A Passion for Christ Ministries: August 2005 Newsletter        

“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul” Acts 4:32(a)


Fear, fear, fear . . . disobedience brings fear. When you’re on God’s side, there’s no need to fear but to those who are constantly disobeying the true and living God, fear will always be your constant companion. Why not come out of all that fear today, child of God! Let the Lord set you completely free. Fear will lead you to total destruction.

Fear takes over

Unlike the disobedient, many true children of God have been suffering with fear at the hands of the enemy. Fear takes people over, causing them to doubt their salvation, healing, baptism in the Holy Ghost and God’s word.

No need to fear

If you are close to God, there’s no need to fear. Don’t let the enemy trick you and keep you from enjoying the greatest time on planet earth. This is the final hour and the Lord has placed you on center stage to behold His greatest hour for mankind; His greatest hour of manifesting His greatness to the known world. That includes you!

Full of fear

Fear will rob you, rob you, rob you. There you are looking to the Lord . . . full of fear. Fear will take you right out of the prayer chamber, leaving you in pits of despair, oppression, depression and even thoughts of suicide. Get up from there and move. It’s time to move! It’s time to move into God’s great love. God loves you and His hands are tied when you are dwelling in fear.

We all feel fearful at times but we shouldn’t dwell in fear. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7) Fear. Fear has torment and it can destroy you. You must put your faith into action.

God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) Now you have faith. You couldn’t have the blood of Jesus on your soul without it. Use that same faith and let the Lord love that fear right out of you. First John 4:18, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.

Fear caused man to fail

Fear caused man to fail God. How God enjoyed walking and talking with the man and woman He had made. It gave Him such joy; brought a smile to His face, I’m sure. There in the Garden of Eden, man enjoyed a wonderful fellowship with the God that made him from the dust of the ground. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26,27) Man failed God, was removed from the Garden of Eden, and lived a constant life in fear. From that day until now man has been plagued with fear, fear, fear.

Adam and his wife hid

When God went looking for the man and woman that He had made, they weren’t in their place. When you are not in your place, it can lead to a life of fear. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. (Genesis 3:8-10)

Disobedience brings bondages of fear

Disobedience brings great bondages of fear. Because of the disobedience of the first Adam, people have been holding onto fear regarding becoming ill, understanding God’s word, and even their being taken in the Rapture. This is not God’s will for those who are totally obedient to Him.

The first Adam was never to have known fear, never to have experienced fear, torment, despair, crying, or death. God the Father sent the perfect remedy for fear, His Precious Lamb, Jesus Christ. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (I John 4:18) Jesus is our love atonement. Through Christ, you can be rid of whatever fear is holding onto you today. Rise up, child of God!

Are you afraid?

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth (Luke 21:26). Are you afraid of what may happen on tomorrow? Do you sit and worry about your health? Do you let the enemy pound you with bad thoughts and concerns about your state of mind?

Does the enemy worry you about your memory and your physical strength? Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1) Our society is plagued with violence and destruction. There is so much going on and if you don’t have your eyes fixed on the right things, fear with get a hold of you and attempt to get inside you.

My words shall not pass away

This is the hour that the Bible speaks very plainly about. This is an hour of Bible fulfillment. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:34,35) You must have your mind anointed fresh each day and stay focused on the things of God. This is the greatest hour of planet earth’s existence. Why, the prophets of old desired to see your day.

He began to sink

That’s exactly what happened to Peter one day. One minute his eyes were on Jesus and the next minute his eyes were on what was happening around him and he began to sink.

And when the disciples saw him [Jesus] walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come.

And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, Save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. (Matthew 14:26-32)

Until Pentecost

Keep Peter ever before you. He was always up and down until Pentecost. This should serve as a great example to all. You will always come up short without the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Like Peter, a person can think that they know something that they don’t. Failure to heed God’s word brings great, great volumes of fear. Why pray and pray and fast and fast, only to lose all that you have gained by yielding to fear.

