PERSPECTIVE

One major sign that a soul is not just ageing but advancing in the accumulation of wisdom is the redefinition of many previously defined terms

For a soul without much experience, fear is an involuntary response triggered by the logical acceptance of the enormity of a challenge . The wiser a person gets however, his definition of fear changes. To a wise man ‘fear’ is a simple sign an indicator that there is much glory to be attained at the conquering of the impending challenge.

To one, fear is a negative thing… trigerring flight. To another, it is the most exciting feeling in the world, triggering a fight
What are your definitions?
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MOVE

2 Kings  7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?  7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.  7:5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
Go back and read the full story in your Bible; too much stuff to mine from the passage. However, I want to shine one of the treasures there, here. These guys had a decision to make; ‘stay and die’, ‘move and die’. Either way, death was inevitable. But if you observe closely, staying was a sure way of death while moving had a certain possibility of survival. So they decided to move.
Guess what?
What they feared, wasn’t even there!
Fear’s strategy is to paralyse you. Once you keep moving, you have won.
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OBSERVE

Mark  8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?  8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?  8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.  8:20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.  8:21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

I remember reading this place again this morning and for the umpteenth time, I still think Jesus’ shock is funny to me. But I understand his shock. He had done pretty amazing things in the sight of these people. However at the first sign of lack, they begin to panic.

Well, he then subtly tells us the reason they have forgotten; they have eyes, they cannot see…They have ears, they cannot perceive, their hearts are hardened.

See, faithlessness is not a ‘spiritual’ problem like we have been led to believe. It is actually something very physical. I love equating faithlessness to forgetfulness. People forget, because they do not sit back to observe God’s track record in their lives.
Look back… You have been in a tighter corner than what you are in now, but you made it through.
Stop ‘fearing’ this place you are in….Look back again.

Observe.
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GET UP

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Many of you may not notice how that in verse 41 (immediately after he is shocked at their fear) it says that they were even more afraid! (So much to extract from that) but I will just briefly focus on one thing.
Fear breeds more fear. The state you are in, will call more manifestation of itself to you.
They saw the storm, they were afraid. They saw him calm the storm and they were more afraid. Notice that the storm is called boisterous. Check the meaning of that word. It has to do with fear. Almost as though they called the storm by their state of fear.
Jesus is asleep; calm (probably dreaming of he and I at McDonald’s) they wake him, and he sees the storm; he is calm… He calms the storm because he is calm.
What you carry, you will pour out… The storm is not the problem.

The man is!
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Fear Breeds Hate! 

“There is a rising growth of

“islamophobics” around the world. People are turning on people with Islamic names,

and people of the Muslim faith because of the acts of terrorist groups. Being an

adept student of history, I know that there have been CHRISTIAN TERRORIST

groups, and PERSONALITIES over the years. These groups (or persons) have not been enough reason to hate or kill off the whole Christian community. These personalities are the ‘diversion’ in the

Christian tradition.
I personally know many Muslims, and would do business (or ministry for that

matter) with any, for all of them I have had close dealings with, stand at the top

of the ladder for their HONESTY and

INTEGRITY. 
That a percentage of the

community of Muslims are raging terrorists, isn’t a reason to flush (or

exterminate) the others.
People will try to recruit you into their hate fair. People will try to cause you to fear names like “Hussein, Mubarak, Usman,

Hamed,” laugh hard, because each of those names have amazing (and benign) meanings.
We have no reason to hate, no reason to fear. For we haven’t been given the

“tools” of “fear,” but the tool of the “POWER OF LOVE IN A SOUND MIND”
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