We have heard the question, “Whose report will you believe?” and often times we hear, “we will believe the report of the Lord,” but do our actions say the same? Some people think it is alright to be afraid and allow fear to paralyze them from movingforward. Everyone understands what it means to be full of fearbut God tells us to not be afraid. To fear or respect anything more than your respect and fear God, is an insult to God and His ability to provide and protect us.
Joshua 24:14a Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served…NKJV
Fear of others says we believe in their ability to harm us. The fear of situations believes in the power of that thing to destroy us and it is greater than our belief in God’s ability to help us and to work those hard things out for the good. The world is constantly training people to be full of fear. To be fearful that everything isgoing to go wrong, with the people they love, their finances, their health and to even be afraid of the unknown, their future. We must renew our minds to think the way God says we shouldthink and act. Those who truly believe in God must believe His word and that He is working all things together for good to those who love God. We can trust His word and rest in His love for us.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. NKJV
God did not give us a spirit of fear but of love, peace and a sound mind. Fear is an attack of the enemy and it is part of the fallen nature of mankind, which is the result of sin. This is not the way God created us. It is the enemy of God that tries to persuade people to believe his lie rather than the truth of God’s word.
Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the fall so that fear will no longer have dominion over us. It can become an excuse or justification for people to disobey the will of God and say it’s because they were afraid, but that is no justification before God. The fearful is at the top of God’s list of the unbelieving and the abominable.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. NKJV
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death KJV
Everyone will have challenges and trials in life; the question is how will we handle those hardships and tests? People who believe they should go through life without any problems are living in a fantasy.
Jesus told us that we would have problems but to be of good cheer, because He has overcome this world and the challenges we face. We show our trust in God by committing our problems to God, responding in prayer asking God to increase our faithand to give us His joy. We can trust His word, He will work the situation out for our good and God will receive the praise with thanksgiving. This should be our response when the world expects everyone to be full of fear, hate and bitterness we are to show love.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” NKJV
We see this world cultivating fear, a belief in the enemy’s power to do us evil rather than a belief in God’s love for us and His ability to provide and protect us. Fear will often times lead people into making decisions that can result into acts of self-destruction or leave them in a state of hopelessness or with aloss of purpose.
No soldier is trained to use their weapon on the battlefield thatwould be disastrous they are instructed before they go to battle. God’s word tells us how to operate in the kingdom of God on a supernatural plane. We are told to forgive, to love others as Christ loved us and study to show ourselves approved. We cannot wait until we are in the battle to make our decision to stand or to prove our weaponry.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV
We are born again by faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit who lives in us and changes our lives and our heart’s desires. The very essence of our being and our lifestyle will change and be transformed by God and His word. There is no new birth without a transformation. One cannot happen without the other. It is the love of God that transforms our heart and our lives and it is the love of God that we display when we are truly born into His likeness. If there is no transformation then there is no new birth.
When we become rooted and grounded in the love God has for us, we can stand before men and not be afraid to face theopposition and the challenges of this world. We stand in faith because we have a relationship God our Father and believe in His love for us. We learn to rest in our identity as God’s Beloved and we begin reflecting God’s love in the earth and showing this love to others, which is our original purpose.
It is how we respond to our problems and the trials of life that will display our true beliefs. It is through our faith and trust in God that we exalt Christ. God is exalted as we respond in loveand not hate. As Christ is so are we in this world! We are being transformed into His likeness in this world every day and for His glory.
1 John 4:17-18 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. NKJV