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Does God speak through fear?  What is Fear and how Do We Deal With Fear? 

Renette Vermeulen

 

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Fear can shoot through every fiber of our souls and bodies to control every thought and action. Fear wants to make us its slave. Fear is multilayered darkness and mostly based on silly myths, misconception, lies, and deception. Fear can rob us of our minds, lives, loved ones, and of God. Fear is faith in reverse. Fear directly opposes Love and Truth - God Himself Is Love and Truth. Wars are fought on fear-propaganda. Threats to our lives and well-being can make us live and react in irrational paranoia. Fear can get so ‘out of hand’ that those with anxiety disorders frequently worry overwhelmingly about everything in life, which can trigger smothering panic attacks and fear psychosis. Fear disorders can damage logic thoughts so badly that people can lose contact with reality and become tormented by frightening hallucinations, fear of God-created animals and birds such as owls, which are totally innocent and very beneficial to the environment; imagined dangers, and things that do not really exist - not to mention fear of the blood-conquered demonic world, (Col. 2:13-15.)

However, the truth about fear brings this misery into Godly perspective. Jesus Himself and the truth of His word is the only real cure for, and control of fear. Fear is merely instinct that manifests as an emotion, and it has been an integral part of all life on earth since creation because it is vital to personal and corporate survival in both humans and animals. For instance, if we do not fear or have the mental capacity to discern the danger of fire, we would burn ourselves to a crisp because we do not fear the fire. But we do not have to go berserk every time we see fire because we know we can stay away from it and also control it.

So, if God did not create us with the emotion of fear, it could not operate in a protective capacity in every human and other creature's life, and very few of us would survive even daily dangers. No one and nothing can stay alive without fear. Fear is, therefore, not the problem; what we do with fear is the problem.

The raw instinct and emotion of fear are not self-induced, while respect, which pivots on ‘controlled fear,’ is a decision and choice. Of course ‘respect’ can also mean ‘adoration or reverence as in fearing a tyrant,’ but in the context of ‘controlled’ fear, respect means to ‘show consideration for, regard, or recognize.’ 

 

This is also true for the believer in Christ. Prov. 9:10 Kjv., “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Thus, we can conclude that without “the fear of the Lord,” we cannot have a grain of wisdom to respectfully revere Him as God. Because without the knowledge that the Creator God Is Almighty, we do not have a true understanding of Who He Really Is. As a result, if we do not fear Jesus, we do not understand Him, His Word, and His Ways. Thus, we will also not have faith in His omnipotent abilities and the Truth of His Word to overcome all satanic fear.

We do not fear Christ while under His full atonement in our place, as if we must tremble in fear of being annihilated by His Holy Presence like in the Old Testament when only the high priest could enter the “holy of holies” once a year. Yet, we reverently fear or respect Him because we will always live in His presence by pure grace, and as the utterly dependent children of our Most High God. Jesus promised, “Do not fear; I have overcome the world,” (Jn. 16:22.) Worries or fears are a ‘normal’ part of life, but ‘Jesus, the Great ‘I Am’ [I Am the Good Shepherd, I Am the Way, Truth, and Life...] is in control of our destiny in this world and no one else. As the Man Jesus said to Pilate when he tried to scare Him with his political power, “You could have no power over Me at all, unless it is allowed from above…” (Jn. 19:11.) 


So, in the context of persecution and in daily worries, Jesus commanded, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell… Do not worry [or fear] about what you shall eat, drink, and wear… for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things...” (Mt. 24-31; 6:30-34.) 

Still, we remain human and fear is a ‘natural’ reaction to what we know, see, and experience. It is on this natural level where the devil abuses our emotions and needs to twist God’s will for the situation, as he tried to do with Jesus in the wilderness, (Mt. 4.) This is why pure emotion cannot lead us in the will of God. Although emotion is not excluded from either our natural or our spiritual life in Christ, the devil always tries to isolate emotion such as fear from the truth of God’s will for the situation. Scriptural obedience, which never overrides our “sober minds,” working in the leading of the Holy Spirit, is, therefore, all that can lead us safely in the will of God. 

