Creflo Dollar - The Fearless Life
Tonight, I want you to join me because this is gonna be so, so very important. I'm gonna talk to you about the fearless life. The fearless life. I wanna start off in 2 Timothy chapter 1 and verse 7 and I'm really excited about teaching this message tonight. You know, we've gotta be careful because people tolerate fear because they think it's natural. People tolerate fear because they think it's natural. And I'm gonna show you tonight that fear is not okay. Not a little bit, it's not okay at all. And we've got to, as Christians, learn how to respond in our faith to fear.
You remember when I told you that faith is a positive response to what grace has made available? Well, fear is a negative response to what Satan or the world has made available. So, you know, you can be responsible but you don't have to be motivated by fear to be responsible. You can be responsible to wash your hands but you don't need to be motivated by fear to wash your hands. You can wash your hands in faith, praise God. And so please remember what I just said. Fear is a negative response to what Satan and the world has already done but faith is a positive response to what Jesus and grace has already done.
So respond to what Jesus has already said. Respond to the Word of God. Respond to the promises of God. For example, he healed us 2000 years ago. Faith is responding to what Jesus has already done 2000 years ago. He's delivered us 2000 years ago. Faith responds to the deliverance that he provided for us 2000 years ago. But now you gotta be careful because fear wants to respond to the present circumstances and situations of the world. Fear wants to respond to the, I mean, the craziness of the world and we need to talk about how to live this fearless life.
I wanna begin in 2 Timothy chapter 1 and verse 7. He says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind". Now, we're all familiar with that. "God hath not given us", notice, "the spirit of fear". So fear doesn't come from God. God's not responsible for it. He's not gonna take credit for it. "God has not given us the spirit of fear". Here's what God gave us. God gave us power, the ability to get the job done. He gave us love, and he gave us a sound mind. Now, here's what he's saying here. You have power and love to have sound thinking. And I believe that in the name of Jesus.
So the first thing I want you to think about as it concerns living a fearless life, is that, you know, it is a spirit of fear, it is not just something that's natural. So you'll tolerate it if you're convinced, well, it's just natural. Now, I'm not saying at all, I'm not saying, well, you know, you don't have opportunities to fear. I am saying that when fear comes up, since it didn't come from God, then you take the power and the love and the sound mind and you get rid of it. Yeah, as a human being, you're gonna experience fear. And fear will knock on the door, but it's still not of God. Just 'cause you experience something doesn't mean it came from God but what we do is we find out what has come from God and we use that to defeat what came from the devil.
You know, the Bible says the thief comes but not for it to kill, steal, and destroy. The thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but God said that "I've come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly". And so which one are you gonna submit to? I'm gonna submit to what God said. And so, fear is not something that comes from God. Fear is literally contaminated faith. That's a good way to put it. It's contaminated faith and I heard Brother Copeland say this years ago, that fear tolerated is faith that is contaminated, that if you tolerate fear, you will contaminate your faith. So I wanna do a comparison in contrast between faith versus fear.
Now, here's what I'm talking about. For example, faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Did you know that fear cometh by hearing and hearing the words of the problem, the words of your enemy? Faith, the Bible says it's impossible to please God without faith. Do you know it's impossible to please Satan without fear? Like God needs faith in order to bring his word to pass, Satan needs fear in order to bring his word to pass. Everything in the kingdom of God operates by faith. Everything in this world's system operates by fear. It's based in fear.
And so the greatest fear, once again, that Satan can inflict on Christian people is the fear that what God promised in his Word won't come to pass. It's the fear that with his stripes you are healed, that it won't come to pass. It's the fear that my God shall supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory, that that won't come to pass. That's the greatest fear he wants to put on Christian people, the fear of maybe, just maybe, this word that I'm told to believe, maybe it won't come to pass. And you've got to actively resist fear. You've got to fight against fear.
