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The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
Luke 8:14 (NASB)
The worries and indulgences of life leave little room for fruitfulness, put them aside and resolve to bringing forth a bumper crop.
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Luke 5:8-11 (ESV)
What greater things does Christ have in store for us, put the fears and cares of this world behind you and boldly follow Him.
When his parents saw him, they were amazed. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been worried about you. We have been looking for you everywhere.” “Why were you looking for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Luke 2:48-49 (NIrV)
Seek the peace of Christ to quiet our worries and follow His example of putting the Fathers work ahead of all other business.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:9-11 (KJV)
Our fears turn to joy when we embrace the good news.
Did you ever notice that Linus drops his security blanket while sharing “what Christmas is all about” in Charlie Brown’s Christmas? Even more curious is the point in the speech he does so. Just as he utters the words “Fear not” from Luke 2:10 ~ “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” I believe this was a deliberate point that Charles Schultz was making, to drop those things of the world we cling to and embrace the good news!
Watch for it at about the :39 second mark – Fear Not!
We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.
Luke 1:74-75 (NLT)
By God’s grace we are commissioned to serve Him with a fearless spirit of obedience and a confident attitude knowing, that we are secure from the fear of evil.
For He Who is almighty has done great things for me–and holy is His name [to be venerated in His purity, majesty and glory]! And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.
Luke 1:49-50 (AMP)
The idea that God would use us to achieve His will fills us with wonder. His mercy, through Christ, for all generations is worthy of our praise and worship.
The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.” But Mary was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean. The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace.”
Luke 1:28-30 (NCV)
God’s grace is a special gift that we do not deserve. No matter who is against us, God is for us, do not surrender to unbelieving fear.
But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.”
Luke 1:13 (NIV)
We are comforted in knowing that our prayers are always heard.
He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
Mark 16:6-7 (MSG)
Do not dwell on sorrowful times or things of the past, but rejoice and believe in what is ahead. Remember that Christ goes before us to prepare a way.
For the Good News must first be preached to all nations. But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:10-11 (NLT)
As a follower of Christ we have access to divine guidance, so that in serving Him we can count on the care and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide us.