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 [Please refer to the entire chapter]
Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday and talk about tools to overcome fear. The glaring question, if fear is such a problem, is “How do we overcome it?” Let me give you one word that says it all and then expand on that – – T R U T H. You overcome fear with truth! Sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no but here we go.
First, I believe that we MUST know “Who God Is”. Also, we MUST know “What Jesus Has Done”. The 1st Adam had dominion but lost it and the Last Adam (Jesus) won it back and brought to us redemption. Let’s look at some Bible passages that hopefully will help us understand better.
Paul begins in Galatians 3 by talking about Witchcraft and its deceptive powers over the hearts and minds of people, even believers. In [vv.6-9] we find that we become sons and daughters through “faith”. In [vv. 13-14] we find that the Abrahamic Covenant is ours as believers through faith and our position as sons and daughters. In [vv. 19-21] we learn that it is not set aside by The Law – [Sinatic Covenant]. And, in [vv. 25-29] we find that we are Heirs by faith through the Work of Christ Jesus our Lord! I don’t know about you, but that makes my heart sing for joy!
We are told in Galatians 5:1 – “It was for freedom that Christ set us free….” Additionally, Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:18-23 has to be considered. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the Glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” WOW!
I hope you will take time to read Ephesians 2:11-16 and see that we are One Body through the Cross. Then, in [vv. 19-22] that we are being “fitted and framed together” as a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. The Body of Christ, individually, are being melded together to make up the true Body of Christ! Tragically, we resist that “fitting” and “framing” because it is sometimes painful and the rough edges have to be knocked off for us to “fit perfectly” in the place He wants us to be. Self must take a back seat to the Kingdom! Paul informs us in Ephesians 3:6 that, “…the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers in Christ through the gospel.” God’s Covenant Promises are ours and that alone should help us to battle All Fear!
Colossians 1:9-14 – “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…. 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” NKJV
We find in Colossians 2:9-10 that we are made “complete” in Him. My question is “How Complete Is Complete?” Verses 13-15 give us some powerful points that we cannot afford not to identify:
- We are alive together with Christ.
- He has canceled out our debt.
- He took it completely out of the way.
- And, He has disarmed the devil making a public display of him triumphing over him.
Now, with that in mind where does “fear” have any place in our hearts or minds? Colossians 2:19 is the key to understanding. It is through our holding fast to the Head (Jesus) that the Body is nourished and knit together and grows and increases! Please think about who you are In Christ!
Acts 3:19-21 – “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” NKJV
Couple that with the truth given us in Hebrews 8:6 that, through Jesus, we have a Better Covenant established on Better Promises. If you really read the Abrahamic Covenant you will see some incredibly spectacular promises and the writer of Hebrews tells us that the New Covenant is even better than the Old!
HEAR ME CAREFULLY:
- Satan no longer has any legal claim on us or this Earth.
- Jesus totally stripped him of his authority.
- We do not have to “take it back”; Jesus already has so we need to learn to “Live in it.”
- Restoration is not you and I taking something back from the devil. No! It is receiving what Jesus has already taken. In fact, the Tabernacle is a picture of the Christian walk. It identifies the process that first there is “birth” then “growth”.
NOW, I want you to wrap your thinking around this truth that you cannot live in something that you do not know is Available! Therefore, our task and responsibility are to Live In God’s Covenant and thereby do the work of God. In that state, we can Take Back what has been lost and live in the fullness of God’s Covenant because Jesus already has won it for us! Hallelujah! Faith is seeing what God says, what God is, what God has done and saying, “Thank you” then, walking in the provision without fear or doubt!
I have said for years that as believers, our purpose is to manifest Jesus not just represent Him. Too many in the Church are doing the latter when they should be doing the former. I can hire an attorney to represent me, but he can never manifest me because he is not “of me”. My children, to a degree, can manifest me because they are “of me” but they can also “represent me”. We are “of Him” because we are “in Him” and we need to allow Him to Live His Life Through Us! When we truly grasp that picture Fear will find no place to lodge in our hearts or minds!
May the Lord bless you richly is my prayer and enable you to walk in the fullness of His Promises and to do so WITH NO FEAR!