One of the most difficult things every person has to deal with is fear. Fear paralyzes people and keeps them from launching out when they should move and keeps people on a moving unnecessarily when they should be still. Fear keeps people from speaking up and speaking out when a voice is needed. Fear will keep people from appropriating what belongs to them. Fear keeps the Body of Christ from embracing the lost and unlovable, which keeps Jesus hidden to them.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
The first thing we need to know about fear is that it didn’t come from God. James tells us what the nature and character of God’s gifts are:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
We can conclude from this that fear is neither good nor perfect. Going back to 2 Timothy 1:7, we can see that the characteristics of fear are weakness, lovelessness, and double-mindedness. The Bible teaches us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and will not receive anything from God.
But here is the meat of the matter. Fear is the absence of faith.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)
If you look at faith as the currency of the Kingdom of God…
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:6)
…fear, then, is the currency of the principality of satan. The Word of God tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Well, let me tell you that without fear, it is impossible to not only please satan but it is impossible to invite him into your life. Because if you scratch the surface of fear to see what’s underneath, you will find pride:
- Fear of rejection – pride
- Fear of failure – pride
- Fear of loss – pride
- Fear of success – pride
The devil’s only weapon is deception – and, more often than not, he uses that deception to invoke fear.
In the story of Joshua and Caleb and the 10 other spies, Joshua and Caleb came back with a courageous report but the other 10 came back with a fearful report. This fearful report turned what should have been a relatively short journey into one that lasted 40 years.
But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:31-33)
So the great question, then, is how do we deal with this fear? The answer appears simple: love. And yet, it isn’t so apparent. We must operate in love as Jesus operated in love.
Let me stop for a minute and ask for a show of hands: how many of y’all know Jesus operated in love?
Now how many of y’all think He operated in fear?
He operated in love because He was fully persuaded of the Father’s love for Him because He knew that God is love and, therefore, HE IS LOVE! And, furthermore, he was fully persuaded of His righteousness. So, if we want to operate in perfect love – the kind that casts out fear – we have to awaken to righteousness. I’m going to set this up with 1 Corinthians 5:21:
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
And I’m going to knock it down with 1 John 4:17-18:
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 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.
Jesus shows us that in the midst of the storm, we should be fearless:
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. (Matthew 14:27)
The original Greek says, “Fear Not, I AM!” Jesus is telling us that because HE IS, we should fear nothing!
When we understand not only that He is all-powerful but, through Jesus, He has imparted His power to us, we can walk in complete boldness and confidence. You will no longer fear what the world and the devil can do to you!
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. (Psalms 56:3-4)
And this will build further upon our faith because we will be able to discern between fear that causes terror and reverential fear. It’s important to know that because if you operate in terrifying fear of God, you not only deny His love for you but you open the door for attacks from the enemy.
And fear (do not be terrified of) not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear (reverence and love) him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. (Job 3:25)
We need to download and process this truth – that faith is the key to the Kingdom of God and love is the actuator of faith.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
When you understand this, you activate the faith that is necessary to appropriate what is in heaven to invade your earthly circumstances.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Jesus lifts our burdens and gives us rest. You can’t rest if you’re fearful. We are to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us!
In previous messages, I’ve talked about how manipulation is witchcraft and the power of witchcraft is fear. When fear has been driven out of your spirit, you cannot be manipulated!
I close with King David’s answer to fear:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)