Luke 21:26 – “men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” NASU
Picking up where we left off yesterday, let’s take the next step in defeating the “Spirit of Fear” and take another step toward walking in “Fearlessness.” I want you to consider the “Seeds of Fear” with me for just a moment. One of the first places I like to go when I discuss this is in Judges 7 and the story of Gideon. Consider the account in a nutshell. In Gideon’s situation we find the following:
Those with Gideon – 32,000. Those with the Enemy – 135,000 (4 to 1) God said sorry Gideon you have too many with you let the fearful go home and 22,000 hit the road making it 10,000 to 135,000 making it (13.5 to 1). How Lovely, Thanks, Lord! Then God said, sorry still too many and when He was through Gideon had an army of 300 men. Let’s see, that makes it 300 to 135,000 or (450 to 1). How would you like those odds? You wouldn’t “unless” your focus and confidence is in God!
This is where “Covenant Understanding” comes into play. Gideon had “no fear” because he had “right focus”. Remember the words of Joshua 23:10 – “One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.” NKJV Then we read in Leviticus 26:8 – “five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.” NASU Still further we find God’s promise in Deuteronomy 28:7 – “The LORD shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.” NASU And, in Deuteronomy 32:30 – “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?” NASU You see with God all things are possible! If the Lord is for us then what does it matter who is against us?
We see things in the natural world that generate “fear” in the hearts of men. The common theme of many movies is “fear” and “paranoia”. We see “mass shootings” and “acts of terror”. There is military and political unrest throughout the world and it intensifies almost daily. The political propaganda is FEAR – – “Social Security, Medicare, Economy, etc.” Also, we are seeing “natural disasters” throughout the world and frequently in unusual and unexpected places and regions of the country and world. Yet in the midst of all this, we have a promise from Jesus.
Luke 12:32 – “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” NKJV
And we dare not forget the message to the Church at Smyrna and to us today.
Revelation 2:10 – “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” NKJV
The enemy is hard at work planting seeds of fear so we must be aware of his schemes and turn our hearts, minds, and focus upon and unto the Lord. Let’s determine in our hearts to allow Him to be Lord of All in our lives.
We will stop there today and pick up tomorrow with a look at “How to overcome fear.” May God be with you and keep you in “perfect peace” because your mind is stayed on Him. Blessings!