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January 24, 2010

The lesson on January 24, 2010 was given by Derek McCammon which continued the study on 2 Timothy 1:1-7 KJV.  The scripture reading was in Mark 4:35-41 KJV “35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 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. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 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?”  We learned in the first lesson that God was a giver but not the spirit of fear.  The Devil gives fear.  There are to kinds of fear, good and bad.  In Matthew 10:28 KJV we see “28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  We are to have a good reverential fear of God.   Fear seperates us from God because of sin (like we learned with Adam in Genesis 3).  God has told us that there will be times when we are persecuted with afflictions that cause us fear but He has given us the key to overcome those fears in Christ.  As it says in 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 KJV “12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” We have the mind of Christ.  There is a spiritual war going on and we are all fighting against the enemy.  The world, the flesh, and the Devil are all fighting against you in this warfare.  1 John 2:15-17 KJV says “15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”   The world system is totally against God.  The flesh is explain in Romans 7:15-19.  The Devil is the sinister minister.  The source of all that is no good and the enemy of God.  How do you defend yourself against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil?  By the divinely implanted principles of God.  Fear to the Devil is as Faith is to God. Romans 10:17 KJV “17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV says “11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  We have what we need to conquer fear!



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