“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in
1 John 4:4.
The Apostle John is speaking to those individuals who
belong to Jesus Christ. He addresses us as little
children, which is a term of endearment; he goes on to
admonish the brethren against dangers in the spiritual
realm. John says “Ye are of God”, only those who are born
again fall into this category. Because Christ has been
victorious over His foes, we who belong to Him through
faith can celebrate His victory over death as we too have
victory. Therefore we have no reason to fear Christ’s
foes. Why? We’ve been given the power to withstand them.
That doesn’t mean Satan is through attacking believers.
Quite the contrary, he is fully intent on crippling us in
regards to our walk with Christ. How does he do this? His
tactic is legendary because of its success.
Fear is the key to Satan’s flourishing but debilitating
dark and sinister practices. Using fear as a weapon, Satan
and his evil horde of minions have demonstrated enormous
influence over the minds of many followers of Jesus
Christ. Fear will ultimately eliminate the usefulness of a
Christian in regards to their purpose which is to promote
the Gospel to this lost world. Fear can weaken our
resolve, while we are overcome with a sense of dread,
terror, horror, which leads to panic in the face of
adversity. Fear can freeze up our walk with Christ which
is why fear is a preferred tool of the enemy.
Darkness instills fear, and the enemy is the lord of
darkness. Just contemplating venturing out into the dark
night can conjure up images in our minds of all sorts of
ghouls and goblins. God never glorifies darkness. Why?
Because it is the realm of the malevolent supernatural –
ever wonder why we can’t see in the dark? Ever wonder why
as soon as we switch on the light or the sun begins to
peak over the horizon we then become at ease and relieved
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good:”
Genesis 1:3-4a. God
proclaims the light good. But try as we might we can’t
find where God specifically declares the darkness as good.
The Hebrew word “choshek”, translated into English as
“darkness”, can also mean “obscurity, to obscure, or
confuse”. From the word obscurity we get “gloom, spiritual
unreceptively, and calamity”. Darkness breeds confusion;
and that is Satan’s playground. This is where fear becomes
enabled in our psyche.
Remember when I speak of Satan and his seeking to destroy
us, I’m also referring to hordes of malevolent helpers he
has at his disposal. Satan is not God, it’s impossible for
him to work alone. When you give some thought to who he is
you come to the conclusion that he is only a very poor
excuse for a supernatural being. But like I said, his
powers of persuasion are legendary.
Satan capitalizes on the fear factor in everyone, but
especially in those who have given their lives to Christ.
He maximizes fear to its highest level, this begins a
process of eroding our confidence, which leads to an
attitude of defeat. When fear is enabled, even for a
moment, we become a person with a disability. Our
“fearful” disabilities becomes a stronghold for the enemy,
and consider this, the enemy never rests.
Fear can convince us to change course, take another path,
even to persuade us to discontinue certain aspects of our
Christian walk. Through fear the Christian can be consumed
with doubt, doubt that will focus on the denial of what
God has promised those who will keep the faith. As born
again believers in Christ, God has placed His Holy Spirit
within us. So really, what is there to fear? God is
greater than any of His foes. His Holy Spirit is not a
subset of a greater God, He is God.
Scary stuff will always arise in our lives, but it’s when
we allow those scary things to manifest into fears to be
our minds that we are actually permitting the enemy a firm
hold on our lives. The demonic supernatural presence
surrounding us knows full well how fear cripples. Most
people will attempt to dismiss any thought of demons as
pure myth and will relegate anyone who believes in the
demonic to the realm of lunatics on the fringe of society.
This is, of course, exactly what Satan wants. Christians
should know better.
“Fear not” is a phrase which is given numerous times in
the scriptures as an admonishment to encourage us. Yet
many Christians become overwhelmed with fear to the point
that they are stricken with mental paralysis. Why? As
believers in Christ we need not be fearful of anything
worldly nor should we fear the supernatural. People tell
me that they, at times, have been too afraid to speak up
for Jesus. This fear is one of perception; they fear those
who don’t believe. They fear being mocked, ridiculed, or
subjected to some other form of mental persecution.
