The Bible says: “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]” (1 John 4:18 AMP).
Adam and Eve had not grown into love’s perfection or they would have simply confessed their sin and received forgiveness. Do you know what? I believe God would have forgiven their sin and cleansed them from all unrighteousness. But instead of admitting to God what happened and repenting, fear led them into another sin: blame.
Listen to how Adam responded when the Lord asked Adam and Even how they came to eat the forbidden fruit: “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat” (Genesis 3:12-13).
In our last post, we saw that Eve’s fear of God keeping something good from her caused her to disobey God. Let’s strip out the storytelling and say it this way: Fear leads you into disobedience.
Need another witness? Fear caused Saul to disobey God’s established priestly authority. King Saul’s fall occurred just before what looked to be a fierce battle between the Israelites and their archenemy, the Philistines. The Philistines gathered themselves to fight with Israel, with 30,000 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude (1 Samuel 13: 5). The Bible says the Israelites were distressed and even trembling with fear.
Saul had his orders. The Prophet Samuel had instructed him to wait there for seven days. Samuel was going to fulfill the priestly duty of sacrificing to God before the battle. Seven days came and went and Samuel didn’t show up at Gilgal. Saul’s army began to give into the fear and scatter. That’s when fear led Saul into disobedience. Instead of waiting for Samuel to show up, Saul took matters into his own hands and offered the burnt offering himself.
In the last post, we looked at Saul’s fearful disobedience. That leads me to the next strategy of fear: irresponsibility. The same fear that tempted us to disobey will also try to convince us to blame the disobedience on another person or on circumstances. In that way, fear attempts to keep us from repenting so that we continue to walk in darkness instead of seeing the light. Fear, then, continues to have its way. And fear’s way is torment.
Let me show you this pattern in the Word. We see it with Adam, Eve and Saul. Let’s begin at the beginning with Adam. Shortly after eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve had new knowledge alright, but it wasn’t the pleasant experience they may have expected. The first revelation they had was that they were naked, and they were ashamed. They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves clothes. Suddenly, they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
Why did they hide? That’s what God wanted to know. “And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:10).
Over the course of this week, we’re going to be looking at the master spirit of fear. This is the opposite force of faith, and robs you from the promise of God in your life. Fear also has torment. It torments your soul and wreaks havoc on your physical body.
I am on a crusade against fear this week, determined that we get completely delivered from this menacing spirit once and for all. So come along with me as and let’s study this out together. Let’s share insights and revelations with one another about how this spirit operates, manifests and, most importantly, how to make it bow and flee when it rears its ugly head.
Let’s start out by meditating on this verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 in its various translations:
So let’s go back to the very beginning and look at fear’s first manifestation. We learn in Genesis 3:1 that the serpent (through whom the devil was speaking) was subtler than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. He demonstrated that subtlety with his clever interrogation of Eve.
“Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” the serpent asked. Eve told the serpent she and Adam were permitted to eat of the from any tree except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If they ate from that tree, she explained, they would die.
The serpent wasted no time in challenging God’s Word in Eve’s life. “You shall not surely die,” he said. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). The Bible doesn’t reveal what was going on in Eve’s mind, and there are many layers of revelation about the fall of man and the circumstances leading up to it. But I submit to you that fear played into the equation of Eve’s fateful decision.
God has not given us a spirit of fear. So why do we fear? Where did fear first manifest in the soul of man? Like many other problems that plague mankind today, fear can be traced all the way back to the Garden of Eden.
Fear’s first manifestation comes shortly before Adam’s fall from grace. In fact, it had a role to play in Eve’s poor judgment. If we read Genesis Chapter 3 through that lens, we find a perspective on fear we may never have considered – and one that may positively impact our lives.
Indeed, by taking a fresh look at Genesis 3 we’ll see that fear first entices us not to trust God with its subtle whispers. If we act on that distrust, a different flavor of fear follows as a result of our disobedience. This destructive cycle continues as fear attempts to keep us from taking responsibility for that disobedience so it can continue to torment our unrepentant souls.
A New World Order is working to crush the Western economies and usher in a one world government. I know this sounds crazy, but it’s documented. Do a Google search and get informed from reputable sources and watch this YouTube video. This not about Obama. It doesn’t matter who the president is, ultimately.
On April 21, 2007, the Lord woke me up at midnight to offer up the words in the next paragraphs below. It appears we didn’t move fast enough. What will we do now? The answer to all of the world’s woes is for the sleeping giant that is the Church to rise up and take its place in society, and bring true hope, true change.
Here is the prophetic word:
There is a great awakening coming to this nation. For I have heard your cries and I long to heal your land. I am a covenant God and I will not forget the covenant I made with your founding forefathers. Yes, there will be a shaking, but the foundations will not crack and they will not crumble. Only those things which can be shaken will be shaken that the sin in the land may be laid bare.
Satan’s existence is the provocative topic of ABC News “Nightline’s” third Face-Off airing tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th at 11:35pm ET/PT. The “Nightline Face Off” series, launched two years ago, brings hot topics to the table for discussion and debate among prominent voices in their field.
This face off features Dr. Deepak Chapra and Bishop Carlton Pearson debating Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church. In my opinion, this is a ridiculous display, one that is allowing the secular media to essentially poke fun at the Church. This may do nothing more than offer a platform to the devil to try to convince the world he doesn’t exist so he can continue to lead souls into hell.
Let us pray that Pastor Driscoll will offer some convincing insights about our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m sure he’s feeling the spiritual warfare. You can see a commercial for the segment here. Seems like he’s taken on the job of defending the name of Christ against two new agers. God bless him.
How to defeat the devil. It’s something we’d all like to know how to do, right? Well, the truth is Jesus already defeated the devil for us. So the issue isn’t really defeating the devil, it’s resisting him and overcoming his temptations that lead us into sin where we are fair game for his attacks.
We can both resist and overcome the devil by employing the same strategy Jesus used to defeat that old serpent in the first place: dying.
When Jesus died on the cross, He died with the sin of the world upon Him. But to get that far Jesus had to humble Himself. The Bible says He became obedient to the point of death, even the death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). Let me put it another way. Long before Jesus hung on the tree, and even while He was hanging there awaiting the ultimate pain of separation from His Father, He died to self.