So when we operate not based in the Word, then our operation is gonna be based in fear. When our operation is not based in the Word, then we're gonna be operating in fear. See, if you don't pray prayers that are based in the Word, then you might be praying fear-based prayers. So this is so, so, so very important. I recall a Scripture, in fact, if you'll go with me to Job chapter 1 and 5, you know, Job actually experienced what fear can do in the life of someone who tolerates it.
Job chapter 1 and 5, Job begins to say something here and I wanna see if you can pick up the fear here. In Job 1 and 5 he says, "And it was so, when the days of their fasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and he rose up early in the morning, and he offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said", now listen to what he said, "It may be that my sons have sinned, and maybe they cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continuously".
Can you pick out the fear here? Job was afraid that maybe his sons have sinned by cursing God in their hearts. So Job's response was based in the fear that his sons have sinned against God and cursed God in their heart so even though Job was doing something like he was sacrificing offerings every day out of fear. He was bringing offerings out of fear. Think about that now. The sacrifices at that time was a good thing. It was used to cover sin, but now it was based in fear. He did it based in fear.
My question tonight, what are you doing based in fear? Is fear the motivation behind what you do? Because notice, he did this over and over and over again because of fear and look at Job chapter 3:25 and this is the result of when you begin to do things out of fear. In verse 25 he says, "For the thing which I greatly feared", watch this, "it's come upon me, and that which I was afraid of", he says, "it's come unto me".
Ladies and gentlemen, please understand something: you must not tolerate fear. You must not tolerate it for not a day, you must not tolerate it not for a moment. You must not tolerate it because fear is contaminated faith. It's faith that has been infected with fright and fear and being afraid. So I'm gonna share some things with you tonight concerning this fearless life and I had a good time looking at this today. I mean, it really got me so blessed, I was so ready to come tonight and share this with you, and it's just so amazing and I want you to pay attention to each of these Scriptures.
If you have your Bibles, go with me to the book of Luke chapter 1 and verse 17. Luke chapter 1 and verse 17. Now, you'll hear people talk, you know, trying to defend, they don't have fear and all this kind of stuff. You just don't really know what fear is, but I tell you what, we've got to identify it. We've got to know what's going on. Excuse me, Luke 1:74, excuse me. Luke chapter 1, verse 74. Now, I wanna read this to you and then I wanna talk to you about some things. I'm gonna read 74 and 75. Luke chapter 1, verse 74 and 75. Now, look what he says here. He says, "That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear". And 75, he says, "In holiness and righteousness before him, and do it all the days of our lives".
Now, this is so important. Now, notice what he says: "that God would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hands of the enemies", well, question: have we been delivered out of the hands of the enemy? Yes, yes, we've been delivered out of the hands of the enemies. God delivered us 2000 years ago. Whatever enemy shows up, you have been delivered out of the hands of the enemy. In fact, say this out loud: "I have been delivered out of the hand of the enemies". So no, regardless of what that enemy is, you've been delivered.
Some of you, you know, you've gotta recognize this virus is an enemy. The loneliness is an enemy. You have been delivered out of the hands of the enemies. Why? So that you might serve God without fear. So the thing you use is this: God has already delivered me out of the hand of all my enemies and I'm gonna be able to now serve God without fear, serving God without fear. Now, listen to this. To serve God without fear is to serve God with faith. To serve God without fear is to serve God with faith. And faith is a practical expression of fearless confidence in God. It's a practical expression of fearless confidence in God. But now, notice so also he says, "I delivered you from all of your enemies so that you can serve God without fear", and he says, "In holiness you're gonna serve God without fear. In righteousness you're gonna serve God without fear, all the days of your life".