Do you love Him? Seriously, do you love Him? Would you
even have to think twice about standing up for your spouse
or children? No! We would be fearless in such a case. Why
then, when the world threatens our family are we fully
prepared to defend them but in the case of someone
attacking our greatest love, our glorious blessed Hope
(Jesus the Christ) do we remain silent? Because Satan has
already established a stronghold of fear in the lives of
many of Jesus’ followers?
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and
in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with
perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;”
Luke 21:25. The above
verse is a small example of what people will be
experiencing in the last days before the Lords return,
days which will be filled with perplexity. Perplexity
causes men to become confused and disorientated, unable to
make decisions. Which causes them to have doubts about
which way to go. The very next verse tells it all
failing them for fear,”
Perplexity leads to fear, which leads to the failing of
The poisonous darts of the enemy will increase in the last
days and those who have rejected the Lord Jesus will
become a powerful resource for the enemy to draw from. A
state of fear placed upon the “in Christ” believer will
only serve the enemy in these last days. When God says
“fear not” He’s telling us we have nothing to fear as we
are His children. God delights in lighting our paths as He
guides us through the darkness.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me...”
Psalm 23:4. Who can
forget the 23rd Psalm; most of us have it
memorized. It is a comfort to repeat it, even more so in
the face of adversity. We fear no evil. Why? Because thou
art with us, O God. Jesus is the rock and shield for all
those who follow Him. When the enemy attacks, Jesus is our
strength because carnal weapons will do us no good. When
we are compassed about by the enemy and his minions who
revel in darkness, God and His holy angels are with us,
but in numbers of such magnitude the enemy doesn’t stand a
chance. At that point the enemy cowers and makes a speedy
retreat. God will never walk away from a fight to protect
If we allow doubt to creep in through fear the enemy finds
an easy target to destroy. Destruction of the human race
is what the enemy is all about. By filling the children of
God with fear, the enemy will facilitate his goal of
convincing many to follow him straight into Hell. The more
fearful Christians are the less promoting of the Gospel
We who follow Jesus with all our heart are His emissaries.
As such we carry a message from God to be delivered to
anyone who God chooses to place in our path. That message
is a message of hope. No matter how tough it gets while we
sojourn this world we mustn’t allow fear to dominate us or
we will be consumed with it and doubt will be a natural
outcropping. We are told to hold fast to the faith.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without
wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews
Here’s a little reminder I believe is appropriate at this
juncture. Neglecting the study of God’s word, leaves us
wide open for the enemy’s shenanigans. Satan will dominate
the life of a believer when that believer ignores God. God
speaks to us through His word. We can never overcome fear
unless we trust God and rely on His inerrant word.
Disobedient children are always going to run into problems
or obstacles that seem insurmountable because they’ve lost
their focus on their greatest love. I assure you, true
Bible study will turn into a habit that you will love and
Jesus unabashedly tells His disciples what fear is – it’s
a lack of faith.
“And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it
that ye have no faith?” Mark
In this verse Jesus tells His disciples that they are
faithless. There is nothing resembling faith in their
actions as they allowed the fear of perishing to consume
them. At that point in time His disciples still hadn’t
recognized who Jesus really was, but today His followers
know exactly who He is, fear and doubt should be the
furthest thing from our minds.
“Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall
Psalm 27:3. David was a
man who at various times was surrounded by his enemies,
yet we’ve learned that he was also a man who was fully
reliant on God for his strength. David was fearless as he
stood up for his God. How can we be any less fearless as
we stand up for Christ, after all, are we not children of
the Most High God? The malevolent armies that surround us,
relentless as they are, are in battle with the Lord of all
creation. Although they pursue us with an unholy
determination to destroy us, as we move into the mode of
combatant we must always remember that the actual physical
battle belongs to the Lord. Our weapon of choice is
“The angel of the LORD
encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth
them.” Psalm 34:7. Here
we’re told that those who belong to the Lord have nothing
to fear from God’s enemies. Why? We are encompassed round
about by a multitude of godly angels and they are here for
the guarding of the saints – we’re protected on every
side. The battle rages, the enemy is relentless, but he is
powerless against obedient godly angels.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the
flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
There is no room for fear in the life of a born again
believer “in Christ” – fear only leads to an unfulfilled
“Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee:
thou saidst, Fear not.” Lamentations 3:57.
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