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Hello my friends in the Lord. I was blessed profoundly, by this Man of God who I really respect and celebrate, Rev Reinhard Bonnke, the founder of CFAN (Christ for all Nations). Please read on. (Copied)


Faith and Fear (Part 2) Analysis of Sin
                
by Reinhard Bonnke
            
        
         
         
Sin in Scripture is tied to unbelief. When we have no faith  in God, we have no fear of God. Unless we fear God, we will certainly be  sinful. If God is treated with contempt, His judgments and holiness  will be mocked. No belief in God means no restraint on evil.  The cause of any major rise in crime is the loss of belief in the  judgment of God. That is the ultimate sanction. Abraham went to Gerar  and said, “Surely the fear of God is not in this place” (Genesis 20:11).  So he was afraid they would kill him to take his wife.  If we scorn God’s power and greatness, we deprive ourselves. God has  shown us what He is, not just so we will say, “Aren’t you wonderful  God!” It is not to impress us but to bless us. This is what He is toward  us. Unbelief cuts the power off. Paul said that he prayed constantly  for the Ephesians so this would not happen. “[I pray] the eyes of your  understanding being enlightened; that you may know…the exceeding  greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18–19).  Nobody adds anything to his or her life by unbelief. It is a dead  negative. Faith particularly acts against the fears that populate the  future and cause a thousand other fears to haunt us. We either fear God  or we fear everything else.  Without faith, people turn everywhere for assurance, even in the most  useless and pathetic directions. People turn even to the quiet stars,  studying the signs of the Zodiac, looking for signs of good luck,  casting around like shipwrecked mariners for a rock on which to cling.  Isaiah observed all this nearly three thousand years ago and said, “And  when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who  whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God? Should they  seek the dead on behalf of the living?” (Isaiah 8:19)  The man who fears God fears nothing. This is what the Lord says, “Do not  learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed at the signs of  heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them” (Jeremiah 10:2). We  recognize God in all His awesome greatness and His power to save us, and  nothing has greater power.
 
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