I wanna talk about those two words: holiness and righteousness. You know what it means to be holy? Holy means you're not gonna be common with the world. In other words, when the world is sad, you're full of joy. When the world is sick, you're full of health and healing. When the world is in fear, you're in faith. That's what it means to be holy. And Jesus has made you holy, which means it's talking about, here's another word for it: sanctified. In other words, you're set aside. In other words, whatever the world's doing, you've been set aside and you are not common or in agreement with how they are doing what they do and how they're acting, and the way they act. We're holy. And that means, you know, if they're in fear, we're in faith. If they're in depression, we're in the joy of the Lord, praise God. And he says, you can serve God without fear in holiness.
So it's important for me to let you know tonight that you're not like the world. You're holy. You've been separated. You've been set aside and we should be able to see the difference. Now is the time for us to allow our holiness to shine. Listen, I don't want you to tolerate fear. It's look at what the world has and then you look at what God has presented to you. Since your enemies have been defeated and since you can serve God without fear and since you're holy, praise God, then demonstrate that holiness is uncommonness with the world, that I'm not common with the world and what they go through, I go through the opposite of it because of what Jesus has made available to me. And then he used the next word, "righteousness".
So in holiness and in righteousness. Righteousness is a gift. And I'm the righteousness of God. And because I'm the righteousness of God, I have a right to the finished works of Jesus. I have a right to be healed. I have a right to be delivered. I have a right to walk in protection. I have a right because I'm the righteousness of God. So "In holiness and in righteousness before him, that I'll serve him all the days of my life. And I'll serve him without fear". And that's good, good, good Word, amen? So take a hold of that.
Now, go to Philippians chapter 1, verse 28, and I wanna read this in the New Living Translations. Philippians 1:28. You know, I just thought about something. If you bring up the issue of doubt, you know what doubt is? Doubt is one moment of fear. One moment of fear equals doubt. And I'm telling you in the name of Jesus, you make your mind up that I'm not going to give one moment of fear because we cast that doubt down but how do we cast that doubt down? By casting that thought of fear down. One moment of fear equals doubt.
Now, look at this, Philippians chapter 1:28, New Living Translation. He says, "Don't be intimidated in any way by your enemies", wow. Don't be intimidated by any way or by your enemies, in any way by your enemies. "This will be a sign to your enemies, them, that they are going to be destroyed", hallelujah. "But that you are going to be saved". They're gonna be destroyed but you gonna be saved, "even by God himself".
Now, look at this. Don't allow coronavirus to intimidate you, don't allow, you know, the necessary rules that our government's setting up to try to fight this thing. Don't be intimidated. You are a Christian, you believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ. This virus is an enemy, praise God. Those emotional attacks, that's an enemy. The loneliness and the depression, that's an enemy. Don't be intimidated by your enemies. Why? This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed.
So when you're walking around in faith, rather than in fear, and if you're walking around refusing to be intimidated, that's a sign to your enemies that they're going to be destroyed. And I mean, World Changers, you stand up and refuse to be intimidated. You speak to yourself the Word of God, man. When you have a thought, a fear, you cast it down by speaking the promise of the Word of God and it is an indication, it is a message, to all of your enemies, it's a message to the devil, praise God, that they're gonna be destroyed but that you're going to be saved. And you're gonna be saved, even by God himself. Man, that'll get you going. That'll get you going, praise God.
In fact, say this out loud with me: "I refuse to be intimidated by the enemy of fear, by the enemy of viruses, by the enemy of sickness, by the enemy of loneliness, by the enemy of stress. I refuse to be intimidated, in Jesus' name". Well, that's a sign to your enemies that they're gonna be destroyed, and you're gonna be saved by God himself. Oh, praise God, hallelujah.
Now, let's look at Matthew chapter 6, verse 25. Matthew chapter 6, verse 25. And I wanna read something to you because I wanna talk to you about worry. Let's look at this, Matthew 6:25 through 30 in the New Living Translation. So let's talk about what happens when you decide to, instead of not being intimidated, you decide to begin to meditate on the negative thing. In fact, when you meditate on the negative thing and the work of the enemy, when you ponder it and roll it over and over in your mind and give focus to it and consider it over and over and over again, that's called worry. Worry is meditating on the problem. It's meditating on the situation and then that causes a whole lot of stuff. I mean, negative meditation on the problem and the issue causes worry, causes stress, begins to cause dis-easement in your physical body which opens the door for disease in your physical body.
