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Summary: A knot is an ugly thing. It is not something that we desire to have. It gets in the way. But it may just be what we need to help us out.

(K)NOTs of Victory

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless

Knots are seldom considered a desired thing. We don't like them in our fine wood work. We don't want them in our shoelaces. No one likes to feel their stomach all tensed up to the point that they say-- "my stomach is in knots".

The word "not" is always an adverb. An adverb modifies a verb and answers manner, degree, or frequency (as well as other things)

But there are some good nots and they are found throughout the Bible.

I. FEAR NOT

This exact phrase is found no less than 63 times in the Word of God.

God and Jesus both commanded it to their followers. Other godly leaders in the Bible gave the admonition as well.

Fear is a faith killer. A person who is filled with fear cannot advance in certain areas of their life. That fear which troubleth you has to be conquered.

1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Levels of Fear

Depressed

Oppressed

Obsessed

Possessed

Let us not confuse the difference between "being careful" and "being fearful". One will help you to manuever around and dodge the danger. The other will freeze you in your tracks and lead you to spiritual paralysis.

Acting in fear can be more detrimental than doing otherwise.

Personal illustration: When I was a boy, I delivered newspapers in my small hometown. I threw papers from my bicycle. I had a terrible fear of dogs. One day as I passed a house on the route, a big German Shepherd had broke his chain. He saw me and started chasing me. I was pumping the pedals as fast as possible and about to have a heart attack. After racing for a few minutes, my pant leg got caught in the sprocket and threw me to the ground. I frantically got up, looking to see if the dog was about to attack. Then I realized that he was no where to be found. He had pursued only a few hundred feet. Nevertheless, I had caused myself other grief and despair.

Isa 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Isa 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Lu 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

II. FRET NOT

This terminology is used 4 times in the Bible (all in the Psalms).

Ps 37:7 ¶ Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

The word fret in english brings the idea of a child pouting about not getting his or her way.

In the original language, it is the word "charah", and it means to become vexed, upset, grieved, incensed, or enraged.

In each case in the Bible, the action takes place due to an unhealthy pondering and observance of what some unrighteous person or group of persons seems to be getting away with.

The Rest and the Blessing that the Lord wants to give you, may sometimes evade you if you are out of focus. We need to look and meditate on the goodness of God toward us and not consuming our minds with what others may obtain undeservingly.

III. FAINT NOT

The phrase is used on 4 occasions in the New Testament and inferred in one other verse.

More than 30 other verses speak of fainting as a matter to avoid.

Ga 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

2Th 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. {be...: or, faint not }

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Fainting can be caused by a number of things.

Improper diet

Inadequate rest

Insufficient oxygen flow

Excessive nervousness

IV. FAIL NOT

Used 4 times in the Word of God

Your faith will be put to the test.

Lu 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Here the word "fail" signifies to cease or to die.

The devil would love more than anything to see your faith die. Whether by fear, by fretting, or by fainting; he wants you to fail.

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