Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
DISEASE! Why fear, freak out? Solving problems in life with Skills taught by God!
WHO is in control of the entire universe and what is HIS purpose for us why are we here?
2CO 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight
When we walk by faith (pistis-doctrine), we do not allow the garbage from the Cosmic system to be our guidance or our light.
ACT 5:29 “We must obey God rather than men.”
We need to be prepared and ready for whatever is coming our way; ROM 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Everyday you ought to have some sanctified time that you have set apart for you and God, when you can either pray, or just talk to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
“Is that biblical? I thought we were only to address God the Father, not the Son and not the Holy Spirit.”
We are to operate in that divine order of praying to the Father, in the name of the Son, under the power of God the H.S. which is the wisdom of God incorporating all three members of the Godhead in the powerful weapon of prayer.
Prayer is not often regarded as a weapon by most believers, but prayer is one of the greatest weapons we have.
Don’t confuse what I taught about prayer in my last book on The Problem-Solving Devices, when I said that prayer was not a problem-solving device.
If you are having trouble with a relationship in your life, you can use the problem-solving devices to HELP YOU handle the problem, but they might not help the person you’re having the problem with.
ROM 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
You can be at peace with yourself concerning how you have treated the other person that you may be having a problem with but, at the same time, they are not willing to be at peace with you.
EPH 6:19 pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,
PRO 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.
ISA 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
We are called by His name.
We’ve been created for His glory.
We have been formed and made by Him.
The reason for “all things” is giving to us once again which is the fact that “All things have been created for His glory;” Rev 4:11.
Do you believe the doctrinal principles that state “all things have been created by Him and for Him?”
MB = Pro 22:6 Point your kids in the right direction when they’re old they won’t be lost.
EPH 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.
1TH 5:18 we give thanks for everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
When you are faced with “bad news” or things that are threatening to your life and the lives of your loved ones, such as family and friends, do you respond or do you react?
COL 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created by Him and for Him.
Notice whether it is something or everything, our Lord is still in control of all things.
It comes from JOH 8:44, the father of lies, the devil, who does not stand or stay with the truth, because there is no truth in him.
1KI 18:21 “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. (Figures)
The first one is actually a tremendous illustration of how believers respond to “bad news,” literally, in Jer 49:23-25.
The problem was that they were all prospering, but they forgot the source of their prosperity, Jehovah Elohim, known to us as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He was also known to them as Jehovah Jireh who is “the Lord who provides,” and who also had prospered Damascus, Hamath, and Arpad, who forgot how thankful they should all be to the Lord.
Remember that in REV 3:17, they thought and bragged about the fact that they had become rich and wealthy, and have need of nothing,” but they do not know that they are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
It is also interesting to note the different responses that took place in the different cities even though they had the same environment.
Psychosomatics = a physical illness or condition that is caused by the mental attitude of the individual who is so stressed out by the way they “think” that their thoughts affects their physical condition.
Individuals were brought up in the same environment but turned out quite differently, including differences in their eternal home, which is either Heaven or the Eternal lake of Fire.
Cain and Abel — same environment but different results.
Jacob and Esau — same environment but different results.
Joseph and his brothers. same environment but different results.
Solomon and Absalom— same environment but different results.
One of the most prominent illustrations found under this principle is Moses and Pharaoh.
Knowing anything about ancient Egypt, we would have to put Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt in the same category, they were successful, wealthy, powerful, wise and great military soldiers.
Both were rich men who were also brought up in the same environment but turned out differently.
There is no place for complaining about your environment, your parents, your siblings, your gender, your nationality, the day of your birth and the day of your death.
All of these principles were taught in “Damascus, Hamath and Arpad,” cities who were put to shame and became disheartened when they heard the bad news.
Fear is a system of thinking that God has designed or created within man to be on the alert for things he may be about to face.
In our passage in Jeremiah, the believers in the three cities were living in fear because the Lord had been dealing with cities all around Jerusalem because of their NVTD.
Fear has some more good points, but the majority of time fear is a manifestation of the believer’s lack of faith and trust in our Lord.
As a system of thinking, fear will cause you and I to be on the alert because of the fear of present danger.
As a system of thinking, we are told to fear that we might miss out on all the gracious blessings and promises of entering into God’s rest.
We are warned and told that we “should all fear” missing out on receiving God’s highest and best, including His rest.
An unbelieving heart is called an evil heart that falls away from the living God.
Not only should we fear that we may miss out on the promises of God, we should also fear that we have not entered into God’s rest through His doctrines.
Fear is worry, apprehension, consternation, or horror.
Consternation is when a person becomes paralyzed toward their problems.
It’s not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Fear will paralyze you.
Fear is an active feeling of dread, of which fright and terror are the more intense degrees.
If all things are for Him, what do we have to fear?
Even though fear is normally an emotional response or reaction to someone or something that has come upon us usually suddenly and without warning, we can still control our fear if we desire to do so.
Whenever we live in fear, we are living in an emotion that cannot think because fear is the absence of thoughts being manipulated by selfish thinking.
We are designed by God to be rational creatures; fear makes us irrational.
Fear is an irrational and emotional sin most of the time.
I have studied a lot of new information concerning these three cities, Damascus, Hamath and Arpad and I found out that the Jews were literally terrified of the sea.
To the Jews the sea meant fear, instability, unsurety, and when they heard bad news; they were disheartened and discouraged by their anxiety from the sea which cannot be calmed.
One of the most fearful occupational hazards of being a Jewish missionary was that there was anxiety by the sea and it cannot be calmed, as Jer 49:23 states.
They lived in fear of the instability revealed by the roaring waves of the sea.
ISA 27:1 In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, With His fierce and great and mighty sword, Even Leviathan the twisted serpent; And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.
Mar 4:24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you; and more shall be given you besides.
Luk 8:18 “Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
Joh 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Fear is a self-induced misery that we are told in this passage causes believers even to be stressed out when they hear “bad news.”
Fear is also said to be disheartened which is an emotional reaction filled with depression and self-justification and sin enslaved to discouragement and negativity.
There is no hope for those who have become helpless because of the fear of rejection and failure.
Prin: Emotional Rebellion of the soul produces even believers to become useless and helpless.
Fear causes others to flee when no one is even chasing after them; Pro 28:1.
PRO 28:1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
The Bible is a supernatural book filled with supernatural knowledge and fulfilled prophecy, and yet the average individual won’t even take some time to examine the evidence.
- Isa 41:10 “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.”
- Psa 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
- PHI 4:6-7, not be worried about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- JOH 14:27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”
- 2Ti 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
- Isa 43:1 “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
- JOS 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- ISA 35:4 “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…”
- Mar 6:50 “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
- Deu 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”