PERFECT ANTIDOTE FOR FEAR, 09.03.20
The best, and the only true antidote for fear is walking in intimacy with the Lord, which includes walking in absolute surrender, enabling walking in the Spirit. This principle is applicable regardless of the source of the fear, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise. In the life of a believer, the source is always the same, it is the Lord Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah, and the individual’s relationship with Father/Son/Holy Spirit. HOW can one know if their walk is aligned with these concepts, and how does one do this? Looking at God’s principles and promises with a view to their application will lead to that which is needed. Let’s have a look. Starting with Old Testament, working our way to the New Testament . . . EXODUS 15:26 “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you”
ISAIAH 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. PSALM 34: 4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. 6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Each of these promises hinge on certain conditions. Now you may have been taught that those so-called conditions no longer apply, because of being under GRACE, because of the Blood of Jesus/Yeshua, etc. Let’s see if they still apply by finding parallel promises/statements in the NT:
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done”
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:27-32
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
The set of passages has been included to allow for the context to provide intended meaning. Get ready to look closer at this when we go to MENTORING CORNER/STUDY GUIDE.
“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be
Knowing God’s Word is crucial here, for in order to receive, hear, and do as Paul taught, it is necessary to become familiar with all of his teachings. A STUDY of ROMANS chapters 6-8, combined with Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians will be very helpful to consult and study in more depth.
4 I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
10 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing
15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!
16 But since you are lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
Although the promises are available to all believers, the full potential of each one is hampered by those things that are not surrendered in their lives, thus may not be fully realized or activated.
It is not that any believer’s walk is expected to be perfect; however one’s intent, and true heart’s desire is reflected through the degree to which one is actually surrendered. When the individual walks in obedience, surrendered in each area of life to the extent that they understand surrender, the doors are closed to the Enemy.
Helpful in grasping the concept of surrender and the importance thereof, is Charles Stanley’s message, “Living a Surrendered Life,” which I highly recommend each participant study (see link below).
Surrender, Stanley points out, is beyond just making one simple statement of surrender at the time of salvation; rather it is the “surrender of you will” (Charles Stanley, “Living a Surrendered Life”). “When is the last time you ever said to God: ‘Lord, I want Your Will?’ . . . most people spend most of their lives never fully surrendering their lives,” Stanley points out; and he proceeds to expound on how whatever is in our lives that is not surrendered absolutely affects, takes away from, and hinders our walk and blocks blessings from the Lord (which can certainly include His protection), for this indicates that there are degrees of protection/coverage in accordance with our walk. And if that were not so why would Jesus/Yeshua Himself have made the stipulation that He makes in John 15? and why would Paul emphasize the whole armour of God (Eph.6)? If all believers were allotted full protection carte blanche, by His Grace, by being covered with the Blood of Jesus/Yeshua, why should it have even been mentioned? And why would confession/repentance/forgiveness (1 Cor.11:30) have any bearing on possible sickness, consequences, or anything else for that matter?
“What is there in your life that you are still clinging to? Is there something in your will that you are not surrendered to? Can you honestly say that you want full surrender, as Jesus did when He said ‘not My will, but Yours, be done’?” (Stanley, “Living a Surrendered Life”). Considering people’s fears of what they may need to give up by completely surrendering to God, Stanley has this to say: “The safest place to be is surrendered to Him” (Stanley, “Living a Surrendered Life”). Yes. You guessed it: the perfect antidote for fear is LIVING A LIFE OF DAILY SURRENDER.
Dr. Charles Stanley, “Living a Surrendered Life” March 6, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0CL698_HZg
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