December 16, 2015

Fear Turns Us Inward

By In Brandon Adams
Here is a video about a missionary group distributing thousands of e-bibles in native language on SD cards (for use on their phones) to Syrian & other Middle Eastern refugees passing through European countries.
 
“It’s certainly understandable, the concerns we have in the States. We want our government to be responsible and do its job protecting us, our people, our nation, and certainly, without a doubt, we want to choose leaders who are committed to doing that.
 
But on the other hand, we don’t take our lead from them. We don’t take our lead from the government. We don’t take our lead from the media. We take our lead from the Word of God.
 
From a spiritual perspective, this is so much bigger than we could ever realize…
 
Don’t be afraid. For the believer, fear is really the last thing we need. It’s fear that turns us inward for self-preservation. But when we trust in the Lord and are bold in our witness for Christ, it leads to the salvation of others. And I think that is what this is all about.
 
My second question would be, what voices are we listening to? Are we listening to the media, the politicians, what someone’s foreign policy is, or are we listening to the voice of the Savior, who says ‘I send you out as sheep among wolves’?”
 
“It’s easy to get caught up into the political spirit of the age, but the bottom line is the early church – they didn’t transform the ancient world because they were primarily thinking about security. They were primarily thinking about laying down their lives for the proclamation of the gospel, making Jesus known throughout the ancient world.”
 
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“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” HL Mencken
 
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2 ESV)
 
“Do not be conformed to this world/age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV)
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Written by Brandon Adams

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