See, we gotta be careful, you know, once they announce that there's a pandemic, at the same time, an epidemic started. That epidemic was an epidemic of fear. See, we're dealing with a pandemic of the virus but we're also dealing with the epidemic of fear. And the domino effect of dealing and building up the epidemic of fear is gonna be a lot of stuff going on. There will be people who will get sick from not even the virus but it's the worry and the stress and the dis-easement now and the epidemic of fear that's now caused, you know, all kinds of other things to become a part of your life. And now you're worrying and your immunity is going down. It's not as strong as it needs to be.
So there's a lot to be said about having peace and having joy in your life. And I'm telling you right now, all of the things that are going on in our world, they are designed to kill, steal, and destroy because Satan's behind it. It's designed to kill you, to steal, to destroy your life, to make you sick, to give you chronic disease. That's what he wants to do. And that's why the great stress is there. And you know, another thing I thought about, around the time that this whole thing started, over in other countries there's an invasion of locusts that are eating up thousands of pounds of food. I mean, fear cannot be the door that opens up all of the other things that we may not be thinking about.
And so, our country needs the church, praise God. We need Jesus, we need his Word, and we need to pray like never before that our eyes will be opened to what's going on. This is ultimately, at the base of it, a trick of the devil trying to steal, kill, and destroy. And so, it's important that we don't yield ourself to worry. We've got to cast those thoughts of worry down. We cannot meditate on the negative all the time. It's okay to, you know, tune in on the news every now and then to find out what's going on but not all day, nine hours a day, every single day. You're meditating on something that's gonna produce worry in your life, that's gonna take away the ease and it's just not healthy, it's not good for your spirit, it's not good for your soul, it's not good for your body. It's not good.
So let's deal with this issue of worry, which is negative meditation on the problem. He said, "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life". Jesus is speaking here. He says, "Whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing"? I mean, he's really trying to get us to see, dude, whatever happens, do not let your peace be stolen. I said it once, I'll say it again. If it costs you your peace, it's too expensive. And don't spend your peace on the problem, praise God. Now, he says, "Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to God than they are"?
See, you have value in the eyes of God. God's not gonna forget about you. God hadn't forgotten about you. Look what he says. "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life"? Can all the worrying you've been doing for the last few weeks, has it added and can it add a single moment to your life? No. Next verse. "And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and look at how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing". Verse 29: "Yet Solomon in all of his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are". Now, watch this, verse 30: "And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and then thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you".
Now, I want you to say this out loud: "God cares for me". Say it again. "God cares for me". So he says in the Scripture, so "Why do you have so little faith"? Now, he's not talking about why do you have small faith as far as measure is concerned, the measure of your faith? He's talking about why do you have a short burst of faith? Have you ever had a short burst of energy? You know, you were doing something, you were kind of tired and you had a burst of energy? Well, it's the same way with sometimes with Christians, you know, you have a you have a burst of faith. And then the problem comes again and then you have another burst of faith. And he's asking, why do you have the short bursts of faith? We want your faith to be consistent. We want you to have faith before the problem, during the problem, and after the problem. You know what that's called? Patience, patience is remaining consistently, constantly the same.
Now, look at the next verse, verse 31, he says, "So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat?' saying, 'What will we drink? What will we wear?'" He says, Don't worry about these things. Verse 32, "These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers". Did you get that? He said, these kind of things, what you're gonna eat, what you're gonna drink, you know, you know, am I gonna die? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but they shouldn't dominate our thoughts. We're holy, we're sanctified, we're different. When I say holy, I don't mean you wear no long dress. I don't mean you walk around in perfection. You're uncommon with the world. We don't allow these things to dominate our thoughts. We're not unbelievers, we're believers, praise God. He says, things, "These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all you need".
