Luke 21:26 – “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” NKJV
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Let’s pick up where we left off regarding FEAR because that is the problem. But, how do we get in control to face something that we cannot control? We participated in Adam’s sin! It was a “cosmic rebellion” of the first order. It was The Sin that doomed the race, in Adam. The Cosmic Rebellion involved “disobedience” but it was even worse because it represented man becoming the center of His universe rather than God being the center. Remember the words of the serpent to Adam & Eve – “… you shall be as God…” In essence, they and we (in them) fired God as God and installed “self” on the throne of our lives in an attempt to be God. It was The Ultimate Rebellion!
Romans 6:16 – “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves, slaves, to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” NKJV
By disobeying God, man obeyed the devil and through that act, he became the servants of Satan. Man “lost” dominion! He “lost” authority! He “lost” power! He “lost” relationship! He “lost” covenant! L O S T ! ! ! In a sense, we were born-again” backward.
We have to remember 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 selves we are no match for them and FEAR rushes in like a flood! I suggest that as long as we deem ourselves as the supreme potentate sitting on the throne of our lives we are a prime target for fear! However, if our focus is truly God – We Do Not Fear!
Luke 12:32 – “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” NKJV
Hebrews 13:6 – “so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” NASU
1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” NKJV
Psalms 27:1-3 – “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.” NKJV
Psalms 31:13-14 – “For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life. 14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are my God.” NASU
Psalms 31:20 – “You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.” NASU
Proverbs 1:33 – “But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.” NASU
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” NKJV
Proverbs 10:24 – [Key – – You must get this straight in your minds] – “What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted.” NASU [Please understand we are not talking about a momentary bout with fear but becoming fearful and being wicked. It is a spirit of fear!]
That is a lot of scripture but germane to our discussion and needful. As we look to the Cross we find the great truth embedded in Hebrews 2:14-15 – “Therefore, since 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, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” NASU
Basically, I see “two groups” of people on Earth, those who live in Slavery to the “Fear of Death” and those who “have been delivered.” In fact we read in Isaiah 8:12 – “…you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.” NASU In simplistic terms, there are two categories of people, those who have been born again (Saved) and those who have not (Lost).
FEAR is a crippling problem for every person saved or lost and for those of us who are part of the Kingdom of God it is a problem that we MUST overcome and can only overcome through a “change of focus”. We must allow God to be the “Center of our Universe” and the “Lord of our lives.” If we do that, we can walk in the victory that comes with a FEARLESS LIFE!
I will pause here and pick this up again tomorrow and discuss “The Seeds of Fear”. May the Lord be with you as you walk into the joy of fearlessness in Jesus!