DELIVERANCE FROM THE SPIRIT OF FEAR II
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Another week has been unwrapped for us to share in the divine wisdom and the grace of God.
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.
Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes to his spiritual son Timothy imploring him to recognize what God has given him versus what He has not given him. God is not the source of the spirit of fear; God had given Timothy a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. It is necessary to put into perspective the fact that God would only give good gifts to his children.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Jesus spoke to his followers one day and challenged them saying that if they being evil knew how to give good gifts to their children, how much more would their heavenly Father give good gifts to them that asked Him?(Matthew 7:11). Paul in this same mind and spirit reassures Timothy that God would never give him an evil gift such as fear but that on the contrary, he had given him a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
Right in my teens, I begun to have some friends that would come to me and encourage me with popular sayings such as “If you cannot change it, then accept it!”. Some people encouraged me to accept who I was. My spirit however continued questioning who I really was. How was I going to accept a condition of perpetual emotional pain? How was I going to accept to live with a weary heart? How was I going to live with faintness of mind and of spirit? Thank God for the few people that noticed the need to help me, however, these seemed like the friends of Job who much as they wished him well, didn’t have the wisdom to give godly counsel. Our nature is not defined by our earthly experiences. We are not what situations tell us we are. We are not what the world and its experiences say we are and so we can’t accept who we are in that regard; we can only accept who God says we are. Sometimes, we have to politely turn down the counsel of the friends of Job or even send them away if it necessitates to.
There is another kind of friends, the type that Jonathan was to David. These will encourage your hand in the Lord. It is one thing to encourage someone in the Lord and it is another to encourage someone but outside of the Lord. If someone encourages you to accept an infirmity as yours from the Lord and to glorify Him for it, they are being contrary to scripture and thus encouraging you but outside the Lord. Jonathan spoke to David of the promises God had given him and strengthened him therein (1Sam 23:16–18). The communication of our faith becomes effectual by acknowledging every good thing in us in Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:6). In order to overcome fear, it is important to be established in faith by the scriptures. In my own definition, “to acknowledge” is to be agreed with a knowledge. It is not enough to know; one must be agreed with what they know in order to see God work in their lives. Amos asked if two could ever walk together unless they be agreed (Amos3:3). We must be agreed with the Word of God in order for its power and results to operate in our lives. May we never be found to disagree or to even doubt God’s Word. Like Paul says to Philemon may we always be found to not only know the truth but to also be agreed with the truth that we know. That truth only makes us free when we know it a certain way. The Jewish word ‘ginosko’ in John 8:32 refers to an intimate way of knowing.
If then God has not given us a spirit of fear, where then did it come from? It’s the devil that beguiled man into fear. He is the source of it. Understanding this truth would revolutionize a life. We thus refuse and disconnect ourselves from anything that God has not authored or originated in our lives.
1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
The fear that Apostle John was referring to here is not the reverential fear and honor of God; it is the dreadful fear of torment. God is not tormenting us and if He isn’t then why should we ever have dread in our lives? The feeling of torment is a form of deception to them that have been justified in Christ and to those for whom justification by faith is available. Why would a man that has been justified expect torment? Who is judging you if even Jesus came not to judge the world (John 12:47)? Apostle John says of such a man that he has not been perfected in love. A perfect revelation of God’s love casts out all forms of fear. Primarily, like I said in last week’s digest, the devil is in torment because of the judgment that God has already passed on him and his demons to eternal damnation. We haven’t been sentenced to eternal damnation, we have the sacrifice of Jesus that has made eternal redemption available for us. We have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts. By this love, our hearts cry Abba Father.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
We have been accepted in the beloved of God. Jehovah God has through the death of Jesus Christ at the cross disabled and nullified anything that would give us reason to fear. There is therefore now no more justification for fear. Let us therefore cease from endless excuses trying to justify substandard living through fear. Fear should cease to make sense. Honestly, what reason do we have to fear? God is on our side; He never leaves us nor forsakes us. The Psalmist said that he would not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against him about (Psalms 3:6). One person can be enough to make one fret but David was not going to be afraid of tens of thousands of enemies. I know some individuals that have set themselves up to complicate my life; I wouldn’t wish for them to be multiplied because their evil is sufficient (Matthew 6:4); I wouldn’t wish for more evil and yet David was not going to be moved even if his enemies were to be multiplied. The primary revelation that set David apart from fear was the simple understanding that God was with him. David was so conscious of the presence of God that he thought to himself that even if he had made his bed in hell, God would still be there with him. In fact David had an understanding that even his own attempts to ever escape from the presence of God would be futile.
Psalms 23:4…………………I will fear no evil: for thou art with me……………….
Jonah tried to escape from the presence of God but failed. May we appreciate the simple truth that God is always with us, is for us and would never leave us. One singer wrote a song that says, ‘You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love’. This phrase is not true of humans, but it is true of God. His love has pursued us and overtaken us; it perfects us into freedom from fear.
FOR FURTHER REFERENCE: Psalms 32:7, Psalms139:7–8, Hebrews 13:5
King of Glory, I acknowledge that you are Love and that you are always with me. I know that your Holy Spirit has shed your love abroad in our hearts and that by this love, fear is cast out. I release my wings to fly and soar high as the eagles. I refuse to be limited by fearful thoughts and I refuse to limit you the Almighty One by the same pattern of thoughts. My mind is patterned after the revelation of your divine Love through Christ Jesus my Lord! Amen!
Greetings from Sandie! Always remember that Christ in you is the Hope of Glory!
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12th June 2017
ROGERS SOLOMON KISAMBIRA