God warns us about the danger of fear in 1 Pt. 5:8, “Be sober and vigilant, [use your brains and be on your guard,] for your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, [he can only roar like a lion to make us shake in our shoes, because Jesus conquered him completely at the cross,] seeking whom he can devour, [because fear has the power to paralyze and immobilize prey, which makes them an easy target for any predator,]” (Col. 2:14.) 

However, Jesus has come to “destroy the works of the evil one,” (1 Jn. 3:8.) He called us “out of darkness into His marvelous [spiritual Kingdom] of light,” to place us on a higher level than the natural level of our human emotions, (Rev. 12:11.) But, if we do not fear God on His higher level, we will fear evil on this lower level. Different people deal differently with fear, but here on earth, fear will always remain real. If we do not “overcome” fear in Christ we may not all become psychotic, but we will live irrational, pitiful lives under control of the evil one. 

 

However, fearless, lawless Christians have made the Most High Creator God their “Big Daddy” who supposedly loves them with human affections and literally ‘dance’ when they turn their affections to Him, and on Whose “lap they sit” while joking and laughing with Him, (Mt. 7:21-24.) But the entire Bible tells us that we must fall in reverent fear on our faces before His throne to adore and worship Him in utmost respect. Such holy fear, or complete submission to our Almighty Father God, is the “beginning” of all wisdom. If we lack this reverent fear/respect//love for God, we lack the most vital component of our understanding of, and our relationship with Him. So, through a lack of fear believers wilfully disobey His Word, erect their own dogmas, and rebelliously do their own will. All false doctrine and other sin stem from the fact that humans have lost “their fear of the Lord.”

Someone said [demonic induced] fear is faith in reverse. God commanded at least 365 times in the Bible, (once for every day of the year,) ‘Do not fear, [I Am with you; I will heal, deliver, supply your needs, protect you, defend you, guide you, save you…]” But someone asked the interesting question if it is possible that God speaks through fear. That might be – because if we are lost or in disobedience to God, fear can turn us to repentance, (Jude 1:23.) That is Godly fear – as God does not desire that “anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Pt. 3:9.) However, God also declared, “there is no [irrational] fear in Love, [which is not a feeling but Jesus Himself, 1Jn. 4:8,] because Perfect Love [or the indwelling Christ Himself, Rom. 8:19,] casts out [conquered, satanic] fear [from our thoughts and emotions.]" 

 

How do we practically “overcome” fear?

1.) Know the wiles of your enemy. Although God can use fear to turn us to repentance, when believers do not really know what they are anxious about, it is more likely the voice of the devil, who will always try to move us outside the will of God. He usually succeeds by attacking us with anxiety, doubt, and confusion, while God ‘speaks’ specifically and clearly – not as a surprise through a third party ‘prophet,’ but in our innermost being, thoughts, (mostly as “knowledge” about what is true and right;) through the Word, and circumstances. God will only use people to ‘confirm,’ not to bring ‘revelation.’

2.) The more we “renew our minds” or thoughts prayerfully through contextual, Scriptural knowledge, the better we will understand God, and the less the devil will be able to attack us through thoughts and emotions of anxiety, doubt, and confusion, (Rom. 12:1-2.)

3.) When fear strikes or when in doubt about anything, we may ask our Father in heaven to reveal the truth about ourselves and the situation, (Jer. 33:3.) We must test the fear against the truth of Scripture and ask God to confirm His will for the situation, (1 Jn. 4:1-4.)

4.) Isa. 32:17 declares, “The work of righteousness will produce peace. And the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance.” While ‘peace’ about a situation must also be tested so we cannot be deceived, we can move forward in God’s peace while under fire because we “live by faith and not by sight.”

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