Luke 21:7-36… Key Verse: 26 – FEAR.
Last time we began laying a foundation for understanding and consideration of Covenant. Today, we will pick up where we left off and continue. The Problem, as we saw last time is rooted in FEAR and that demands a question be asked and answered. How do we control something we cannot control, in the natural? I don’t mean to be confusing but if you go back to the beginning, to the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Adam you realize that we participated in Adam’s sin, the Cosmic Rebellion. No, we were not there but through the inherent doom that came upon the race through sin we are participants through Disobedience. It was in the Fall that man became the Center of his Universe.
The snake came to Adam and Eve and suggested, “you shall be as God…” Simply, Adam & Eve fired God as God and installed self on the throne of their lives and we do the same in our rejection Him. That was and is the Ultimate Rebellion. Romans 6:16 informs us “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” By Disobeying God, they obeyed the devil and through that act became his slaves. The Dominion was lost. Spiritual Authority was lost. Power was lost. Relationship was lost and Covenant was lost. In that sense, man was born-again backward. It was not simply eating the fruit of the tree that plunged the race into depravity but DISOBEDIENCE. It could have been a bridge over a stream that God said, “Don’t Cross”. It was DISOBEDIENCE!
I would never lessen the reality that the devil is a supernatural being and we are natural beings, therefore when he, as with Job, brings things into our path, in our natural strength we are no match for him. It is there that FEAR rushes in like a flood. As long as we occupy the throne of our lives we are a target for Fear. However, if our focus is God and on God – FEAR IS BANISHED!
There are two approaches or ways to handle Fear. In Psalm 56:3, David said, “When I am afraid I put my Trust in Thee…” Isaiah said in Isaiah 12:2, “Behold God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid…” Both are good, but which is better? Would that not be to TRUST first and not fear rather than FEAR first and then trust. Both bring us to a place of victory but one eliminates some of the pain. Jesus promised and assured us in Luke 12:32, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for our Father has chosen to gladly give you the Kingdom.” The writer of Hebrews declared in 13:6, “…so that we can confidently say, The Lord is My Helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” John said in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” The Psalmist, in 27:1-3, spoke of God and His promises, power and purpose in life and how that assures us so that fear cannot grip us. Likewise, in Psalm 31:13-14, 20 does the same. The writer of Proverbs challenges us in 1:33, “But he who listens to me shall live, and shall be at ease from the dread of evil.” The Paul instructed Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity (fear), but of power and love and discipline (soundness of mind).” One of the most powerful challenges with regard to Trust and Fear is in Proverbs 10:24, “What the wicked fears will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted.”
I am not speaking of a momentary bout with FEAR but becoming FEARFUL and thereby becoming wicked. We need to remember that it is a “Spirit of Fear.” I love Hebrews 12:14, where the writer speaking of the work of Christ on the Cross said, “Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render POWERLESS (unemploy) him who HAD (past tense) the power of death, that is, the devil.” HALLELUJAH! Then in verse 15 he says, “and might deliver those who through FEAR OF DEATH were subject to slavery all their lives.” There are two groups of people on earth. Those enslaved by the Fear of Death and those who have been delivered. Which are you? Isaiah 8:12 urges, “…you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.” WHY? We have Hope in Christ. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. We are BORN AGAIN and our names are Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. WE ARE SAVED and have become New Creations in Christ Jesus!
FEAR is rampant in our world and Jesus spoke of the end times in Luke 21 and warned that men’s hearts would fail them from fear, and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world… If we are to overcome Fear, understand Covenant, and become ALL that God wants us to be we MUST learn the method and means of overcoming FEAR.
I will pause here and pick up next time and hopefully, we can discover how to dispel Fear in our lives and walk in full victory in Christ Jesus. God bless you richly on this wonderful day!