It is no surprise because of the Covid pandemic, many people in the past couple of years have been living in panic and fear. And if that’s you, I want to tell you, that I’m going to pray for you at the end of this blog post to release you from the spirit of fear so that you can receive the peace of God.
But before that, I want to tell you have two fears that you have to be aware of. Because one brings life and one brings death.
Fear of the World
The first one is the fear of the world that brings death. That’s not the kind of fear that you want to have. In Hebrews 2:14-15, it says “Through death, Jesus might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Do you know that fear is bondage? If you’ve experienced that, you know, it’s like you’re trapped. You don’t know how to get out of it. You don’t want to walk out of your house. You wonder what’s going to happen. You’re going to catch this, catch that. You’re just so paralyzed by fear, that you can’t even do anything.
I remember at the beginning of the Covid lockdown there is a couple who are Christians and they’re sharing how oh they’re so fearful. They don’t know what’s going to happen. That when you go out there that the virus is going to jump on them. They have these panic attacks and they’re freaking out!
Now, on one hand, I love them with the love of Christ, I pray for them, along with other people who are praying for this couple. But on the other hand, I’m thinking how could Christians have such fear and mass panic about something that’s happening in the world? Don’t we have promises from God that we don’t have to be afraid of the things of this world?
In 2 Timothy 1:7, a very famous scripture says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Today, you and I have to ask ourselves this question, are we those who are freaking out and panicking, who need prayer from other people or are we those who are firmly rooted in the word of God, we come before God in a secret place and we abide in His word? And when you do that, it is the promise of God that He will give him perfect peace! To him whose mind is stayed upon Him. (Isaiah 26:3)
When you’re staying upon the narrative of the world, you’re looking at the news all the time,
“Oh, this is the new variant.”
“Oh, we need more shots, so we need more of these vaccines. We need all this to protect ourselves” and all this stuff.
Of course, you’re going to be anxious and of course, you’re going to be in panic and fearful because that’s what they’re doing. They’re trying to hype up everyone to follow this global agenda. They’re going to usher in the anti-Christ and all this. Of course, you’re going to do that!
But if you put your mind, but if you set yourself onto the things of God, under the word of God in prayer, and praying in the Holy Spirit, praying in tongues, seeking God, then you’re going to see that you’re going to be able to overcome this mass panic that people are having.
Now understand this. I’m not denying the emotion of fear. When you see people being in fear, it’s contagious. Sometimes you’ll feel it. But you can take that fear captive, just like you take any thought captive to be obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
You take control of it! Because the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self control. In Psalm 56:3-4, it says “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” he’s not saying that he’s totally void of the emotion of fear. He’s saying when I feel that fear I’m going to trust in You. In God, I will praise His word. In God, I put my trust. I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)
And that’s something that you and I have to ask ourselves today. What can flesh do to us? What can the world do to us? The worst is what? Do they kill your body? “And to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
So many times when our thinking becomes worldly because we’re influenced by the culture and the things of this world, then we really can’t see that we’re not living for this world, in this kingdom, we live for another Kingdom. A kingdom that has precious promises for here on earth, and more importantly, has even better promises when we go to meet God one day.
And this brings us to the second fear that you must have because it gives you life. And unfortunately many, many, many Christians, they don’t have this fear.
Fear of God
That’s right. The fear of God. I’m not talking about having a reference to how people want to downplay the fear of God. Always just respecting God having this reference fear of Him. No, I’m talking about fearing Him the way that Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “Do not fear those who can kill the body” – covid, variant omicron, whatever they call it. Did you just listen to this? Do not fear those things in the world, even if they can kill your body. Don’t fear persecution. Don’t fear what the world can bring.
And why did Jesus say, do not fear him who can kill the body? Because they can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul. Here’s the important part Jesus says, “But rather fear Him.” Fear Him! Who is able to destroy both soul and body into hell? In the context of the scripture, Jesus was talking about persecution.
We go preach the gospel, people are not going to listen. They’re going to persecute you and it’s exactly happening today. People don’t want to hear about biblical Christianity that you have to deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Jesus.