Because of the blood

Thoughts of fear may come but because of the blood of Jesus, you have all that you need to do battle. Daily the Lord is furnishing all that you will need. Your supply can be obtained in the prayer chamber, beginning each morning. You are facing some of your greatest battles ever. We, the bride, have been told that this would be a great, great hour of mind battles.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12) You must study to know all that you can about this hour; the spirit of the enemy, your spirit and the spirit of God. This takes diligence in fasting, praying, and spending valuable time in God’s word. Otherwise, fear, fear, and more fear will be your constant companion. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

Know your enemy

How can you fight an enemy you know nothing about? Peter never knew himself until Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is the God-revealing guide of the Old Testament. He is the Jesus-revealing guide of the New Testament. He has come to show you all things; to make plan paths for your feet in this last and final hour.

Peter failed God

Peter failed God terribly. He gave over to fear. He used man’s opinions. At one time Peter thought he was in authority and Jesus had to rebuke the spirit using him, at that time. While Peter wasn’t devil possessed he had given over to the devil. Fear doesn’t have to be your companion today.

Take a valuable lesson from Peter. He attempted, but failed, so many times within his own strength, not realizing that without the indwelling of Holy Spirit he would always be up and down, in and out. While Peter confessed Jesus to be the Christ, he lacked understanding of the true and complete meaning of Jesus’ purpose here on earth.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:15-16)

Get thee behind me, Satan

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (verses 21-23) Peter had trouble accepting what Jesus was all about.

No more riding the fence

Fear can be a result of not walking close with the Lord. Peter walked afar off, never thinking that it would catch up with him. The bible clearly states That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. (I Peter 1:7) Our love, our faithfulness will be tested in this final hour. There is no more riding the fence. The lukewarmers will be uncovered through trials and persecutions. Unable to endure, they will crumble to tormenting fear.


Peter had been so confident of himself. There was no way that he would give into fear. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. (Matthew 26:33-35)

Like many, Peter had not made himself ready for the soon-coming battle. He trusted in himself and his ability to stand. He had a rude awakening coming. Just like so many today, they are playing church; playing the role of the harlot, attempting to serve two masters but it will never work. Like Peter, you too will be exposed when the trials come. Many think it’s a waste of time to spend so many hours praying, fasting, and going to the house of the Lord. They seek to fill their bellies with the lust of this world. This is such a pleasure-seeking age.


Peter’s Garden of Gethsemane had arrived. Have you been to the Garden? But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. (Matthew 26:58) What fear had crippled Peter. He saw the miracles. Peter was once a true believer, handling the power of God. He was a witness to the miracles performed at the hand of Jesus, yet he would be taken over by fear.

While Peter was a witness to all of this, he never fully gave himself over to God’s will for his life which resulted in great, great fear. Under pressure and unprepared, Peter failed God.

Peter’s choice

Peter would now have to do one of two things. He would have to face his failure or become a complete failure, never able to be used by God again. What would he do?

Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26:69-75)

Taken over by fear

Fear had taken hold of Peter. He cursed and blatantly denied Jesus. At one time, it was obvious that Peter had been with the Master, but no more. He was just like everybody else. That which he had once stood against, had now taken him over. He had strands and traits of the old man.

He wept bitterly

What saved Peter? His repentant heart. And he went out, and wept bitterly. (verse 75) Peter had to come to the end of himself to recognize his weaknesses in life. He didn’t see it coming.

So strong and convincing, Peter never thought he would fail God so terribly. His testimony had been destroyed. What would become of Peter? He repented and got back on his feet!

You’ll have to make it right

He made things right with God. In his weeping, he discovered himself; he discovered that he was nothing without God. He decided to close all doors to a life of fear and move on into the great love of God. It would surely take the great love of God to erase the shame and guilt from Peter’s heart and mind.

Peter had made a choice. He repented and was forgiven and went on to be a great warrior for the Lord. In his brokenness, in his humbleness, Peter found grace. He found forgiveness.

Peter faced truth. He discovered just how weak and foolish he had been. I am sure the devil would try to battle him about his past failure but Peter concluded they were just that, “past failures.” He regretted failing the Lord but settled within himself he couldn’t go back and undo any mistakes. Peter decided to look at the bright side of life and accept God’s great love. Love is what healed Peter. Did you know that?