Now, here's the thing I want you to see. God already knows what we need. I said, God already knows what you need. And, you know, you murmuring and complaining about it, God already knows what you need. I mean, I thank God that we have the technology to connect with you tonight. God already knew we were gonna need it. Praise God. I mean, think about it, if we didn't have this technology, you know, we'd all be at home, you know, wondering what the feeding was gonna taste like tonight. But thanks be unto God that He allowed this technology to be in the earth at this time, and we can use this technology to tell you that your heavenly Father already knows your needs. And if he already knows your needs, let me tell you what he's already done, he's already provided the supply.
"My God shall supply all of your needs, according to his riches in glory through him by Christ Jesus". He knows you have needs, and he already has a supply. So, now what do you do? You reach out in faith, and you lay hold of the provisions that have already been made available. Now, you're gonna be tempted by fear to move into self preservation, and forget that Word, and "Oh, that's just those preachers talking and"... No, no, no, no, no. Man, this is a time right now to find out if you really believe God, this is it. This is it. You can work hard to be politically correct, or you can get your faith out and say, "You know what? I'mma believe God". And what happens is we've had too many choices. But when we move all those choices out of the way, when there's only one choice that remains and that's God. When you're ready to believe him, I want you to know he already knows what you need and he's already made provisions for what you need.
Now, let's go to Philippians chapter 4 and 6. You're familiar with this in the King James Philippians chapter 4 and 6. And as we look at this, what am I doing tonight? I'm just like pouring that Word in. Just like you're at the gas station putting gas in your tank, I'm just putting this Word in your tank. I mean, bless God, you're gonna be so fired up after this thing tonight, you're just gonna wonder why you sat there so long and allowed the stress of everything to come over you, praise God. We win, praise the Lord. Yes, it's a new normal. Yes, it's just crazy times right now. But you know what? You know, Jesus Christ didn't get on the cross and say, "Oops, I forgot about coronavirus". He has taken care of it. All is well. Look what he says here. He says, "Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God".
Now, let's look at this in the NLT. Be careful for nothing, or don't worry, or don't be full of care. So, one translation says, "Don't worry about anything", the NLT. He says, "Don't worry about anything". Well, I mean, stop right there, stop worrying. Why would he say that, don't worry about anything? He said, "Instead, pray about everything". So, he just told you what to do. Instead of worrying about anything, pray about it. Every time worry comes to your mind, "Father, I just thank you right now that your Word says this". I believe that, you know, one of the definitions we should pray, that we should understand about prayer is saying to God, prayer is saying to God what he's already said in his Word.
And so, that's what I'm talking about now, saying to God what he's already said in his Word. So, he says, don't worry about anything, instead say to God what he's already said in his Word about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Man, those are the instructions right there, don't worry, pray about everything, tell them what you need, and then thank him for what he's done. Man, that's a good prayer right now. So, what is it you're worried about? Instead of worrying about it, pray about it? What is it that you need God to do? Tell him what you need. After you tell him what you need, what do you do? Thank him, for it's already done. Man, I thank God for that Word, and I pray that ministers to you right now and that that really gets into your spirit.
Now, let's look at 1 Peter chapter 5 and verse 7, 1 Peter chapter 5 and verse 7. Now, these are some familiar Scriptures, but this, this really struck my thinking today. 1 Peter chapter 5, and I'd like to start at verse 5, if you will, because I want to show you the grace of God in this and how important it is for us to go this way. 1 Peter chapter 5, verse 5 through 7. And now verse 5, he says this, "Likewise you younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility", now, be clothed with humility.
