I cannot tell you how many times I've seen people's entire lives disrupted and ministries of God completely destroyed when people are moved by fear to do things they would never do without it. We humans are suckers for this spirit of fear. It paralyzes us and takes us over like a tsunami takes over a coastline village. The heart rate can go from 60-150 in a matter of seconds and this new and elevated stress causes the brain to make irrational decisions that can be as devastating as a category 5 hurricane.
2 Timothy 1:7 says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
In order to be qualified to carry the power and the throne of the Almighty with us everywhere we go, we must maintain the course that the Spirit decides to take. Ezekiel 1:20 says, "Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went..." It's not where we want to go. It's where the Spirit wants to go. Where the Spirit is, there is "power, love and a sound mind." If someone is not being led by the Spirit, they are being led by the flesh, which leads only to destruction.
THE PURPOSE OF FEAR
The purpose of life's obstacles is to increase our faith and cause us to be more intentional about where we're looking. It prevents us from being lazy since there are only two ways to grow spiritually: through prayer or through pain. And because most of us do not spend enough time in prayer, using that spiritual eye within us, we must learn through pain. Ultimately, obstacles are good, from the Creator, and are designed to cause us to cleave to Him in ways we would not have before the obstacle appeared.
Fear, on the other hand, is a demonic spirit that hovers around the obstacles the Creator sends for the sole purpose of causing an individual to doubt the Creator's goodness and benevolence. The Spirit cannot exist in the same dwelling place as a heart that has doubt. When the Spirit senses doubt, it immediately begins to separate from that individual since doubt is corporeal and of this realm and faith is the only air the Spirit breathes. James chapter 1:6-8 says that "...he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the LORD; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." The enemy uses fear to change the atmosphere around us so the Spirit of Yahweh will be forced to retreat from the choking smoke of fear. From there, the enemy climbs into the chariot and drives the person wherever he wills.
WHAT IS FEAR
In its most basic definition, fear is simply the dread of losing something we currently have. It can be fear of losing our jobs, finances, loved ones, reputations, homes, or a host of the other corporeal things we have on this earth. In this regard, fear is connected to our "will to receive." There are ultimately only two wills from which a man operates. Either he operates like the Creator and works within the will to give, or he works within the will to receive and works only for himself, whether consciously or unconsciously.
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Volume 2, Issue 15