2Chronicles 32:18: And they shouted it with a loud voice in the language of Judah to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten and terrify them, in order that they might take the city.
The enemy of Israel wanted to use fear tactics against them, the aim was that the people would yield in submission before a shot is fired, will get them to bend to their will, to only the mind game of fear.
If there is a way the devil seeks control, it is through fear (he seeks to get you without even making the effort, except working on your mind), because he can’t really get you otherwise, since your life is hidden in God in Christ Jesus (Colossians 3:3).
And for Jesus to break us from the devil’s control, He had to do something about the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). The bible said that Jesus’ mission is to free us from the fear of death by destroying the one who has the power of death, which is the devil. The fear of death is what all other kinds of fears are derived from, but Jesus conquered death, making death merely a rite of passage to heaven for us, gifting us with a permanent relationship with God with his life abundantly available to us (John 10:10).
If the devil can have a fear hold in us, then he can have a real hold on us. On the journey to the cross, the devil wanted to plant fear in the heart of Jesus through Peter. Jesus could not walk in fear and walk in the will of God at the same time. So Jesus had to rebuke the devil in Peter, and get on with fulfilling the will of God (Matthew 16:22-28). That is what you should do with fear, when it seems to want to get you down, exercise your spiritual authority, rebuking the spirit of fear. Say like Jesus: get behind me Satan (don’t distract me with your fear tactics).
There is no taking from the devil and how adept he is in using the fear tactics. The fear of the unknown is a way to keep us back form the best of God, when fear shackles us then we cannot walk the walk of faith.
Walking in the way of the Lord is by faith. The bible says that the just shall live by faith (Galatians 3:11), faith does not draw back but moves on till the Promised Land is reached (Hebrews 10:39).
In the journey of the children of Israel in the wilderness, there were times when fear caused their heart to turn back to Egypt, the fear of the unknown. Even with the very presence of God with them, they gravel in complaints grating on the ears of God until God was tired of them and decided to do away with the whole of bunch in the wilderness causing them to wander for forty years in the wilderness till all those who were above twenty years died in the wilderness (Numbers 13-14). God does not have the time for people who will endlessly be looking back because they cannot fully trust him for the future.
It started when they were before the red sea. They were already seeing their dead bodies on the sea (in their imagination) as the army of Egypt was coming in after them, but God saved them on that occasion (Exodus 14).
Their imagination also ran haywire when 10 spies sent to the Promised Land came with the bad news and recommended that it was not possible for them to take over the land and defeat the giants there. What they chose to believe determine whether they were in faith or fear. Fear is putting your heart to a negative outcome (based on people’s word), while faith is putting your heart to a positive outcome based on the word of God.
The bible says that through faith and patience we would obtain the promise (Hebrews 6:12). Abraham could have let the fear of the unknown keep him from a walk with God, to leave his father’s house to an unknown place (Genesis 12:1-4), and history would have turned out differently; when fear keeps us from walking with God our generation suffers.
What you expect is what you attract and fear is negative expectation. Whatever fills your imagination determines your actions and reactions which would in turn determine your result, the direction of your life. So if your imagination is full of thoughts of faith, that will determine the direction of your life, but if your thoughts are full of fears, unreasonable fears, that you can’t seem to shake away, they cause you to create a protective edge around yourself and you miss out on the good things of life. When you ascribe the most sinister of motivation to others without concrete basis, your mind is twisted and you lack ability to cooperate with others, being able to work in a team. And if you cannot work in a team it means you cannot work at all you cannot get anything done and you are grounded to a halt.
Fear creates boundaries to your potential; it does not allow you to stretch to be the best God wants you to be.
Jezebel was able to create a fear picture in the mind of Elijah, that mighty prophet of God, who single-handedly stopped the rain from falling in Israel for over 3 years and summarily killed hundreds of the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, she could neutralise him as a threat to her domination in Israel (1Kings 18-19).
Driven by fear, Elijah asked God to end his life; fear led him to a suicidal spiral of depression, in which all the years of his walking with God and serving God seemed like nothing, as things were distorted through the prism of fear.
Elijah was, through the satanic words of Jezebel, struck with the spirit of fear. When fear dominates faith evaporates, and Elijah summarily lost interest in ministry, since except by faith, we cannot see God, walk with God or serve Him appropriately.
Paul told Timothy to reject the spirit of fear because it is not from God (2Timothy 1:6-7). When you realise that the fear you feel, the inordinate anti-God fear you feel, the out-of-the-blues fear you feel is not from God, then you will verbally take your stand against such fear tactics. Paul said to make use of the shield of faith to make sure that the fiery darts of fear shot at you by the devil is quenched (Ephesians 6:16).
Thoughts of fear are never from God, he doesn’t motivate that way, which is a major difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament principles of doing things.
In the old, since the order of relationship with God is based on self-effort and strictly that, the fear of punishment was the motivation. But there is a problem if leaders seek to motivate the believers with the same fear tactics, when our relationship with God is now based not on our performance but on the performance of Jesus.
Not making such distinction is erroneous. You should not motivate people with fear, since at this the time the perfect love of God is manifest through Jesus Christ and the bible says that perfect love casts out fear. And there is no fear in the love. It is the only valid motivation (1John 4:17-18), appeal to the love of God in the people of God for them to act right and not the fear of any punishment. Paul called than the higher way (1Corinthians 12:31-13:13), the higher kind of motivation. Fear is the lower way.
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