Fear cripples

Although it cannot physically be seen- fear is a phenomenon that can cause even the strongest man to be crippled. From a Christian perspective, fear makes you doubt God’s goodness and His will to protect you and care for you. The onset of fear makes you feel alone, and it immediately takes away all your confidence.

In many instances in God’s word we hear the word “fear”:

Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” Is 41:10

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Prof 29:25

“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].” 1 John 4:18

When fear strikes us there are a few things we can hold onto:

  • God’s character does not change. That which you fear is not His will for you – whether it be sickness, death, debt, conflict or distress. He wants to bless you, to give you a life of abundance. This is the truth. God never changes – but your reality can.
  • As a Christian you can experience a supernatural life. You don’t have to submit to a doctor’s report saying you have cancer. You don’t have to fear when all you hear about on the news is death and violence. As a Christian you live in the shadow of God’s presence, which means you will experience divine protection, fullness of joy and overwhelming peace and contentment.

Don’t give in to fear when it strikes you – turn your back on it and face the glorious presence of God, which drives away all fear.

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God’s abundant provision

We serve a God who wants to give us more than enough. That means He does not just want to fulfill your basic needs, but He wants to go beyond that and liberally supply in all your needs. The word liberally means to give bountifully, generously and plentifully. It means to give grandly and wholeheartedly, without holding back.

“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19

If you want to ask God for something – go ahead and do it! You must understand His heart towards you, and how much He wants to bless you. He does not put limitations on what we may ask of Him – He tells us we may ask Him ‘whatever‘. That means ANYTHING!

“[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].” John 14:14

He wants to provide for us so that we may enjoy life. We don’t need to walk through life with a ‘just enough’ mentality – we serve a God who believes in abundance! The following two verses especially prove this:

“…nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.” 1 Tim 6:17

“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10

Never let anyone convince you otherwise! For further reading on the provision of God see the following entries:

God is involved in your life

We serve a God who is intimately acquainted with our lives. God is not distant, leaving us to fend for ourselves. He knows every little detail about you. He understands every part of your life. He knows what you need, and He will provide for you in all aspect of life.

You are not worthless. Every single hair on your head is counted (Luke 12:7) – isn’t that incredible? Would you take the time to count every single hair on the head of something that you didn’t cherish? Jesus tells us in this same scripture that not one single sparrow is forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God. He goes on to say that we should therefore not fear anything – for we are worth so much more than sparrows (Luke 12:6-7). You are not forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God.

David also spoke about the weight of God’s thoughts toward us. He said that if we could count them, they would be more than all the sand on earth (Ps 139:18). Once again – think about your own life. Is it not true that you think most about the things that matter most to you?

“Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” Ps 139:16

Never underestimate your importance to God. He is closer to you, and more in love with you than you can ever comprehend!

Nothing but the truth

Jesus told us directly: “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.” John 8:32

There is no freedom outside of the Gospel of Jesus. There is no liberty when you have to uphold traditions and adhere to a long list of laws. There is no honoring of God if all the emphasis is placed on your works, and how holy you live. True humbleness means admitting you are nothing without the grace and reconciling work of Christ. Proclaiming that Jesus has already accomplished everything necessary to make you holy before God places all the honor and glory in front of His throne, not our own throne.

You cannot experience the divine freedom which Christ came to give whilst living under the law. Jesus came to fulfill the law and adhere to it 100% – so that whomever believes in Him will be blameless before God (through grace).

“Do not think that I have come to do away with or undo the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them.” Matt 5:17

On the cross, breathing His last breath, Jesus said: “It is finished” (John 19:30). This statement convinces us that He has accomplished all that He came to fulfill and complete (see verse above). Therefore, a new testament was put in place (instead of the old covenant) – where only faith in this completed work can now lead to righteousness.

“By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace. And [He designed] to reconcile to God both [Jew and Gentile, united] in a single body by means of His cross, thereby killing the mutual enmity and bringing the feud to an end.” Eph 2:15-16

The unconditional love of God

I want to share something amazing with you. God loves you, and He is definitely not angry with you. We might hear this many times – but listen to this as if it is the first time you are hearing it.

“In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

Through this verse it becomes clear that there is one thing that is even more important than our love for God: His love for US! He has so much compassion on us – we will never be able to comprehend the depths of His love and endearment towards us. Another verse that confirms this:

“…as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.” Is 54:9-10

God’s love is unconditional. He loves all the world like He loves His son Jesus. This is what God said about Jesus: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17). Because you are in Christ, you must hear these words as if they are spoken directly to you. God is well pleased with you!

We need to realize how much God loves us – focus on this today and it will change your life.

What is the anointing?

“But as for you, the anointing which YOU RECEIVED FROM HIM ABIDES (permanently) in you.” 1 John 2 v 27

In simple terms – the anointing is the power or the ability of God. If you are a Christian, you receive this anointing and it then abides permanently within you.  Marnes Nel from Immanuel Ministries explained it like this:

“The best way to explain the anointing is to compare it to a dam full of water. This dam abides permenantly in all Christians, but not all Christians have all the floodgates open. Some have a stronger flow in certain areas than others, but it is important to remember that all Christians are anointed. That is why the Bible says that the same spirit (the Holy Spirit) abides in us but works in different ways or gifts. All the gifts come from the same water (the Holy Spirit), but it manifests in different ways – for example healing, prophecy, words of knowledge etc.”

The anointing cannot be seen, but it’s effect is evident to all people around it. Examples of this anointing in the Bible include the following:

  • Healing flowing through the body of the woman who touched Jesus’ garment (Luke 8:43);
  • People getting healed through Peter’s shadow that fell on them (Acts 5:15);
  • A dead boy coming back to life when Elijah laid his body on the child (2 Kings 4:32);
  • People getting healed through clothes that touched Paul’s body being sent to them (Acts 19:12).

If you want to live in a greater flow of God’s anointing the only way to do it is to receive more grace. It is not through effort or striving – but just through believing what He has already accomplished.

The obedience of Christ

In most churches today the emphasis is placed on the believer’s responsibility to obey. Instead of focusing on our own efforts at holiness, we should be looking at Jesus’ obedience, and what that means for all believers!

Christ was obedient on our behalf. He paid the ultimate price – He was obedient unto death. None of us can compete with this, no matter how hard we try in our own effort! Adam’s disobedience caused all men to become sinners. Jesus’ obedience caused all believers to become righteous.

“For just as by one man’s disobedience (failing to hear, heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him).” Rom 5:9

Jesus paid one amazing sacrifice, and this was enough to change our stance before God FOREVER.

“For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.” Heb 10:14

If we testify about HIS obedience we bring Him more glory – instead of glorifying in our own obedience (and looking to our own efforts).

Lastly, in a normal human marriage the wife does not love the husband more because of His obedience (or vice versa). Love increases through relationship and trust, not obedience. In the same way God won’t love you more if you are more obedient to Him or love you less due to disobedience – He looks at you through Jesus (also see post: How God sees you).