THE BATTLE BEFORE THE BATTLE – – Part III


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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!

THE BATTLE BEFORE THE BATTLE – – Part II…


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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 read the entire chapter]

 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!