Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Fear then Condemnation - Our Mortal Enemies

In my recent and somewhat painful experience, fear and condemnation are the two mortal enemies of the believer and it is vitally important that we do not bow down to either of them.  Fear prevents happiness it causes us to think, act and behave in polar opposite to how we want to think, act.  Once it's grip takes hold it takes root and feeds off of our submission.  It becomes anchored to our lives and before we know it it is part of our everyday existence.  Its primary goal is to cause condemnation because once you have acted through fear you will probably feel as though you are not worthy of God’s love and it has successfully created an invisible wall between you and the life of peace harmony and tranquility that is rightfully yours through our Lords massive sacrifice and the relationship that Father God desperately wants to have with us (for our own good).

Once fear achieves this it has done its duty to its master, the enemy.

Fear breeds from reasoning, if we try to reason our way out of fear it simply isn't sustainable.  The reason for  this is because the enemy has a endless supply of fear loaded darts at his disposal.  We can rationalize our fears all day and all night but, unless we wake up to the truth that our battle is a spiritual one first and a physical one second, we do not have chance of succeeding again them.  The truth is we are not supposed to fight any battle ourselves.  the truth is that it is not actually our battle.  Scripture states that as believers we are the children of the living God and there is no way He wants us to battle the dark spiritual forces, Principalities and evil rulers of this world on our own.  If we attempt to in our own strength we will fail.

Our first reaction to fear must always be to ask Father how to respond.  This is a Key that unlocks His grace and power.  You may be very surprised at how simple His response could be, but, whatever He says our next response is simply to believe Him and obey and importantly keep obeying despite whatever our rational thoughts of reasoning my give us.  Ask/Obey, has to be be our automatic response to fear.  I cannot stress how important this truth is.  If this is the key then without doubt the door to breakthrough is faith, just Believe.  The enemy knows that this is hard to sustain, so the fears will come back but with practice they will go because they are not given a harbour in our minds.

Fear then Condemnation, can come from a variety of sources too, we have to be resolute to simply believe Father God over all other opinions.  Christians can sometimes be the worst culprits when it comes to causing condemnation.  Opinions on the interpretation of the scripture vary from believer to believer and normally those opinions are held very strongly.  Often without realizing an opinionated believer can cause fear, then condemnation very easily without realizing   This again is another reason why we have to get our Wisdom from Father, through the Holy Spirit coupled by his Word.  Its the only way we can be sure that what we know is right and then we can feel secure and confident. An example of this is the age old argument around what is Marriage.  Does one need a marriage certificate to be married or is the act of sexual consummation the same as marriage in Gods eyes.  I have my view on this based around Fathers guidance to me, others may differ.  Do I respect their views, yes.  Do they make me feel insecure in any shape or form, no they do not.  Because Father cannot lie and he tells me exactly what he thinks.

Through an intimate relationship with Father God Fear then condemnation does not have a chance in our lives, but it is down to us to spend time with Father to develop that most important of relationships if we are to receive his Wisdom which is more precious than rubies.

Further Reading:-

Proverbs 3

Amplified Bible (AMP)
My son, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;
For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.
Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart.
So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man.
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight orunderstanding.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income;
10 So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise or shrink from the chastening of the Lord [His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial]; neither be weary of or impatient about or loathe or abhor His reproof,
12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],
14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.
15 Skillful and godly [a]Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast.
19 The Lord by skillful and godly Wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding He has established the heavens.
20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up, and the skies distill the dew.
21 My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound and godly Wisdom and discretion,
22 And they will be life to your inner self, and a gracious ornament to your neck (your outer self).
23 Then you will walk in your way securely and in confident trust, and you shall not dash your foot or stumble.
24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden terror and panic, nor of the stormy blast or the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes [for you will be guiltless],
26 For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].
27 Withhold not good from those to whom it is due [its rightful owners], when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again; and tomorrow I will give it—when you have it with you.
29 Do not contrive or dig up or cultivate evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly and confidently beside you.
30 Contend not with a man for no reason—when he has done you no wrong.
31 Do not resentfully envy and be jealous of an unscrupulous, grasping man, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the perverse are an abomination [extremely disgusting and detestable] to the Lord; but His confidential communion and secret counsel are with the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him).
33 The curse of the Lord is in and on the house of the wicked, but He declares blessed (joyful and favored with blessings) the home of the just and consistently righteous.
34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners, yet He gives His undeserved favor to the low [in rank], the humble, and the afflicted.
35 The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.
18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).