THE BATTLE BEFORE THE BATTLE… [Part III]


Spiritual Blog - Faith

Luke 21:7-36…  Key Verse: 26 – FEAR.

Hopefully, we have stirred your interest and challenged you to delve into the Word of God and discover His beautiful truths and promises.  I believe that everyone can easily and readily acknowledge that The Seeds of Fear Are Everywhere Apparent today.  Let me walk through some events in Scripture and then speak of our modern era.

In the Book of Judges, we find the account of Gideon’s deliverance of Israel.  He began out-numbered 4:1 and God said, “Hold on Gideon, you have too much help.”  What?  He sent 22,000 of his 32,000 home and the odd jumped from 4:1 to 13.5:1 and God said, “Still too many.”  I can only imagine what Gideon and those with him thought.  When the dust settled God left Gideon with 300 men making the odds about 450:1 and opened the door wide to FEAR of epic proportions.  But, rather than going in Fear they went in Faith because their focus was God not their ability or the odds.

In Joshua 23:10 we have Covenant Understanding where there is NO FEAR because there is RIGHT FOCUS.  “One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, JUST AS HE PROMISED.”  That’s Covenant!  How about Leviticus 26:8, “Five you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand.”  WOW!  Sign me up!  Remember Deuteronomy 28:7, “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way and shall flee before you seven ways.”  Then in 32:30 we read, “How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight UNLESS their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up?”  IT IS GOD, not US.  With God, all things are possible and if the LORD be for us who can be against us and what difference would it make who is against us.

When we consider various conditions existing in our world today we see some common threads that reveal what the objective of the devil is – FEAR.  The movies coming out of Hollywood are setting us up and bombarding us with the Seeds of Fear.  The mass shootings and terrorism are allowing Fear to grip the hearts of many.  The military unrest in the world is causing the same kind of fears we had in the 50’s and 60’s where we feared a nuclear war at any time.  The political propaganda campaigns are designed to cause people to FEAR.  The natural disasters are cause for many to live in a constant state of Fear.  The devil knows that if he can make us FEAR he can control us and manipulate us.  But, Luke 12:32 reminds us of a powerful promise that should banish fear, “Fear not little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”  Jesus’ message to the Church in Smyrna in Revelation was DO NOT FEAR.

How do we overcome FEAR?  The most powerful tool to dispel fear is TRUTH.  Jesus said, “You shall know the TRUTH and the truth will make you free.”  Pilate asked, “What is Truth?” and Jesus said in other places, “Father, thy Word is Truth.”  Jesus also said, “I am the Way the TRUTH, and the Life.”  So, we dispel fear by Knowing God, knowing Who God is and what Jesus did on the Cross for us.  The first Adam lost dominion and the second Adam won it back and purchased it with His Blood.

In Galatians 3, Paul warned about falling under the spell of “witchcraft” in verses 6-9 as he brought to the forefront of their minds the Promises of God to Abraham.  In verses 13-14, he reminds us that the Abrahamic Covenant belongs to believers of all ages.  In verses 19-21, he argues that the Abrahamic Covenant was not set aside by the Sinaitic Covenant and in verses 25-29 he informs us that we are HEIRS BY FAITH to the Covenant and Promises of God.  In Galatians 5:1, Paul tells us that we are free and that “it was for Freedom that Christ has set us free…”  In Ephesians 1:18-23, Paul prayed that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened and we would KNOW the Hope of His Calling and what the riches of His Glory in our inheritance is.

In Ephesians 2, Paul powerfully informs us that we are ONE BODY in Christ Jesus and as the One New Man we are partakers of His Promises and are being fitted and framed together into HIS CHURCH.  In Ephesians 3 he reminds us that we are fellow heirs and partakers of the Promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.  In Colossians 1 & 2 we discover that through Jesus we are delivered from the devil and transferred into God’s kingdom, partakers of His grace and covenant and MADE COMPLETE IN HIM.  I have to ask “How Complete is Complete?

In Colossians 2:19 we find a Key to Understanding, “And holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied [never paths, supply routes] and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.”  From Jesus through fellow believers we are supplied with His Power and Provision and as we KNOW who we are in Him and what He has done in and for us FEAR CANNOT SURVIVE!  It is there that we can enter into the Wonderful World of Covenant and become all that God wants us to be!  Faith is seeing what God says, what God is, what God has done and simply saying, “Thank You” and then walking in the Provision without Fear!

God bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him.