Hello everyone, its been a while but we are glad we are back to our blog because we have missed it and we have missed writing to you about the goodness of God! However, I wanted to talk about what every one battles in some point in their lives, which is fear.
I have been having serious battles between the Holy Spirit which dwells in me and my flesh which is weak, about the spirit of fear. Some people don’t know this because we usually don’t think of fear as a spirit but a feeling, a natural feeling that every one has. I grew up fearing things that I was scared of but it was something that I had to deal with on my own but as we know that we can’t do nothing on our own. But fear in the bible is considered a spirit, it says so in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”
I am (in person) a very shy person, I always have been pretty shy around people. It has only been until recently that I feel a little bit bolder than I ever was speaking about the Lord and talking about his goodness and his Word. I do not hold back what I know about the Lord through the internet but I do have a timid-ness, and it is not a mild one, about sharing about the Lord to people in person. I really do want to but something, every time it seems, holds me back and when I do talk about him. I don’t ever say what I wanted to say but I seem to keep something back that was important for someone to hear, whether it was advice or a word of encouragement.
Later did I know that fear was an enemy of mine, it was a living spirit that wasn’t from God. God is the God of love, hope, light, holiness, purity and mercy. It says so throughout the whole bible, but he never said that he was a God of fear because he isn’t. He had said that we should fear him with a godly fear as it has said in a few scriptures such as in Psalms 2:11 “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalms 34:9 “O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.” and Hebrews 12:28 “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” These in no way mean the same fear that Paul was talking about to Timothy about not having the spirit of fear. Fearing the Lord is a fear that is similar to one when you highly respect your parents but way more. It is a high reverence; it is a knowing how powerful and mighty our God is and we respect that, we fear that with a godly fear and with trembling.
However, the spirit of fear is something entirely different.
The spirit of fear stops you from doing the Lord’s work. The spirit of fear stops you and persuades you that you are not good enough to speak about the Lord when you have personally seen the Lord’s goodness and blessings in your life. The spirit of fear lies to you, gets you to worry about what others people think of you and persuades you to think about yourself and how to please other people than how to please God. This is how you can distinguish because if you feared the Lord with a godly fear, you would do what he says in his word to do. If one has the spirit of fear which is not a godly fear but contradicting the scripture of 2 Timothy 1:7, then it is that fear that you need to pray away and rebuke in the name of Jesus!
This is easier said than done because when you have been held by the spirit of fear and of worry for a long time, it’s all you really know. It’s all you really feeling comfortable feeling because you have a limit, a line that you don’t cross because it makes you afraid that if you do cross it then those negative emotions start to come back and you start to forget the God you truly serve. It says in Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord God! behold, thou has made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing to hard for thee:” This is the God we serve, this is the God that says he shall never change (Malachi 3:16 “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”) This the God we serve, an Almighty one! This would be great scriptures to keep in your mind when troubling thoughts come to mind. Also, when you start worrying about what others may say or do when you talk about the Lord, remind yourself of the scripture in Romans 8:31 “Who shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” and Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” and when you start to worry about what others think, remind yourself this scripture: Galatians 1:10 “For do I persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
Yes, I know it is easy to live in fear because there is so much going on today’s world. There are wars and rumor of wars, earthquakes in various places, famines and sexual immorality. There is so much to fear but yet, Jesus died and rose again on the third day for all of man kind so we won’t have to fear in bondage but live free, in him, his light and Holy Spirit in us! We are overcomers because the Lord overcame, John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcame them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
So, today who ever reads this who has any fears, cast them at the Lord’s feet. I should take my own advice because it is difficult and there is so much that we can’t see but the Lord knows all. That is where trust comes in, a child like trust in the Lord, knowing that even though it looks impossible, it’s not through him. We do not serve an impossible God because he can do the impossible and through him all things are possible if we just believe! So don’t let fear hold you back, rebuke it in the name of Jesus and remind yourself that the Lord with never leave you nor forsake you because he loves you. He proved that when Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day. It is finished, it is done, he has won and now live in peace and of a sound mind. The Lord is by your side ( =
Deuteronomy 31:6″ Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
God bless you !