Fear……and it’s consequences
Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the Lord, He it is that doth go before Thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
This is Moses’s charge to Joshua, in front of all Israel…..for Moses would die….and Joshua would lead the people into their inheritance.
And what did Joshua need to know?
That God would go before…..to lead, and warn.
That God would be with him, not fail him, not forsake him…..
That he should fear not….nor be dismayed about the things ahead….for God was ahead….and with….and for him.
Our God says the same thing to us:
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Fear is a terrible enemy….
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment, he that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
Fear stops us….from having all that the Lord wants for us:
God wants us to believe….and fear steps in and says….”Wait! What about this…..or what about them?”
The Lord gives us peace amid trouble……we are calm….until….a new twist in the trouble comes….and fear sends panic!
The Lord gives us promises….and the adversary says….”That will never happen for you…..look at what you are up against!”
Fear can stop us slightly….as Peter walking on the water:
Matthew 14:29-30 “And He (Jesus) said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
(But notice, his faith was enough to cry to Jesus to save him……and not try and swim back to the ship without Him!)
Or it can stop us completely….
…like the children of Israel at Kadesh-barnea (Deuteronomy 1:25-28)
They loved the land….it was everything God said….why then did they not believe Him, and go in and possess it?
Fear was one reason….and it’s complications (unbelief and rebellion) left them outside God’s blessing.
Fear also causes complications of feelings and thoughts:
It causes anger….Why is this happening to me?
It causes a sense of loss….when we are afraid,….we suddenly feel alone….no peace…no sense of direction.
It causes darkness….a shadow or a dimming in the light we have.
Fear intimidates…..telling us…”do something”……even if we have not gotten guidance…..”do something”.
“Fear not” or “do not fear” is written seventy-three times in the scriptures.
What is the answer to fear?
How do we get the victory over it?
Well, by experience, I can tell you that when fear has grasped ahold of you….it is hard to escape it.
Thankfully, we have power in the blood, and in the name of Jesus,….and power in the words of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 3:25-26 “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.”
Psalm 56:3-4 “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.”
Faith is the answer to the victory we need…
(how many times we let our shield of faith slip down….and we get hit by the fiery darts of the wicked one)
….”Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
When the Holy Spirit implants faith within us (for it is a gift from God to sustain and stabilize us)….then that faith makes the things God says, real to us.
We feel their blessing….though we may not have all there is in the Word….it gives us strength, for what is ahead.
When we let down our shield of faith, and let one of the Adversary’s darts hit us….we are wounded….
….putting up our shield afterward will not help.
But pulling out the dart of suggestion, accusation, and fear……and showing it to Christ Jesus, will.
Fear grabs ahold of us and says……”Do not trust God”
Faith comes from within, and enlightens the lie of the devil,….the suggestions of the world….and the desires from ourselves….
….and then faith keeps the candle of the Lord’s truth and grace burning.
Psalm 91:2, 4-6 “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
He shall cover thee with feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night: nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.”
Fear is an terrible enemy…..which only the implanted faith, by the Holy Spirit can deal with.
Let us hold up our shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16)….”wherewith ye shall”…..
….notice “shall”….”be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked.”
And if we have become afraid….take it….tell it to Jesus. Cry unto Him for salvation from it.
Like for Peter, His hand will save you out of it….and put your feet on solid ground again.