Numbers 14:9: Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
In the focus verse the children of Israel were told not to allow fear to draw them from the will of God (Numbers 14). Similarly, Paul told Timothy that he should not yield to the spirit of fear but love, power and sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7). Rebellion is nothing more than a rejection of the will of God. And for the will of God to be done we need to embrace what will kill fear, which Paul outlined for Timothy.
Love, power and sound mind have to do with affinity with God, who cannot fear.
With love for God we face fear and do not back down. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were pressured to bow down to the image set up by great king Nebuchadnezzar on the pain of death, by being thrown into a fiery furnace, but they stared down the king and glorified God (Daniel 3).
Their devotion to (love for) God was stronger than their fear of displeasing man, or their fear of losing their life (Matthew 10:28).
Jesus said that if anyone wants to follow him, he must deny himself carry his cross and follow him (Luke 9:23). Loving God means being willing to follow him and therefore not being careful or fearful about what can happen to you, in the course of it.
Jesus asked Peter: do you love me more than these (John 21:17)? He was saying: beyond all, you should love God and that will make all the difference. If your attraction to God is stronger than anything that wants to distract you, then you are alright. We are to love the Lord our God with all our mind, heart and strength (Mark 12:30), we would not energy left to be afraid.
Love, the bible says, casts out fear (1John 4:18). It has the capacity to dissolve fear. If you are filled with love, you cannot be filled with fear at the same time. There is no fear in love. With love we can walk with God who is love, and his manifestation in our lives causes the powers of the enemy to be trampled upon (Luke 10:19).
When the Love of God is firmly rooted in our hearts, we are firmly focused on his words and not would refuse to be distracted by what enemies have to say, how they look or their reputation for causing harm.
The love of God was firmly rooted in David’s heart and he could not fear Goliath (1Samuel 17).
Love and fear is about focus. If I focus on God then I express love for him, I allow him, his words to control me, to define my life, to shape me, how think, how I see things, how I relate with others, how I perceive different situations. Fear comes by focusing on the devil, focusing on the wrong things.
Loving God colours our perception and helps us to make the right decision. In the Garden of Eden, before the deception of the devil took root in the hearts of Adam and Eve, the love of God was the defining influence of their activities.
When they viewed God from the lens of love they saw him accurately. But the devil gave Eve another lens, which was the lens of fear, suspicion (Genesis 3), and doubt.
Love believes all things from God (1Corinthians 13). Faith works through love (Galatian 5:6) and without faith it is not possible to walk with God, but fear comes with his cousin doubt. Love believes the word of God which says we can trample underfoot all the powers of the enemy.
“God is not trying to kill us, he wants to empower us,” love says. If the children of Israel could see that God loves them and was committed to giving them the Promised Land no matter what, they will not allow the fear of the giants in the land miss out on the best of God.
Assured of the love of God, we are assured of his backing, and that means we will not fear. God said: fear not I am with you (I love you), be not dismayed I am your God (Isaiah 41:10).
Power is the awareness of inherent ability. Jesus the captain of our army did not send us to the battle front without proper equipment. We are not victims in the battle of life. We are called to be strong in the Lord and the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10), to share the very power, the very strength of the Lord himself (2Timothy 2:1).
Jesus said he has given us power to trample upon snakes and scorpions. That is not our power (which is limited), it is his power (unlimited), in which we are supposed to be strong in. Remember, all powers is now invested in Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).
Therefore, we need to live with a strong identification with him. That is a quick way to bury fear in our lives. When we see ourselves not alone, not empty but full of God, seated in the heavenly palace in God in Christ Jesus, we will live confidently (Ephesians 2:6).
And when we use the name of Jesus which is the name above other names, there is a release of the resurrection power to create the reality that the user of the name wants realised (Philippians 2:5-11). We should know what we have in supernatural power.
This has to do with what you know. We would not fear sin when we know that in Christ we have died to sin and resurrected in him to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-4).
James wrote that we should take in the engrafted word which is able to save our souls. When the word enters into us, it brings light (Psalm 119:130). We should not live as people who are blind, who are ignorant. Paul said that in understanding we should be men (1Corinthians 14:20). When you see through the deceptive tactics of the enemy you will not fear him (2Corinthians 2:11).
David stood before Goliath betraying no fear whatsoever. He had full awareness in his mind of the presence of God with him to cause him to have victory in defence of his name.
When you know what your rights are in Christ you live confidently.
Sound mind also involves getting the divine information about the situation, seeing the end from the beginning, just like God does, so that you do not make short term decision, which leads to long-term pain. It makes all the difference, what you know.
Sound mind comes when we focus on what God says about us, our situation and occupy ourselves with it, meditate on it day and night, and not what the devil has to say. If he says we are victorious then that should be what we fixate on, ruminate on, mentally and spiritually engage with, because what we fixate on controls our life.
- 1 Kings 21; 1 Thessalonians 4; Daniel 3; Psalm 107 (thegospelcoalition.org)
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: the Recognizers (redevotionals.com)
- Eve’s offspring, the serpent, and his offspring-Part 2 (creation.com)
- “Persecution: Every Christian’s Lot” – George Whitefield (restart.typepad.com)
- Fiery Furnace (plcblogs.org)
- Blog for Week of October 5, 2014 (oldgreenbrierbaptistchurch.typepad.com)
- Carnal Questions That Challenge The Truth (truthinscripture.com)
- Biblical Persecutions (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- Christ: the Bridegroom Pt-2 (divinityhc.wordpress.com)