Why fear?

Why do we fear? What causes us to be paralyzed with dread? 

“Nothing will enter your life that God does not either decree or allow. And nothing will ever enter your life that, if you are willing to trust in him, he cannot work out for your good.”

  • Chip Ingram

1 John 4:18  NKJV


There is no fear* in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

  • Fear –  phobos (Greek), in classical Greek the word signified flight. Later it came to denote that which causes flight; hence, fear, terror, dread. In the New Testament phobos denotes both the fear of terror and the fear of reverance toward God. The English word “phobia” transliterates the Greek word.

Trusting God in everything we have to face in daily life, declaring His word and releasing our faith, will enable us to face fear and overcome it.

God’s peace (annointing) enables us to overcome fear and to have faith in the midst of terror or anguish. Simple trust. That us all. 

Stay blessed and in the peace of Christ the Lord.
Pr. Paddick

Chip Ingram Quote

Like no other

Jesus lived a life like no other, experienced death like no other and rose from death (had a resurrection)  like no other…

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1 Corinthians 15 : 12-28  NKJV

Heaven’s requirement was for Jesus to drink the cup of God’s wrath, so we may be saved, and He did it like no other.

It is but through Christ alone that we can experience eternal life as God has intended…

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick

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To Strangle

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Anguish, concern, doubt, fear, uneasiness, distress, anxiety, torment, perplexity, fret, agonize … these are but a few synonyms for being worried. In our technologically advanced life, it is the one thing that we can’t seem to get away from perhaps just like our forefathers of many, many years back.

The origin of the word is rather interesting:

“Old English wyrgan ‘strangle’, of West Germanic origin. In Middle English the original sense of the verb gave rise to the meaning ‘seize by the throat and tear’, later figuratively ‘harass’, whence ‘cause anxiety to’ (early 19th century, the date also of the noun).” *

Yet God gives us the reassurance that He is in control and He knows what is happening in our lives and He knows how to get us what we need and prayed for…

1 Peter 5:7  New King James Version (NKJV)

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Matthew 6: 25- 34 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Trust in Him. He will see you through…

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

  • Oxford Online Dictionaries –  Oxford

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