Do you want to hear about how God’s going to bless you? He’s going to heal you. He’s going to give you all these great things and nice things and give you joy and peace. And those things are maybe partial truth. Those are fruits of true believers of Jesus Christ. But you don’t just seek those things, you seek the Giver of those things.
You need to understand this. Jesus always contrasts the two kingdoms. There’s a kingdom here on earth, and there is s a kingdom that is to come and it’s through Him. You can’t serve God and at the same time serve men and money. You can’t have the fear of God at the same time have the fear of the world. They just don’t exist.
So today, you have to ask yourself if you have the fear of the world. Now again, I’m not denying the emotion, but it is how you respond to that fear that shows where your faith and where your trust is. It is so easy to say, “Oh, I trust God, bless God, I have faith in Him.” Anyone can say that! But when a crisis happens, when things are hard, you will know people’s true colors. You’ll know whether they truly believe in God or not.
I’m sure we all have friends who say, “Oh, I’m your friend.” all these great people who will partner with you to do other things in the world with you. But who are those who will stick with you to the end? Who are those when you’re cast down, when you’re backslidden they’re praying for you, they’re talking with you? Who are those who say, “Hey, you know in the new year, you want to fast? Want to seek God? We’re going to do this together.” The ones who would deny themselves, pick up the cross and walk on His path together with you. Those are the friends you want to have. Those are the ones who truly fear God.
What kind of friends do you have today? And I got to be honest and tell you, you’re not going to find a lot of those friends who are walking the narrow path that leads to life. Because the fact of the matter is, Jesus says only a few people find it (Matthew 7:14) and most people are on that broad path, even though they think they’re on the narrow path.
So I want to encourage you today. Put your fear in the right place, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If you fear God, you love Him, and you know that one day He’s going to come back and judge your whole own righteousness. You’re going to see that your priorities start to shift. “Man, the things I do with my time, how I spend my time, my family, and the things I do in my own life, in my work, when I go to church, or whatever things that God has entrusted to me. I have to give an account of that one day. And so God, I fear You.” Not in an unhealthy way that you’re paralyzed in fear. Because if you do that, that is also a trap.
What you want to do is you want to say “God, I believe Your word. I believe that You have the keys to life and the keys to death. And today I know that because when You have died for me on the cross, You love me and You change and transform me. And as a result, I want to follow You. And as I follow You, I know the world will call me crazy. I know that they will think that certain things that I don’t do, certain things that I do, are contrary to the culture, and even many people who come as Christians will think that I’m crazy, that I am the outlier. But hey, you know what? It doesn’t matter! I will be the outlier. I want to be on the narrow path that leads to life.”
My Prayer for You
So if you have been experiencing fear, I’m going to pray with you right now. I’m going to break that thing off of you because you have to understand, fear is a spirit.
The bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” (2 Timothy 1:7) If God didn’t give us this spirit of fear, where did it come from? What we know where it comes from is from the devil. So right now I encourage you to put yourself in the posture of humility, whether it’s on your heart, whether it’s lifting up your hands like this, whether it’s getting on your knees and say, “God, right now I surrender myself to you. I surrender all my fear to You.”
Because I’m going to pray and release peace and rebuke that fear off of you right now! In Jesus’ mighty name, right now I speak to you, those of you who have been kept in bondage, who have been affected by the spirit of fear. In Jesus’ name. , I confront you, spirit of fear! I break your power now in Jesus’ name! I plead the blood of Jesus over these people. Let them go in Jesus’ name! Now! In Jesus’ mighty name, I speak the peace of God, the life of God in you. That you will no longer live in fear, but you live in a spirit of power and of a sound mind with self-control through the power of the living God and the Holy Spirit. Let every demonic attack in your life be broken now that you always walk in the presence of God as you read his word, abide in a secret place, abide with God. As you do that you will realize that you will be walking in the promise of God that says, “He will give him perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Today, you have a choice. You and I, are we going to trust the things in the world? Are we going to trust the world’s narrative of what things are happening? Are we going to trust the narrative of God? The truth of God. Not a narrative, but the truth.
“Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) I can’t choose for you. I have to choose for myself. But there is a choice. Which one are you going to choose? The fear of the living God that brings life or the fear of the world that brings death and its temporal.
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Until next time.
God bless you!