Pointing To Jesus
We will study a small portion of this, but I feel with the direction of the Holy Spirit, it will be more than enough to establish the understanding required to remove fear from our lives.
We have all experienced fear in our lives at one time or another. But according to God’s Word, we don’t have to. So let’s go to the book with all the answers that God wants us to know. First let’s head to one of my personal favorites in the Bible, Psalms.
( In verse one David says it this way:) 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?
Wow, those are some powerful words. David says the Lord is his light, salvation and strength. So David knows that since God is his salvation, and as long as God is his light leading his way, and his strength against the enemy, whom shall he fear? You can really see and feel David’s closeness to God in these verses. David continues: 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Man this is good!!! David’s heart shall not fear because he is confident!!! He is confident because of his faith in God. Through his faith he knows God is there for him, thus whom shall he fear?
His faith, hmmmm.......... I know we are all given a measure of faith, but is it that we just believe? Well in a sense yes, but there is a little more to it.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I’ll use the standard analogy for faith here. When you sit on a chair, you don’t check it to make sure it would support you. You have the faith to “know” that the chair will support you, so you sit. This is how we need to be with Jesus, “knowing” He will be there for us. With this in mind: Thus, whom shall we fear? Remember that He who is in us is greater than he that is of the world. Fear comes from the world, from satan, so with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us and being greater than he of the world, whom shall we fear? Paul enlightened us on what type of spirit God has given us:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
This is a bit long, but I feel led to read this important message from Paul:
Romans 8:1 - 15
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Notice Paul was comparing walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit throughout these verses. Then he says that we have not been given a spirit that makes you a slave “again” to fear. That spirit that made us a slave to fear was there “before” we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Many people deal with fear because they are not aware of the fact that they do not have to! Because of their lack of knowledge, the devil feeds it and then Christians simply accept the fact that they deal with fear as a part of life. Then there are people that walk in the flesh and not the spirit and fear hangs on to them. (Walking in the flesh is to be “selfish”, to seek your desires, or what is good for you, not focusing on others. Walking in the spirit is walking in Jesus, who was totally “self-less”)
Below are two Greek definitions of fear:
δειλία deilia timidity, fearfulness, cowardice φόβος phobos fear, dread, terror 1a) that which strikes terror
(Notice that the Greek word for fear here is “phobos”, this is were we get the term phobia as in: Claustrophobia: fear of being in tight or small places, Hydrophobia: the fear of water.)
Okay Jack, we are not suppose to have fear, but the bible says to fear the Lord! What are you talking about! Well I am glad you asked. If we jump into the Hebrew definition of fear, we see something a little different:
יראה yir'âh 1) fear, terror, fearing 1a) fear, terror 1b) awesome or terrifying thing (object causing fear) 1c) fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety 1d) revered
You see, the fear of God is to respect Him, to have reverence for Him. But what is reverence? Ahhhh once again a very good question!
Greek definition of reverence:
αἰδώς aidōs 1) a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect
So fear of God is different than the fear that the devil gives us.
Hope your getting this, could change your life. Fear is a tool of satan’s that he uses when we are weak(weak meaning slacking on our relationship with God) or to pull us from God. So it is of the utmost importance to have a good relationship with God.
How would I do this? I’m glad you asked. Well a solid prayer life is part of it. Prayer and just spending time alone with God every day. Also reading our bibles every day, not just reading it, but to understand God’s plan for us. To learn about God, Like any relationship, the more we know about someone, the closer we get. Once we are close to God we hear God, He gives us security, then: whom shall we fear?
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