Now, what does it mean to be a humble person? When you're walking in humility, you're walking in submission to what God told you to do. And so, I'm walking in humility, I'm walking in submission and obedience to what God told me to do. I'm humbling myself before God. He says, "For God resisteth the proud". Now, being prideful is just the opposite. It's a guy who goes against what God says. It's a guy who won't cooperate with what God says. That's a prideful man. And the Bible says he resists the prideful man. I mean, think about it, if you're going against everything God says, you're a practical man and you're not submitted to what he says.
And there are people in the world, you go to preaching the Word of God to them, they'll resist it. "Ah, I don't believe that, that's that church stuff". I tell you what, you better get some of this church stuff, you gonna need it, praise God. He said, so God resists the proud, but look what he says. "And he gives grace to the humble". There's something about just submitting yourself under the mighty hand of God and under the Word of God.
Now, look at verse 6. In light of that now, he says, "So humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God". That's why I'm gonna submit my life to God. I'm gonna submit my life to what his Word says. I'm gonna submit my life to what he tells me to say and what he tells me to do. And the Word God, it's the reason why you hadn't lost your mind. The Word of God, man, I'm gonna submit myself to the Word. I don't want to submit myself to religion. I don't want to submit myself even to my emotions that are negative. Negative emotions will take you down a wrong path. I don't want to get up here and say, "Well, I really believe God heard me tonight because, man, when I was praying, I felt something. Well...", no, no, no, God didn't say when you feel something, that's when you know you, that he really heard you. No, God heard me because he said when I pray and ask in the name of Jesus, he hears me, and that's what I'm basing that on.
Are you willing to submit yourself to the Word of God? Or are you gonna submit yourself to everything else except the Word of God? You're submitting yourself to everything except God's Word. You know, he says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God", why? "That he may exalt you in due time". I'm telling you, God's getting ready to exalt you because we're submitting ourselves to the mighty Word of God.
Look at verse 7, here's what I'm after. Now, he says, submit yourself under the mighty hands of God, humble yourself. Well, what was he referring to? Verse 7 is what he's referring to. He said, Cast all your cares upon him 'cause he cares for you. He says, When cast your care on him, you're walking in humility. When you refuse to cast your care on him, you're walking in pride. And if you walking in humility, you'll increase with more grace. If you walk in pride, then he resisteth the pride. What's he referring to? He's referring to casting your care upon him. Will you cast the care over on the Lord? Or will you say, "I'm gonna carry it myself", and move into self-preservation, which is governed by fear? He says, "Cast your care on me because I care for you".
Well, in the name of Jesus, whatever care that you've been carrying all day today, whatever care that you've been carrying all week, whatever care this country and this world's been carrying, I'm asking you to humble yourself and cast your care upon God, why? He said, "I care for you. I care for you". You know what he's really saying? "I can't help you if you don't follow my instructions. I'm trying to take your care away, but you won't give it to me. I'm trying to show you that I care for you by taking your care, but I need you to cast it". Some of you just want to hold on to everything. "Oh, did you hear about my mama? Oh God, I didn't pass the test". You just wanna, you just want to just keep everything and God is saying cast it on him.
So, what are your cares? Cast all your care on him, why? He cares for you. Now, do it now. Do it right now. In fact, take it in your hands, just put it in your hands and just ball your hands up and just come on, do it like this, all right now just throw it, wham, now throw it. That's a symbolic just picture of you casting in your care on him because he cares for you. Now, this Scripture really blessed me today. Look at Psalms 55, verse 22. Psalms 55, and verse 22. Man, I feel some of you, you know, you came tonight kind of empty and now you're just filling up, praise God. Look at what he said in verse 22. He said, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved". Now, look at that in The Message Bible. "Cast thy burden upon the Lord. He will sustain you".
Boy, that's a powerful promise. Look what he said in The Message, "Pile your troubles on God's shoulders, he'll carry your load, and he'll help you out. He'll never let good people topple into ruin". He'll never let good people topple into ruin. I'mma read that one more time. You get a hold of this. Pile your troubles on God shoulders back. He'll carry your load. He'll help you out. How many of you need some help? He says, "I'll help you out". He will never let good people topple into ruin.
