Monday, August 01, 2022

FOR GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR

'For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.' - 2 Timothy 1 vs 7

A whole lot of persons living in the earth today are living in fear; fear birthed from their lack of understanding of the WORD, and this fear ranges in forms and types, and is diverse. Speaking particularly of Christians: some have fear/anxiety that they are going to hell, some have fear/anxiety that they have offended God and God is angry at them, some fear that they will die. The fear is just diverse, based on what the situation the person is faced with. But dearly beloved, the first thing I want you to know this minute is, fear does not come from God. Let's examine our opening Bible verse again;

'For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.' - 2 Timothy 1 vs 7 {KJV}

We are informed that God has not given us the spirit of fear. In other words, God did not give the spirit of fear; meaning that God did not give the spirit of fear to the Believer. That means that, if a Believer is consumed in fear and anxiety, that anxiety or fear didn't come from God. - Think about it

FEAR HAS A VOICE

For the fact that someone is afraid, it means that there's something that has made him afraid. Men don't fear for nothing, something makes a man to fear. - Selah

So fear has a voice. A Believer who has fear in him is terrified or overwhelmed by a voice - an inner voice, and evidently that voice is the voice of falsehood which is of the devil. Once that voice is addressed by the Word of God, so goes the fear also. It's instant, and joy and peace becomes the order of that heart and mind. Hallelujah!

Our opening Bible verse lists to us three (3) virtues that God gave to us. Let's look into them;

  • Power
  • Love
  • Sound mind

Remember I highlighted to you that fear has a voice. Now God did not give us the spirit of fear, but He gave us His Spirit. Now the Spirit of God in the Believer manifests these three in him; Power, Love and Sound mind. - Selah

'But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.' - John 14 vs 26 {KJV}

In these words of the Lord Jesus, we see one of the Ministries of the Holy Spirit in the Believer,

BRINGING THE SPOKEN WORD TO OUR REMEMBRANCE

The Holy Spirit reminds us of God's power in us; the Holy Spirit reminds us of God's Love towards us in Christ, the Holy spirit reminds us of our new nature in Christ, causing us to walk in discipline and self-control.
Note: the word 'sound mind' as used in our opening Bible passage speaks of 'discipline and self-control'. That's the context. Okay.

Dearly beloved, when the devil tells you that you will go to hell for whatever reason, and you are troubled by that voice and you begin to be in fear and anxiety, the Holy Spirit reminds you of the Love of the Father towards you, by rehearsing in your heart the written word concerning the assurance of your Salvation, and that voice is silenced, and immediately you feel lifted; lo, you are lifted and free! By the WORD. - Think about it

Let's see some words of assurance;

'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' - John 3 vs 16 {KJV}

  • Whosoever believes in Him should not perish

'For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.' - Romans 5 vs 10 {KJV}

  • If when we were enemies (unbelievers, sinners) God loved us, much more now that we are His children, His love for us is unchangeably certain.
  • If when we were sinners, our sins didn't stop God from loving us, much more now that we belong to Him, do you think He is against you because of your mistakes? - Think about it

As you read these words, I feel in my spirit that the Lord is filling hearts with Peace, even by these words. Amen. Now understand this, a Believer who doesn't have the knowledge of the Gospel cannot experience the fullness of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in his life. That is because the Holy Spirit does not speak to us His own words, Jesus said so! The Holy Spirit reminds us of what has already been spoken/written, He guides us into the knowledge of the Truth - that means, the Holy Spirit helps us understand the Scriptures.

'And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost...' - John 20 vs 22 {KJV}

He imparted on them the Holy Spirit. Luke's account of this verse tells us what that impartation did to them;

'Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures...' - Luke 24 vs 25 {KJV}

You see... So we clearly see and understand that it is the Ministry of the Holy Spirit to guide the Believer into the understanding of the written word. - Selah

So I said to you that a Believer who doesn't have the knowledge of the Gospel cannot experience the fullness of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in his life. That is because the Holy Spirit does not speak to us His own words, the Lord Jesus said so! The Holy Spirit reminds us of what has already been spoken/written;

'Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.' - John 16 vs 13 {KJV}

  • For He shall not speak of Himself
  • Whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak

So we clearly see and understand that the Holy Spirit only speaks to us the words which God has spoken.