Your worst enemy

Sometimes you are your cruelest enemy, your greatest critic. Once God had forgiven Peter, it was settled. Fear would no longer hold him captive. I imagine there were those who would always see Peter as the disciple who cursed or the disciple who messed up his life, placing such a mark against the Gospel. Peter, on the other hand, kept his eyes on the promises of God and never looked back again, for certainly he would be totally destroyed at that point.

Never look back

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Matthew 12:43-45)

Come to the end of yourself

Follow Peter’s example and come to the end of yourself, realizing that you are nothing without God. You, who have failed God in the past, let the Lord wipe your slate clean and heal your backsliding. While you may have to suffer some consequences for your actions, the love of God will hold you and help you to bear under the pressure of it all.

Like Peter, now you realize that the devil doesn’t tell you the whole story until he’s done with you. He shields the price that must be paid for sin. You must rise to your feet now. Reason with the Lord. He’s waiting just for you. Peter had to empty up of all the sin, all past failures. He had to face himself, face treading the blood of Jesus underfoot. He may have even compared himself to Judas, who sold Christ or the other disciples who left Jesus once the truth of His mission had been revealed to them. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. (John 6:66)

From generation to generation

Did you know that fear can run in families? You don’t have to accept being just like all the rest. When people will accept truth, they can be delivered and it can be explained to them. They can be delivered and stay delivered forever more but they must maintain a close walk with God. They must have a fervent prayer and fasting life to remain free for the rest of the journey, through the blood. Following hard after God.

Like Peter, you’ve got to accept the truth in this final hour. It’s your only safety. There’s so much counterfeiting going on in so many churches, by so many who call themselves of God. This is the most dangerous hour on planet earth and if you are not living close to God, you will be swept away before you get fixed. The powers of darkness are so strong that that which you hated you will find yourself taking part. This is the deceit of Lucifer. You must have a desire for pure truth. Truth mixed with false will not work. Some people will only accept truth when it is pleasing to them.

Depression and oppression

Fear breads depression and oppression; all of that can run in families. There are so many who live in depression. When you live in it, that’s plain old bondage. Anybody can be depressed momentarily but you are not supposed to stay depressed. If you are depressed all the time, there’s something wrong with you and you are letting the devil’s devices work on you and with you. You can’t permit these things in your life. You can’t allow any unbelief toward what God is doing today in His miracles, in His healings, in the soon coming of the Lord.

You must walk very close to God to stay free. The devil will use different devices on you. He is very cunning. He is very patient. Many underestimate the power of Lucifer.

God will forgive you

Other than blaspheming against the Holy Ghost, no matter what you have done, Jesus Christ will forgive you, never to remember it again. Unlike so many, the Lord will never rub it in your face or hold it against you.

You must, however, purpose in your heart to never, never leave the Lord again. Shame and guilt may seem too much to face but the love of God is so powerful that it can take the sting out of your greatest disappointments. The love of God can raise any soldier to their feet to go on and run this last and final race home.

Run on

Oh, child of God, get up from there and run on, run on, run on to Rapture ground. I’ll see you in the Rapture. You are greatly loved! Please repeat this simple prayer with me, asking God to give you more of His love which will destroy all fear.

Oh, God! I have sinned against you. I am so sorry! I have come home, and I’m going to serve you, Lord, the rest of my life. I do believe. I do believe that you are able to deliver me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness and fear. I want to be free of fear once and for all. I believe that the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, can make me clean and whole and free me of tormenting fear. Come on into my heart and help me. Help me, Lord. I trust and believe that through the blood, I can make it. I do believe that I can make it with your help. Oh, Lord, I want your help. Save my soul. Love me, Jesus. I must have your love. Love me, Jesus. I will answer your call to salvation today. Come on into my heart, Jesus! Come in!

If you meant that prayer, He has come.

Praise Him, He is Yours!

Yours with a Passion for Souls,

Pastor, A Passion for Christ Ministries

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