So, I know some of you are thinking you're at the brink of being ruined and, "Oh, dear God", you know, some of the pastors may be thinking, "Oh God, what are we gonna do? What are we gonna do? They won't let us have church". And you think, "Oh, we're gonna be ruined". No, no, no, no, God's not gonna let you be ruined. Or some of you people who got your business and you started your businesses, and "Oh, my God, they're making me close. Oh, I'm gonna be ruined". No, you're not gonna be ruined. You're not gonna be ruined. Now, you stand on that right now. God will never let good people topple in ruin, praise God. So, I mean rejoice over that. I'm not gonna be ruined. I don't, I don't care if you start a business last week and they closed it up last night. He's not gonna let you be ruined, so you need to rejoice and quit worrying about that and pile your troubles on God's shoulders, and he'll begin to take care of you.
Now, look at Proverbs 12:25, I'm gonna read it in the King James and in the New Living translations, Proverbs 12:25, King James and the New Living Translation. Now, you know, I hope you're sensing this. I mean, this got me so fired up today, praise God. Verse 25, he says, "Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop, but a good word maketh it glad".
Now, look at this in the New Living Translation. That's what I'm gonna be doing. That's what Taffi and I are gonna be doing. We gonna fill you up with Word, man. Look what he says, "Worry weighs a person down, encouraging word cheers a person up". There you go. That's what we're doing here tonight. Worry weighs a person down, an encouraging word cheers a person up. I pray you be full of cheer. I pray you be full of cheer. Fill yourself up, man, with the Word of God and when you fill yourself up with the Word, you fill yourself up with cheer, you fill yourself up with cheer.
Now, look at Proverbs 15, verse 13 in The Message Bible. Proverbs 15:13 in The Message translation. Now, the Bible is just so full of things that address every issue that we're going through, but it's a battle for your mind, ladies and gentlemen. Satan wants your mind. That's one of the reasons fear is there. It's a battle for your mind. The mind is the arena of faith, you're gonna win it or lose it in your mind. Now, watch this, "A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day". You understand what we're gonna be doing? We're gonna be bringing some cheer to you through this technology. A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face.
Man, I want you to have a smile on your face and that that'll freak people out, especially unbelievers, when they see you holy Christians with a smile on your face. I mean, I went to the store today, and I don't believe I saw anybody with a smile on their face so I decided to show my pearly whites, praise God. A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face, he says, but a sad heart, and I'm gonna tell you right now, a sad heart is gonna be a heart that's not getting the Word. A sad heart makes it hard to get through the day, and I don't want you to have a hard time getting through the day, that's why starting Monday, I'mma set things up to make sure your heart is full of cheer every single day, every single day. And I'm gonna do whatever it takes to make sure the World Changers nation is nourished, and that they're happy, and they have a smile on their face, and they're defeating the devil every single day, amen.
This is, I believe, this is a test and a challenge to see what Christian folks, if they really believe what they say they believe, and we believe, praise God. We're law-abiding citizens and we believe God. And I'm telling you, we're coming out of this thing. I mean to tell you we're coming out, it's gonna be amazing. And I'm telling you this world's gonna need us, and so we need to take this time to get equipped and prepared to minister to the domino effects of the epidemic of fear. We gotta get ready for that, amen?
Now, look at Proverbs chapter 3:5 and 6. This is a familiar Scripture. Proverbs 3:5 and 6. And, you know, I'm using all my time just like I do, you know, if you were here. And praise God, got a few minutes left, I want to just get some more Scriptures. Proverbs 3, verses 5 and 6. Now, this is a big, big phrase, "Trust in the Lord". Trust in the Lord. Rely on him. Lean on him, glory to God. Trust in the Lord. Rely on him. Lean confidently on him. You know, there are a lot of things you can lean on, self being one of them. But I'm asking you to try to lean on him. Let's lean on God.