“Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win. Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible [crown in heaven]. I therefore run like that, not aimlessly. I fight like that, not beating the air, but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.” – Paul in 1 Cor. 9:24-27
Paul warned us: “work out your own salvation through fear and trembling….” Biblical, new covenant“fear” has to be much more than just “reverence,” what is commonly taught today, because Paul says to “tremble.” We should fear something serious will happen to us if we don’t work out our own salvation. It’s a big deal!
Since Proverbs says “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, is this what has happened to America, so we’ve now seen how easily the majority were gripped with fear because of Covid, and many still are, eager to be vaxxed and masked, not even interested in the real solution: high enough vitamin D? They’re not at peace.
What 1 John 4 actually says about “perfect love”
It’s supposed to be about us perfectly loving, not accepting Jesus’ perfect love, what is commonly taught almost everywhere. Then we have no fear, but perfect peace, the fruit of the Spirit:
16 We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this, love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so we are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out, because fear has [to do with] punishment [Romans 8:1-17 actual condemnation from walking according to the flesh, not according to the Spirit, so we’re not abiding in Christ Jesus (especially clear in the Gideons’ ESV NT, NKJV & WEB.]. He who fears is not made perfect in love.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. … 4 that the ordinance of the lawmight be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. …
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. 15 For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; 17 and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.
Without wisdom, without walking in perfect love, fearful people are vulnerable to Fauci’s and the MSM’s lies, are easily deceived and manipulated, weak, so our country is in great turmoil.
Worship Without the Son
Few Christians actually rest in Christ, at peace. “Worship” is basically fake (most people not worshiping in Spirit and in truth with clean hands and heart), so in many churches the volume is cranked loud to make people feel like something is happening, when the truth is God is “resisting the proud, but longs to give grace to the humble — longs for Jesus’ prayer in John 17 to be fulfilled, and longs to see God’s Ephesians 4:11-16 standard happen — “the fullness of the Gentiles” in Romans 11 — the greatest revival, maybe even 1 billion souls — ONE happening “that the world will know!”
Jesus’ prayer in John 17
13 But now I come to you, and I say these things in the world, that they may have my joy made full in themselves. [As in John 15:11: I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full.] … 17 Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. 20 Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one; 23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me and loved them, even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. …that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error[the “itching ears … fables” – 2 Tim. 4 that Paul predicted, which does require a lot of hermenutical gymnastics]; 15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ, 16 from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.
Here is Paul himself fearing losing his own salvation, so he made sure he ran his race to win, always making sure his conscience was clear — no compromise:
“In this I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.” [Which may require reconciliation, like the girl in Asbury (“I just hit my 34th person and I’m free!) and Evan Roberts’ point #1b in the Welsh revival (“put any wrong done to man right again”)] – Acts 24:16
Athletes can’t compromise during training and still win the race. They bring their bodies into full submission.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (Words in brackets mine):
Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win. Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible [eternal life in heaven]. I therefore run like that, not aimlessly [focused]. I fight like that, not beating the air, but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.