WHAT? MORE BAD NEWS! Are you kidding me? How could anyone find peace in that? Then to be fed a constant diet of how people who don’t do what your particular church does, or believe what they believe, is damned. So of course, people don’t find peace and happiness in that. They become bitter and fill themselves with religious (I know better than you) pride, and then those people become more screwed up then they were before they darkened those church doors.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.
But becoming a member of a certain Church isn’t going to save you! Doing what religious men and women tell you, isn’t going to save you, all that does is keep you in a constant state of FEAR, where you worry you may lose your salvation if you don’t do this or pay that. The problem is, they are missing the point completely, THEY NEED TO BE SAVED FROM THE PAIN OF THEIR OWN LIVES AND THEIR IGNORANCE!
This is what we need salvation from, not the future which doesn’t exist for us, or our past which no longer exists for us. Yet isn’t it our future and past that CONSUMES US?
Another one of Jesus’ favorite expressions is “Take not thought” – take no thought about what you will wear, eat, drink, what you should say or not say, TAKE NO THOUGHT…
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
The RELIGIOUS want to keep you scared to death, and keep your eyes on the FUTURE FATE OF THE WORLD! They are constantly bragging about visions, and other nonsense about these so-called END OF DAYS!
AS IF PEOPLE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT IN THEIR OWN LIVES? These religious leaders just add piles and piles on bias, fear, condemnation, regret, shame, and more unto all the dumb sheep that haven’t yet learned, IT IS TIME TO SEEK GOD WITHIN FOR YOURSELF!
If God wanted us to constantly worry about our future fate, or feel bad about our past, he would have told us… YET the man Jesus spoke God’s truth in saying…
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Take no thought! DON’T WORRY! FEAR NOT! It will ALL WORK OUT! One day because of all you are going through, when you TRUST GOD, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE OF LOVE, and PUT OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF, then you will HAPPY! And ALL THINGS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO GET YOU THERE!
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth
We have to STOP being so hard on ourselves people. We are not bad, we are not ugly, we are not despised or rejected, GOD HAS NOT LEFT US OR FORSAKEN US, God is correcting us, trying to wake us out of the slumber of fear, worry, and shame, that everyone from our parents, to our teachers, religious leaders, and even our neighbors have banged into our heads. If there was ever a nightmare called HELL it truly is the DEATH OF IGNORANCE!
And remember, the punishment for falling out of sync with God was never infinite torture it was DEATH!
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
And what is DEATH?
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace
Death is what we are ALL walking around in right now, if we suffer. I am not above it. There are days I don’t feel like I can go on, days I cry, days I wish I never came into this world, but in those days, ALWAYS in the back of my mind I KNOW THE TRUTH! I know that those thoughts of FEAR are not real, I know FEAR is not of God, so everything I have fear, shame, guilt or regret about something, I stop and remind myself, GOD IS IN CONTROL, and I start again. Because I know that the MOMENT is all that matters, not the past, not the future.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind
Here again we see what GOD GIVES US is LOVE, PEACE, LIFE, A SOUND MIND! So guess what, everything else AINT REAL! And we need to take our fearful thoughts captive, and cast those imaginations down. We need to say, THIS IS NOT THE TRUTH OF MY LIFE, I HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, I AM A GOOD PERSON, I AM GODS CHILD IN WHOM GOD IS WELL PLEASED!
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Any THOUGHT that becomes more important to you in the moment, besides thoughts of LIFE, LOVE, PEACE, than those “branches” of thought that are not rooted in “Christ”, LIFE, WISDOM, POWER, LOVE AND PEACE, as jesus said, must be cast into the fire (destroyed, wiped away from our thinking). Because these are not TREES GOD PLANTS!
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Many use this passage to back up the deceptive teacher of infinite torture, but really look at what the scripture is saying. Christ (the way, light, truth, love, power and wisdom of God) is the vine, we are EXTENSIONS of that VINE. MEANING WE ARE ALL ONE! Our root source, our life spring, where we come from is LIFE, LOVE, LIGHT, POWER, WISDOM, THE WAY! Now if we don’t abide (understand who we are at our center (Christ)) then we bring fruit and our lives are filled with purpose, and peace. But if we don’t abide (live) in the LIFE and we detach ourselves from the unity and trust that is only found in understanding who you really are at your core (Christ), then your life will becom a curse to you. Spiritually you will decay, and the thoughts that are causing you pain will eventually land you in trials like that of being cast into the fire. These trials, and hard times are meant to BURN AWAY the thoughts that have you thinking you are something you are not. But more importantly, this fire (which is the testing of your faith) is going to burn away all of your FEAR, because FEAR is truly the root of all suffering.
I know there will be many religious teachers that say FEAR IS IMPORTANT, it is the BEGINNING of wisdom, we should be scared of God, for he is a God to be feared! First let me point out what a Good Father is, a good father is a loving Father, a fair and just Father, a Father you trust and want to please not because you are scared of Him, but because HE LOVED YOU FIRST, SO YOU LOVE HIM!