'But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.' - John 14 vs 26 {KJV}

  • He shall bring to our remembrance the words which Christ has spoken

Dearly beloved, having read these things, you see the importance of the Believer having the knowledge of the WORD in him.

When the devil tells you anything that brings fear and anxiety into your life, recall what the Word has said concerning that situation, and stand on it; that becomes the end of that fear.

'Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.' - Ephesians 6 vs 16 {KJV}

From this verse, we understand that indeed satan fires darts to men. Some are darts to the body, some are darts into the mind. But whatever the dart is, the WORD tells us how to overcome them; the WORD says that we should take the shield of faith, with which we quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

HOW DO YOU TAKE THE SHIELD OF FAITH?

In understanding how we take hold of the shield of faith, let's examine the Sword and the Shield, as instruments of war (physical). The Sword is held with the hands, the Shield (which is a protection) is held also with the hands. So we have established an understanding that the Shield and the Sword are held with the hand. Okay. Let's see this;

'And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God...' - Ephesians 6 vs 17 {KJV}

  • The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God

Here, we see the word of God referred to as a Sword, as a spiritual weapon; but this time, it is handled with the mouth not the hand. It's called the 'word of God'. That means it is handled with the mouth because words are found in the mouth not in the hand. - Selah

'Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.' - Revelations 2 vs 16 {KJV}

  • The sword of My mouth

That means, the words of my mouth. Look at it, nobody holds a sword with the mouth. So that line of words 'the sword of My mouth' means 'the words of my mouth'. This proves again to us that the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God is handled with the mouth. So you don't fight spiritual battles by holding your Bible in your hand; that's not gonna get the job done. The word must be in your mouth, you must speak forth the WORD concerning your situation in order to see the desired changes. - Selah

Now, we've established the fact that the Sword and the Shield as physical weapons are held with the hands. Likewise, the Sword and the Shield as spiritual weapons are held with the mouth. - Think about it

'Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.' - Ephesians 6 vs 16 {KJV}

He says, take the shield faith. Take. That word 'Take' connotes using the hands. And we saw that the Sword which is a hand weapon in the physical, is handled with the mouth as a spiritual weapon. That means, every spiritual weapon which exists in the physical, that is presented to us in the Bible in the same context of 'take', is handled with the mouth. - Think about it. May God grant you understanding.

So we take the shield of faith by speaking the Word of God in counter attack to the situation that we are faced with.

In physical battle, the Sword is used for attack, the Shield is used for defence. It's same with spiritual battles; the WORD is used for attack, and the same WORD is used for defence.

When you are attacked by the enemy, you speak forth the Word of God concerning that situation that you are faced with; you recall what the WORD has said concerning what you are faced with, and you speak it forth, standing upon it, and you will have the victory over that situation.

Remember our opening Bible passage;

'For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.' - 2 Timothy 1 vs 7 {KJV}

Remember what I explained to you that the Spirit which God gave us (The Holy spirit) reminds us of God's power in us, He reminds us of God's Love towards us, and He reminds us of our new nature in Christ.

The Holy Spirit reminds us of God's Love towards us. That means, any voice you hear that does not come from the place of love, is not from God! Any voice that condemns you or judges you or accuses you, is not the voice of the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit reminds us of the Father's Love for us, He doesn't judge us; He doesn't condemn us, He doesn't accuse us.

'Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.' - Romans 8 vs 33 - 34 {KJV}

  • Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?
Meaning, who can bring any accusation against the Believer in Christ? It's obvious that God does not do the accusation, hence the question!

  • It is God that justifieth
God cannot justify and accuse at the same time. - Selah. To justify means to be declared not guilty. God cannot say you are not guilty, and at the same time pass a sentence on you. - Beloved think!!!

  • Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died
He is telling you that nobody can condemn you; because the one (satan) that condemns you didn't die for you. The one that has the authority and legality to condemn you, died for you; His name is JESUS. Glory to God forever. Amen.

Waowww! What a time we have had in the WORD. I know that God has refreshed your heart by these words that I have spoken unto you by the Spirit of God. Live in peace. Fear not. God is with you.

- Jenning U. Angel

1 comment:

  1. That's very wonderful...
    Simplified....you really nailed it... remain blessed bro..

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