Remember when a few years ago everyone would make a statement and then say “Not!” after it? Like, “I just won a million dollars! Not!” or “I really like those jeans! Not!”
Fear is the proverbial rain on the parade of faith.
And nothing busts a faith filled balloon quicker than a fiery dart of fear.
Joshua and the next gen. Israel were poised on the border of the land of Canaan, ready to conquer all that God had promised them some 500 years prior, in His promise to Abraham.
Besides disobeying God, the only thing that could really stop them from moving forward and possessing all that the Lord had for them was fear.
Fear of the enemy that had to be conquered.
Fear of the fight. This land was taken through many battles, one city at a time.
And lastly, fear of the people. The people he was leading and in company with.
Not that unlike us.
The good news is that Jesus has conquered our enemy, the devil and his spiritual army of darkness. They no longer can have dominion over those of us who cling to the cross.
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
As a defeated foe, his strategy against those that are now in the kingdom of light is to hinder our spiritual progress through such weapons as doubt, discouragement and fear.
Everyone has to face these enemies at one time or another in their lives. And they don’t place nice.
Doubt and discouragement are bully’s of the grandest sort! Like the mean girl in school that caused havoc, chaos and drama wherever she went....and she liked it! In fact, she fed off of it! Growing more and more full of herself with each wave of her tumult.
These enemies are bent on your destruction.
They want to wipe you out spiritually by making you weak and introspective.
Causing you to want run away from the battle.
Yes, Fear and her friends come to your front door bringing dark clouds of despair and self pity that threaten to hide the face of the One, Who has promised to never leave you and Who loves you unfailingly.
So what do we do to clear away the clouds?
We run all right.
We run to the One whose very Name is a fortress against the enemy. Speak it! Shout it! ”Jesus!”
We hide indeed, We hide in Him. Through prayer and clinging to the truths in His Word.
We proclaim loudly and boldly our own weakness signaling utter dependence in the One, Who is mighty to save and whose power and strength are made perfect in weakness.
We learn to listen and move to the sound of His voice alone.
Though often very well meaning, some can hold us back, “What? You can’t do that!”
Or push us too fast. “Go, Go, Go!”
EIther way, the results are battle fatigue and defeat, for we are fighting in our own strength.
And we lift our eyes off of ourselves and get them firmly onto Him.
As Keith Green said, “It’s so hard to see when my eyes are on me.”
(True, and a rather boring landscape at that!)
Fear will come.
Courage is looking that bully “fear”, straight in the eyes knowing that Jesus is standing right behind you.
Then, we can truly say Fear?...... Not!
In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
Loving the lyrics to this song..
Check it out!
“Battle” by Chris August