And secondly, as I said, many people use FEAR to motivate people into believing particular religious beliefs. “fear if the Lord is the BEGINNING of WISDOM!” – NOTICE that scripture does not say, FEAR OF GOD IS THE END OF WISDOM, it is quiet the opposite, it is the BEGINNING!
In fact, when we begin anything in LIFE, fear is found at the beginning of that experience. Whether it is riding a bike for the first time, going on the school bus for the first time, starting a new job, ANYTHING THAT IS NEW begins with a sense of FEAR…. but that is not the middle of the experience, and definitely not the end of the experience…. No it is not the END where we find FEAR, IT IS THE BEGINNING. Because at the beginning of our coming to understand the truth about God and ourselves we fear, but when we become wise we learn there was nothing to fear, EVER!
The Beginning of Wisdom may be fear, BUT LOOK WHAT THE END IS!
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof
Fear is the Beginning of our journey here, but the END IS LIFE, LOVE, POWER AND PEACE! And that is so much better than the beginning indeed!
I know things are hard for many of us right now. But I want you to trust that you are going to come out of this valley with Goodness and Mercy, for it is following you!
6 The LORD will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God
We will return to His Rest, we will find joy and peace, God is calling us back, God is using all of our pain and hurt as a shepherd uses his staff to guide the Sheep to the Sheep gate. Like Paul, we must learn that it hurts to fight against the situations in our lives, we must simply accept them and keep our mind on the TRUTH, LOVE!
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks
ONE DAY WE WILL WAKE UP AND REALIZE – it is YOU AND ME that we are PERSECUTING! Daily we ignorantly persecute our true nature (Christ), and in so doing we suffer, but one day we will see the vanity of such actions and we will stop fighting to hold unto our egotistical lives, and we will lose that, to save the TRUE LIFE of CHRIST WITHIN US!
So for a moment, things will be hard, but HAPPY will you be when you TRUST THE PLAN, LET GOD OF YOUR CONTROL, LOVE OTHERS, SERVE OTHERS, and most importantly HAPPY are those that don’t condemn themselves and do good! So LIVE your life, don’t let fear, shame, regret, or worry rob you of the TRUTH, that you are God’s Child in Whom He is Well Pleased! So stop beating yourself up and rejoice! Stop allowing other people’s issues to steal your joy, they are not your issues they are theirs, take criticism as an hour glass takes sand, let it pass right through you. Don’t believe the fearful things you hear people say, live for the moment, live for love, LIVE FOR YOUR LIFE and you will find death no more!
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AHHHH! Jacob, it is funny that everytime I read one of your blogs, it will be the same thing we are discussing in our Midrash class. The very stronghold we are discussing right now is the( Mac daddy of all)…… “FEAR”. So thanks for the confirmation and for your boldness to “walk in that which He has called you.”
Timing is everything, praise God for that!
Jacob ,this essay couldn’t have been more timely.Just what I need to be reminded of.I am so encouraged by your writings, thank you for sharing.
WOW!! This essay could not have been on time as NOW>>>>IT was just last evening that I was taking thought of this very subject..or should I say stronghold…Thanks for the encouraging word that truly sets us free.
Right on Pam! It seems it was a timely thought for many of us, including myself! It’s awesome how we get to see this plan come together! Thanks so much for the comment, much love Jacob
Just got finished,FEAR NOT very good words of truth . God bless you for taking the time to share what you have been given. Love to hear from you.Your writing are always on time.
You are always so kind and I am so grateful for your comments, they mean the world to me. I am so glad this was a timely article, I certainly believe it was time for me to write it 🙂 Much love, Jacob
your essay is about the last 22 years of my life…will get round to emailing my story to you…have been hesitant due to past experiences and major shift in thinking..still recovering…thanks for this..you are speaking my language…
I am so glad that these essays are clicking with you. I think the more we share with each other, the closer all our experiences are…. I am just glad that each day we hopefully learn more, and love more, and that goes for loving ourselves as well, and trusting everything is going according to plan. Peace to you and yours, Jacob
a big THANK YOU, absolutely needed that today
You are absolutely welcome, I needed to write the essay today :)… Much love and peace to you and yours, Jacob
Yea, man! What your saying rings true. Gym analogy time. We must go through our pain and suffering its part of Gods program for the building up of our eternal body. But isn’t it nice to know that God the creator of all things with wisdom beyond anything we can in our present state even imagine is the one putting the weights on the bar and having us perform the perfect set each and every time to bring about exactly the effect that he is producing within us. Only thing is that we can’t look in the mirror and see our progress or even know that we are making progress so it is a walk of faith.
I have been having horrible anxiety lately. All I think about is that I’m sick or I’m going to die. Thank you so much for this article. I will hold on to the truth and live, love and laugh. I will really try to hold captive my thoughts and know that God is in control of all things.I will trust the plan.
Abby you aren’t the only one. Times have been hard for many, including myself, that is why I wrote the article, we all need to remind ourselves, we are apart of something wonderful, and bigger than ourselves, so we can’t fail! I am so glad the article helped, please come on back again, and comment, love hearing from you. Jacob