(A.K.A. Choosing WHOM we should be fearing...)
Back in the days of the Early Ecclessia gentiles who had plead allegiance to the God of Israel were called “God Fearers”. It meant that they reverenced the Hebrew God. It didn't mean they were terrified of Him. Of course they certainly could be! But it meant that they recognized that His power IS fearsome, and that staying on the right side of Him would be a great idea!
Fear itself, however, is a powerful emotion. It is the leading response of a fallen flesh that is hiding out from God. Or attempting to. We all know, of course, at least those paying attention, that no one can really hide from Him!
But there is a reason that fear is among the most used tactics of the enemy, along with, “divide and conquer'!
Two acronyms have been used to describe fear rather accurately, “False Evidence Appearing Real”, or “Facts Emulating Actual Reality”.
Facts, you see, even when valid and “provable” in our realm, are merely temporal, earthly realities. They can, therefore, impact our earthly life in major ways. Especially when they are taken as the final word!
However, facts, mere earthly realities, are NOT the final word for GOD! He made this place and can therefore change whatever He pleases! He is not restrained to our mere realities! Facts are the boundaries of the fallen flesh. It is all it has to work with. Faith is what rises us above those limitations.
Fear is a sign of inward respect. It is an indicator that we recognize – or at least perceive - the power - of something or someone - to deliver or destroy.
But it can become way more. Fear can grow into a sort of life-eating monster that colors everything in destruction, steals our joy, and dooms us to the destiny which we stupidly declare under its influence!
We forget the reality that what we speak comes from our heart! It represents the sum total of what we really believe! That is often true even when we think we are joking. That is why it is VERY important to gage and control what comes out of our mouths - on any subject!
Because what we speak in faith – true belief – changes our world to line up with that belief. That is the kind of power we carry. The writer of Proverbs states, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:31). We get what we believe enough to demand verbally.
That is why we are instructed to renew our minds with TRUTH. (Romans 12) Truth overrides mere fact. Truth - recognizing the source of it - places our reverence back where it goes – on The ONE Who Is actually ALL POWERFUL – and establishes our Faith in the place of Peace, Joy, Love … etc. The Fruit of that Spirit of Truth.
Yeshua explains the difference in Matthew 21:21-22: “Jesus, answering, said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have FAITH, and doubt (FEAR) not, ye shall not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
In cursing the fig tree for being fruitless in the time of fruitfulness, He was demonstrating HIS ANOINTING, which is Authority over the earth. We can read the sad account of the loss of that authority was given to Adam, in Genesis, and which he, in turn, let the enemy trick him out of!
Yeshua came to buy that Anointing and Authority back for US! And He did so with His life! He then sent His Spirit to restore it to whomsoever would believe on HIM. Anyone who believes and reverences Yeshua's position as Messiah – Christ – Anointed ONE – can walk in HIS ANOINTING, through obedience!
This Messiah who had been prophesied for centuries, and then manifested in Bethlehem as promised – HE has the power to walk and operate in that Authority and Anointing, as we were designed to do! And He gives it to US by His Spirit, AS we choose to BELIEVE His WORD.
But in order come into that place of power we MUST get our fear under the control of His Spirit. We must fear HIM ONLY. We must fear NOTHING, or NO ONE, ELSE! If we FEAR HIM ONLY as instructed, then all the other fears just melt away!
These scriptures also speak plainly to us about the sole recipient of our fear, respect and reverence.
Isaiah 8:11-13 “For Jehovah spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
“Say ye not, 'A conspiracy', concerning all whereof this people shall say, 'A conspiracy'; neither fear ye their fear, nor be in dread thereof . Jehovah of hosts, Him shall ye sanctify; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.”
And this passage from Mathew 10:26-31 KJV; see also, Luke 12:4-7 Yeshua speaking:
“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak ye in the light; and what ye hear in the ear, proclaim upon the house-tops. And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father: but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
Yeshua is pointing out that not only are we to give our respect to God alone, we are to understand that HE values US as well! Let that sink in just a minute! That bit about the sparrows was not just empty rhetoric.
He wants to raise us from the fallen, groveling, fear-driven mess that the flesh became under sin, and restore us to the Anointing-Empowered, Authority-driven, rulers of this planet, NOW. PLUS co-rulers with HIM in a limitless eternal world, after we conquer this one!
Listen guys, this place is simply boot-camp! We've no idea of the scope of what is to come. But we are told that it will be glorious – IF in placing our fear we choose wisely!
Life or Death. Blessing or Cursing. God or Flesh. Those are all the same choice, by the way. There is no neutral zone where we can just hang out until the last minute. We need to be making the choice day by day, minute by minute. We will choose what we actually fear - and we will fear that to which WE attribute power. What we choose to fear or follow will determine the outcome of the rest of our lives.
But again, we do not choose God because He is the big bully in the sky. Nor should we regard His commands as some plan to just suck all the fun out of life! What the flesh seeks as “fun”, relief or medication from the devastating effects of the fall, will eventually destroy it utterly – now and eternally. We should not grant it any of its misplaced desires!
God, the GOD that I know personally, who reached down to a terrified three year old through a gray haired pastor's wife, the God Who that has healed, blessed and restored me through the years, is a God of POWER. And that power can be fearsome!
But His biggest power is His ability to love the likes of us, to still want us after all the crap we've leveled against Him, and to change us into HIS IMAGE again, so that WE walk in that power that causes evil to tremble, instead of the other way around!
I'm going to keep saying this until I can't say it anymore - If we only knew Him better we could never deny Him.
And THAT'S The TRUTH.