September 17, 2018
Luke 12:4-5… I tell you my friends, “Do not fear those who can kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear, fear Him who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.”
It seems to me the only entity with power and authority to cast into hell
Is God. That brings up a thought… Satan cannot cast you into hell. He can lure you away from God, but only God can cast you into hell. Karla read a series of books written by Frank Peretti… “This present darkness”. I don’t know for sure how to spell Frank’s last name. But she told me about the premise of the books. The enemy of our souls is actively seeking to destroy God’s people. He is actually seeking to destroy God. Sometimes he has good success by keeping us alive and ruining our witness. Don’t be one of those. I am particularly upset with people who call themselves “Christian” but live for the Devil. When you came to Christ, you did not receive a name tag, you received a new heart. Allow your new heart to guide your words and actions.(Colossians 3:17) Jesus did not say, “I have come that you might have a new testimony.” No, He said, “I have come that you might have abundant life.” Christians have a tendency to talk about abundant life, but not live it. That is obedience to the Devil. Don’t fear him and live according to his promises; fear God, and live according to His promises.
In the scripture at the top of this page, we read to not fear him who can kill the body. Jesus had to know how hard that would be for humans. If some maniac pointed a gun at me I would be fearful. What Jesus is saying is, “As much as you fear him, fear God more.” If someone points a gun at you, know where you are going. And, even more than that, know where your loved ones are going. Jesus says, “Change your thoughts. Think in terms of eternity.”
“Fear of the Lord” is not a simple or easy concept to grasp. It is mentioned enough that we ought to deal with it and not ignore it, but it is not easy. Jesus tells us to, “Fear God” but He also tells us that God loves us. How can they both exist? God can send us to hell for not believing in Him. That causes fear. To know God is to know love and love casts out all fear. Know Him.