Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FEAR Looming Like a Horrible Storm on Your Horizon – There Is Help!

What if I have an accident on the wintry roads? What if I lose my job? What if my husband gets laid off? What if the kids get a horrible disease? What if someone is breaking into the house tonight?

We get to be really good at “what if-ing” if we aren’t careful. I am sure the enemy will whisper some of these ideas in our ears if we aren’t thinking them up ourselves. Is that your focus? Is that where your mind naturally goes?

In 1 John 4:18 we are told that perfect love casts out all fear. “Perfect Love casts out all fear….” My word picture might not be the intended meaning of this portion of scripture but it was very powerful for me. Who/what is perfect love? God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit are perfect love. God is love and there can be no one more perfect than God. The picture that came to me is my most powerful savior coming on my behalf and taking those dark, ominous storm clouds replete with lightening, thunder and throwing death at me… God came and cast them out – away from me to a place where they could no longer impact me – not with one tiny sprinkle or shiver. Jesus did it and they were gone!
Then I thought of the times recorded where Jesus was taken by the Holy Spirit (yes, the Holy Spirit) into the wilderness.

In Matthew 4:1 we are told of a temptation experience of Jesus.
How did our Lord, savior and prime example respond?  “It is written….” And he quoted God’s Word to Satan over and over.

Apparently Satan can argue with you and me but he cannot argue with God’s Word. It looks like that is a sure fire way to get the enemy to hush up and leave. All we need to do is have a stockpile of ammunition ready (God’s word memorized or maybe even a topical book of promises if you haven’t memorized yet) and use it.

When you are fearful, aren’t you really saying that your God is not big enough for your circumstances? Or that the promises he makes in the Bible are for someone else but not really for you? Knowing these scriptures helps you to see what he has promised on your behalf and to get them into your heart and mind so they are ready when you need them.

James 4:7 is a powerful promise telling us to submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us. That is a most powerful promise! It doesn’t say he might flee, or maybe in a couple of days he will go…. It says he WILL flee from you. I think the key is not our spouting off at him or ranting and raving but being submitted to God.  Realizing HE has done it all on our behalf and taking Him at His Word.

Here is the kind of fear we are to have, this and only this fear:
1Samuel 12:24 tells us to fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all our heart and to consider the great things He has done for us.

The psalmist speaks in Psalm 115:11 to those who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord, he is their help and shield. Sounds like another wonderful promise, doesn’t it?

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (NKJV)

Maybe you can think back to recent times when things looked impossible, you were afraid AND God came through on your behalf in a creative and unexpected way. It never hurts to review those times of His faithfulness.

Now let’s take a look at His Word. There are many scriptures which speak of God’s promises and would help you stand against ungodly fear.

Will we never have troubles or times of trial? NO, but God will be right there with us, walking us through so that we are able to “fear no evil”.

Psalm 27:1 David is extolling the Lord as being his light and salvation and asks “whom shall I fear stating the Lord is the strength of his life.

David had much to fear in the natural. Saul pursued him and tried to kill him over and over. David, in spite of his choices and sin, chose to believe God and God’s plan for his life. His trust is reflected in many, many of his writings like the Psalm above. They are there today for us to think upon and hang onto in our stormy times.

Another most powerful weapon against fear is prayer, communication with the Lord Jesus Christ:
We read in Psalm 34:4 that David sought the Lord, the Lord heard him and delivered him (David) from all his fears.

Have you ever noticed that the enemy cannot stand to hear the praises of God? During a worship service or when you praise him privately? He usually leaves. Praise is also a big weapon against fear. Worship songs or choruses or scripture that you sing.

When I “what-if” I am really saying that my God isn’t quite big enough to handle the problem. I know from His Word that is not true and I know from experience. There is something about declaring that out loud too. There is really no better way that saying “it is written” and quoting a scripture which applies to your situation and circumstance.

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