“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (I Corinthians 14:33).
Where there is confusion, God is not there!
Where there is unrest, God is not there.
Where there is chaos, God is not there.
Where there is no peace, God is not there.
Where there is fear, God is not there.
Where there is division, God is not there.
Where there is hatred, God is not there.
Where God is–peace abides.
Where God is–love reigns.
Where God is–His Word lives within.
Where God is–there is hope.
Where God is–there is unity of the Spirit of Christ with our spirits.
When God is not given control over a situation–whether in the home, the community or a nation, confusion is bound to rise and with it–unrest, hatred, and fear. We have no need to fear anything or anyone, if the Spirit of the Lord, abides within us.
If our faith is in man, we do God an injustice, for He has warned us to not place our trust in man, but in Him alone. Our misplaced faith is the cause of confusion, terror, and disobedience to God.
No man (or woman) should ever have a priority in our lives when it comes to seeking truth about God’s Word. He and He alone is worthy of our praise and He and He alone has the answer to all of our questions. When a person thinks they have all the answers, they are deluded because they do not know all the questions. Ignoring God–and a thorough study of His Word--leads to thorough confusion since everyone who has not sought God, will have their own interpretation of what He has said.
God does not tell us to just “read His Word,” but to study–to show ourselves approved by Him–a workman that need not be ashamed when they are accurately teaching The Word!
What does it mean to study The Word? One must understand that every event in history is not recorded in the Bible because if it was, no one would be able to have access to it, but one must understand the events in history in order to know the Bible’s representation of certain events are true. Then, one must understand who every writer of the Bible was addressing, what was happening when they spoke or wrote, and to whom they were addressing their instructions and warnings. Every scripture can be confirmed when one knows how to align them with one another. One must also understand how language plays an important part from the Old to the New Testament. One must have an ability to understand inference, and when figurative language is used versus literal implication. There is no verse of scripture that stands alone, but all intertwine for our good, so we can know God’s truth, not man’s thoughts.
If there is thorough confusion in your home, your neighborhood, or nation–God is not there, but we know who initiates the confusion. God is the author and finisher of our faith–not mankind.
You write “Where there is fear, God is not there.”, but should human beings not fear God?
The “fear” I’m referencing in this post–is being afraid and intimidated. Timothy reminds us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. The “fear” you are referencing is the “reverential respect and honor” of God. If we are His children and know He loves us, why should we fear Him? Only those who are actively disobedient to His Will need to be afraid of what will happen to them in the end. The rest of us can move through this journey of life, honoring Him with our very beings, understanding that we have no need to fear what will happen to us–we know. In the end, we win and our position in heaven is assured because we live His Word.
Only those who shall live according to the commandments of God shall be able to enter the Kingdom of God, which shall be here on earth.
And your point? Is this debatable or are you concurring? “The fear (reverential respect and honor) of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.But fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7) This contextual meaning of the word “fear” is not the same as in 2 Timothy 1:7. A study of a good concordance will bring this to light!