FEAR OF DEATH IS BONDAGE

FEAR OF DEATH IS BONDAGE

Tuesday – Aug 8, 2017

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Greetings in the name of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from Patti and me at The Three Minute Word publications.  It is Tuesday and the day that I remind us all of our responsibility to pray for the governments of our nation at every level.  The picture above is the Capitol building for the State of Alabama located in Montgomery.

As I hope all of the readers of this Bible Study know there is an ongoing debate about healthcare in this country.  Much of that debate is taking place in ignorance and the messaging from the leaders of this nation is terrible.  As in almost all struggles of this magnitude the opposing sides are part of the ongoing struggle between good and evil.  This struggle is ongoing worldwide but is especially intense and important here because America is a Covenant nation with God and God’s light to the world.  Many of the current proposals before Congress are simply wealth transfer schemes from the more productive to the unproductive or less productive.  This on its face is a violation of God’s law (study the accounts of the talents [Matthew 25] and the pounds [Luke 19] for further insight.  The devil is the author of wealth redistribution.  The devil is the one pushing the ‘global warming’ agenda which is nothing more than a hoax and deception of the devil to transfer wealth making everyone poor.  In the global warming scheme, the government becomes the energy god.

Healthcare is not a right of American citizens under the Federal Constitution.  Health and healing are however a right and a responsibility for those in the Kingdom of God.  There is no mention of healthcare being the responsibility of government in the Bible and Jesus had two wonderful occasions to make that point.  One occasion was the account of the woman with the issue of blood and the other in the ‘Good Samaritan’ account.  Matthew twenty-five is often trotted out as governments responsibility to provide care to people, but Jesus is not talking to governments, He is talking to individual persons and their responsibilities to each other.  The Church, other groups, and individuals are those who Biblically are to bear the responsibility for healthcare.  The government is already a god in too many areas for too many people.  Now, many want the government to be our healthcare god as well.  In whom do we trust, uncle Sam or Jesus Christ and Father God?  As Christians, our healthcare package comes through Calvary as part of our Salvation Package.  Having said that I do believe it is prudent for Christians to purchase insurance of all types including Health Insurance.  If we do not continuously develop our faith, decree the Word of God over ourselves or choose a deception of the devil we can have adverse events and it is not the responsibility of those around us to bail us out of poor judgment.

There is much more to say about these things but I will move to our Bible Study now.  Not that the things I have mentioned above are not every bit as important for Christians to understand.  Judge all things, all matters (not people), through the lens of Scripture.  Let’s review our primary text together.

Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV)
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

The devil had the power of death through sin, no sin no death.  Jesus dealt with the sin problem defeating sin and returning eternal life (spiritually and physically) to mankind.  Adam was an eternal creation.  You and I in Christ Jesus are eternal creatures spiritually and very soon physically.  Read and meditate the following passage and rejoice.  Our future is so bright and full of wonder!

1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (KJV)
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Thank you, Jesus, O what a day that will be!!  Let me reiterate something you have heard before.  The day that the last trump sounds is not our focus, our focus is what the Lord would you have me do today?  The root or most fundamental fear is death whether it be a fear of heights, flying, or snakes.  Why are we afraid of death?  Fear is a primary tool of the devil, look at the healthcare debate, look at the global warming or climate change debate all fear based.  When you see that you know the devil is in the mix.  Fear destroys love and love is the fuel of faith.

1 John 4:18 (KJV)
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

When our love wavers, our faith is in trouble.  Let me remind us once again that although love of God may have an emotional component that is not our focus.  We follow God in knowledge by our will.  Bible (agape) love at its core is obedience to the Word of God, it is a selfless attitude where the needs of the King supersede ours, and we are to be acutely aware of our obligations under the Blood Covenant.  When we follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit without wavering all fear will flee for we are in perfect harmony with and trust our God.  Fear is tormenting and distracts us from our trust and obedience to the Lord.  This is pervasive in and out of the Church.

Galatians 5:6 (KJV)
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Our exercise of love is the key to the power of faith and faith is what overcomes the world and brings us to sit on the Throne of Glory.  In the following passage, why do you think there is all the love talk before the faith talk.  Neither one works in the absence of the other but especially faith is weak or absent when we do not walk in obedience (love).

1 John 5:3-4 (KJV)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

What happens when people fellowship with a mentor?  The pupil observes the thought processes, the words, and the actions of the mentor.  How did Jesus overcome?  He fellowshipped with the Father, then He said what the Father said, and He did what He saw the Father doing, and the Father poured the Power of God through Him to accomplish all His will.  Do you suppose we should follow that plan or devise our own?

Revelation 3:20-21 (KJV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.

 Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

By: Dr. David Wood, Author, Bible Teacher, and Prophetic Voice

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Author: Dr. David R. Wood

Dr. and Mrs. Wood were both born and raised in the State of Maine. Dr. Wood attended college at the University of Maine and was awarded a Bachelor of Zoology degree. He went on to attend Medical School at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri graduating in 1980. Dr. Wood had been accepted to the U.S.Army scholarship program so following Medical School was accepted at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas where he accomplished a rotating internship and a subsequent three year residency training in Internal Medicine. From there Dr. Wood was assigned to Brook Army Medical Center and served there in the Internal Medicine Clinic in various capacities and participated in the publication of several scientific papers. Although Dr. Wood was brought up in a Christian home it wasn't until he came to San Antonio that he met and had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Wood left the Army to establish a private practice of Internal Medicine in 1988 on the Southeast side of San Antonio. He left the private practice at the end of March 2016 to pursue and follow the leadership of the Lord for another exciting chapter of the good things God has for him. Eastern Gate Ministries International a 501 (c) 3 was established in 2007. The focus of this ministry is to exhibit HIS excellence through us with regard to the moral fiber of our nation, honoring Israel, teaching the Word, and being a Prophetic voice to a broken generation.

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