Fearing is not convictionJamie Betancourt
*Many people are using the catastrophic events that are taking place to speak about the wrath of God and lead people to repentance
*But that repentance is not based on the love of God but on the fear of God
*Does God want us to fear it?
*Jhon gives us the answer to this question in one of his letters
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 Jhon 4: 16-18
*How many of us are afraid of God?
*Many times we are afraid because we have been taught that God is punishing, but this is not so.
*God loves us as his children, so much that he gave his son so that we could be saved
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
*If God loved the world so much, he sent his son to bear our punishment why would He punish us again with natural disasters?
*Natural disasters and difficulties in our lives (illness, death, etc.) are NOT God’s punishments. Let’s take a look on a example on the bible:
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9: 1-3
*Jesus caused this person to be born blind not because he wanted to punish him, but because he wanted to manifest his power through him.
*Example: Nick Vujisic and Bethany Hamilton
*Today no one doubts that God is using these two people to manifest His power, but at first many people thought that Nick’s parents were sinners and even judged them in church.
*This happens because we have a bad concept of who God is and we do not understand the nature of his love
…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3: 17-19
*Ask God to let you know his love to such an extent that even if we do not understand why things happen, we do not doubt his love
*Although earthquakes, accidents, deaths come, let us never doubt God’s love for us. *He always has a plan to do something good from bad
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose… What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j] 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 28, 31-39In times of tribulation do not doubt God, rather look for him from the heart and make him your shelter
*In times of tribulation do not doubt God, rather look for him from the heart and make him your shelter
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalm 42: 1-2
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10