Every praise is to our God. Every worship to our God, every praise to our God ooo. Lift Jesus higher higher, lift up Jesus higher higher. I surrender, I surrender all; I surrender, I surrender all; all to Thee my blessed Saviour I surrender all.
Heavenly Father, we want to bless your Holy Name, we want to worship You with everything in us because of Who You are not because of what you have done. We bow before you Lord with the twenty and four elders in heaven shouting Holy Holy Holy is the Lord.
Beloved, how did you feel after reading yesterday ministration? I felt good, what about you? I also felt that am in charge, are you feeling same way? I know that the only fear a child of God should fear is fear itself and the good news is that Fear is never Real. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.
Fear is a torment according to the word of God. It paralyze an individual and make one immobile at the moment is allowed it into one’s life (Num 13:33; Lev 26:17; Exo 14:12). As part of dealing with fear, many takes sedatives to sleep as to overcome it but the sad news is that it is waiting to announce itself as soon as such a person wakes up.
The solution is to confront your fear, whatever be it. You might have lost everything and you are thinking about how to start again but it is better to start again than to keep running from your shadow because your shadow will follow you everywhere you go. And God fear not (Gen 26:24; Josh 1:9; Isa 41:10, 13)
We mention in yesterday message that “decision”, “focus”, “resolve” is what the devil is attacking in your life, therefore if you’re a waverer, you are still a candidate of fear but as soon as you make a resolve, decision to move forward or get focus in your resolve, the enemy of your soul will come to the battle field with you, so beware and stand firm.
To overcome fear we must put our “hope” antenna to work. Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life. In it is the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centered (Eph 1:18). We have a lively hope, a hope without frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (Pet 1:3). While Christ is the actual object of the believer’s hope (Col 1:27; Tit 2:13) and our hope for eternal life (Rom 12:12) is not same with the unbeliever (Eph 2:12; 1Thess 4:13).
Beloved, there is a fear that has no torment but joy and insight. It is linked with love and hope and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather loving reverence (Isa 63:16; 64:8). That is what we are considering today by God’s grace and as promised us by the Spirit of God, will never be diminished by fear after this series.
Come along with me as we consider further on “fear”
“He that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.” Prov. 13:13
Holy awe of God’s Word is at a great discount. Men think themselves wiser than the Word of the Lord, and sit in judgment upon it. “So did not I, because of the fear of God.” We accept the inspired Book as infallible, and prove our esteem by our obedience. We have no terror of the Word, but we have a filial awe of it. We are not in fear of its penalties, because we have a fear of its commands.
This holy fear of the commandment produces the restfulness of humility, which is far sweeter than the recklessness of pride. It becomes a guide to us in our movements; a drag when we are going down-hill, and a stimulus when we are climbing it.
Preserved from evil and led into righteousness by our reverence of the command, we gain a quiet conscience, which is a well of wine; a sense of freedom from responsibility, which is as life from the dead; and a confidence of pleasing God, which is Heaven below.
The ungodly may ridicule our deep reverence for the Word of the Lord; but what of that? The prize of our high calling is a sufficient consolation for us. The rewards of obedience make us scorn the scorning of the scorner.
Our God is the fear of Isaac (Gen 31:42.53) and we also are to fear Him (Phil 2:12; Heb 12:28-29; 2 Cor 5:11). Are fleeing when no one is pursueth you not?
Diminished By Fear
Recently I asked a group of businessmen their greatest concern in life. Their answer? Fear:
Of the future, failure, the past, peers, financial ruin, superiors, bad health, the competition, death, personal inadequacies, parents, the rejection of their children, and the unknown.
Aristotle observed the paralyzing effect of fear upon our lives:
“Elderly men… have often been taken in, and often made mistakes. The result is they are sure about nothing and under-do everything. They ‘think’, but they never ‘know’; and because of their hesitation they always add a ‘possibility’ or a ‘perhaps’, putting everything this way and nothing positively… They are cynical; that is, they tend to put the worst construction on everything.”
“They are small-minded, because they have been humbled by life: their desires are set upon nothing more exalted or unusual than what will help them to keep alive… THEY GUIDE THEIR LIVES TOO MUCH BY CONSIDERATIONS OF WHAT IS USEFUL AND TOO LITTLE BY WHAT IS NOBLE… [They] lack confidence in the future… partly because of their cowardice. They live by memory rather than by hope… “
Obviously, “fear has to do with torment… ” (1 John 4:18b). But the good news is that God offers us deliverance from its bondage,
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
If you are struggling with fear, refuse to allow Satan to gain the upper hand. Claim God’s promises. Memorize, meditate, and appropriate His promises for your life. By so doing, you will put yourself in a position where God can, and will, set you free from the bondage of fear:
“‘… Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.… For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid… for I myself will help you,‘ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:10, 11, 14) (See Psalm 27:1, 2; 46:2; 56:3; Isaiah 12:2; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:15; 1 John 4:18)
QUESTION: How do you and I plan to live the rest of our lives? Paralyzed and diminished by fear? Or liberated by the promises in God’s Word? As always, the choice is ours.
Always remember Josh 1:9; Deut 3:22; Jer 15: 20-21; Lk 12:4 as a weapon of your warfare.
Finally read this and be greatly encourage Ps 91:5 and Jer 17:7.
Remain blessed in the Lord.