Everyone deals with fear and fear that is unchecked has torment. Fear is a factor of living in this flesh. Flesh experiences pain, sometimes almost unbelievable pain, and it fears it’s coming. There are as many types of fears and pains as can be imagined, pain in our physical, our spiritual, our mental and our emotional being.
The enemy uses fear to hold us bound. He makes us fear what our personal future holds, or losing our relationships, or becoming unpopular. He makes us fear demons, the future of the world, high places, principalities and powers of darkness. The list is endless.
1 John 4:14-19 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us.
Fear can become a spiritual stronghold that can be cast off. Indeed, the Bible calls fear a spirit.
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. KJV
Jesus came to set us free, and when He sets us free, we are free indeed. Fear, cast off, can no longer hold us captive.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed . KJV
The Remnant has a different concept of fear that, until I went through a very fearful facing of death on two different occassions, I did not understand.
One of those incidents I will share, simply to illustrate what God does to take us through that which is beyond our control, when we are subject, when we cannot defend ourselves.
When I lived up on a mountain there was a woman I would often give a ride when I saw her walking alongside the road. It was fifteen miles back to her house so a ride was a big deal. She was a kind woman and so it was the last thing I expected to have her climb into my pickup one day and pull a fully loaded revolver and aim it at me. She was shaking as if she had the palsy and jerking her finger on the trigger repeatedly. I saw time and again the hollow pointed bullets aimed at me. She told me she knew how to take care of anyone who threatened her and that she had cut her husband up and threw him down the toilet. That gun aimed at every part of me as she shook it about and jerked the trigger again and again.
Sweat began to run down my spine like a river. I was amazed I could even talk. Only the Lord’s miracle holding of the trigger of that gun could have kept it from going off. Those miles to her house went on forever.
When we reached the road to her house she said, “I want you to take me to my house today.”
Her house was down a crooked steep mountainside in the bottom of a canyon. I knew we would never make it in my truck and I had to answer her, “_____, we will never make it. My pickup will slide off into the canyon.”
To my surprise, she put her revolver back in her purse and got out and walked away, saying, “It’s okay. Thank you for the ride.”
I literally just sat there, shivering, suddenly cold. She could have gotten back in and shot me as I sat there.
Two things I learned through that incident.
#1 God meets us AT THE POINT OF OUR NEED, at the point of our fear, at the point of our dysfunction. I did not need Him until the gun was drawn. Until we have a need there is no reason for a need to be met. So we have to trust that, when the time comes, HE WILL BE THERE for us.
#2 From the point of need His strength to properly function to drive, His ability to help me speak with a calm demeanor when that was not even close to how I felt, His touch on my thinking to bring clarity, carried me through the whole incident.
This is the confidence of the Remnant, the knowing that, when we need Him He is the ever PRESENT God of our existence.
Ps 46:1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. KJV
When we face the unexplainable, the seeming unreasonable happenings, when life is totally unfair, if we look to Him, we give Him license to help us through. Sometimes we can only call out to Him with our mind, sometimes only breathe out the name of Jesus, and sometimes He answers when we are unable to call out at all.
This life and all its pain is passing. Eternity waits when He will wipe away all our tears and sorrow.
Rev 7:14-17 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. KJV
All too often we let our minds dwell on those things which bring us fear and so become unable to function in freedom. We try to cross bridges in our minds before any bridge is there to cross. We try to plan what we would say or do in situations that we bring up in our minds. The imaginations of our mind can take us to wrong places in our heart and spirit.
What we need to do is focus on Jesus, talk to Jesus, learn of Jesus, learn His Word. In doing so, and in drawing near to Him, we attract His love, His attention, and He will draw near to us. He will take fear captive and strengthen us to go through all our challenges with Him.