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Numbers 13:27 And they told him that we came to the land where you sent us and it does flow with milk and honey; and this is the fruit from it. 28 However, the people are strong that live in the land and the cities are walled and very large: and also we saw the children of Anak there. C-MATS

Question: What is wrong with frightening people by bringing them bad reports about world events? Causing people fear, not only damages their physical and emotional health, but can also cause them to act in a harmful and reckless way. We are in this world to be kind to and help others and certainly not the opposite. We should focus on what יהוה can do to protect us, not what harm a world situation can bring us. Where is your faith-in the world system or יהוה?

Question: Deut 10:20 את־ יהוה your Elohim you will fear אתו Him; serve Him and cling to Him and swear by His name. We have been taught that one should be afraid of no one but יהוה. What do you think this means? It doesn’t mean that יהוה is ‘angry’ or ‘scary’. יהוה is the most loving, caring Being imaginable. It means that when we set out to do something worthwhile, we shouldn’t fear any obstacles – human or otherwise – that try to get in our way. ‘Fearing’ יהוה, means that we understand how important and beneficial it is to us to have a close spiritual connection to יהוה and being afraid of acting in any way that could weaken or distance that connection.

Psalms 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 4 In Elohim I will praise His word, in Elohim have I put my trust, I will not be afraid; what can flesh do to me? C-MATS

Psalms 118:6 יהוה is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me? C-MATS

Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down and your sleep shall be sweet. C-MATS

Question: How do you think a person should react to a rumor he hears? If the rumor has no practical effect on our lives-best to just let it go in one ear and out of the other. If it could affect us were it true then we can keep in mind that it might possibly be true and act to protect ourselves if necessary, but we should never do anything to harm anyone else because of it.

Question: “Not everything thought must be said; not everything said must be written down; nor must everything written down be published”. What do you think is the lesson in that statement? The message is that we should take our ability to communicate seriously. We should know that our words carry a great potential to either heal or harm, and we should think twice before we either speak or believe what we hear.

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