Sandy Warner ~ ~ swauthor777@usa.net ~ ~ www.thequickenedword.com


OVERCOMING FEAR

8/24/02

Hi Loved Ones,

I just sent to you a Word from Paul Keith Davis who shared a vision given to Bob Jones about overcoming Goliath. In his vision, Goliath was fear. It was quickened to me to share some pointers the Lord has personally taught me about overcoming fear.

FEARING LOSS

Usually when people battle fear, it is because they fear loss. Whether it be their health, their loved ones, their self image, their reputations, their ministries, their lifestyles, their finances, their dreams, their homes, their jobs, their confidence, their unknown futures, their faith, their promises, even their very livesÖ People fear when they are faced with the possibility they will lose something that is precious to them.

FEARING CHANGE

In all these above examples there are common threads. One of these is the fear of loss. Another is the fear of change. If we lose something, it causes change. The very nature of change requires flexibility and that can touch our fixed foundations and make us feel insecure and shaky.

The lack of change (inflexibility) is a false security that brings some stability from the wrong sources. The Lord has given us many good and wonderful gifts, but He has not intended them to be our source of security.

FEAR IS A CONTROL ISSUE

I believe the bottom line of fearing anything is answering the question, "Who is in control?" If we think that our circumstances are in control, or people, nations, demons, principalities, genes, darkness, etc, then we have a weak God Who started the whole thing, but stands by and only watches to see what will happen. At the very bottom line of our faith, we have to decide Who is in control. Usually if we fear something, it also means we fear because we have lost control. If we fear losing control over our lives, perhaps it is time to give control over what we fear to the Lord. He cares, He loves, He is our loving Papa and He wants to be intimately involved in every detail of our lives.

Along with His harvest for souls, the Lordís last day agenda is for His bride to overcome darkness, place it under her feet and come out of a polluted world without spot or wrinkle. Now that is quite an agenda when we are nothing but specks of dust and hunks of clay. It is simply not in our own strength, skill or might that we will accomplish anything of Godís agenda while on earth. It is only in companioning with Him and His intimate involvement in every detail of our lives that we can do anything of worth.

TURNING FEAR INTO FAITH

So, the only way we face our fears, overcome dark plans and get clean in the process is to yield the control over what we fear, to the Lord. Consider the following two scriptures and see Who is in control over our overcoming giants.

Deut 7:21-23 NKJV

You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is among you. And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.

Josh 11:20 KJV

For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.

It was the Lordís agenda for His people to move out of Egypt into their promised place. They had to overcome the giants occupying their promises in order to do so. He was the One Who told them to overcome these giants little by little. He was the One Who hardened the giantís hearts at the right time, the right place and the right season when it was time for them to be destroyed. It was all allotted warfare, one step at a time under the careful attention of a Mighty God Who rules and reigns.

Rev 19:6 NKJV

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

FEAR OF DEATH

When the Lord is in control, does He allow casualties? Does He allow death? Does He allow loss? Yes He does. That is why our faith in a loving God outshines any evil plot the enemy can generate. It is a real war with real threats and real fatalities. Losses do occur, but our loving God cries with us, and He also restores, replenishes, redeems and rewards us for everything we suffer. (1 Cor 15:25-27, Rom 8:18, I John 3:2)

The very heart of His last day events in overcoming the enemy is found in the following scripture:

Rev 12:10-11 KJV

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The enemy is overcome first by Jesusí blood. Jesus paid the price with His own life so that we can appropriate His blood into our lives and overcome the enemy even as Jesus did. (Rom 8:29)

The second way we overcome the enemy is in what we say about our TESTings. In order to have a TESTimony, we have to have tests.

The last way we overcome is yielding our lives. There are many kinds of death, along with martyrdom. Whenever we suffer loss to any degree, it is death. When we offer control to the Lord over what we fear losing, and He allows it to be taken away, we are going through death to self.

Matt 10:38-39 NLT

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it.

LAYING IT DOWN FOR A FRIEND

Jesus said:

John 15:13-14 NKJV

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

We have no greater love, no greater gift to give the Lord then to lay down our lives for Him. When we give Him something that we treasure and ask Him to keep it in His loving care, and yet we suffer loss, we have given that treasure to Him, our Friend. He is our Beloved Whose face is moist with tears as He receives our gifts and feels our pain.

WE HAVE A FUTURE AND A HOPE

Jer 29:10-12 NKJV

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Regardless of what our circumstances tell us about the loving God we serve, we must believe that He has given us a future and a hope. We have Christ in us, the hope of glory. We will walk as Jesus walked on earth. We will place darkness under our feet and all hell will tremble with each step. We will overcome little by little, and He will call us FRIENDS. (Col 1:27, Rom 16:20)

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR

Lord we ask that above all spiritual gifts, above all ambitions and pursuits, that we know You and Your love. We are nothing without Your love. We have nothing without Your love. We are not even able to love without Your love, for You first loved us. We are not able to overcome the enemy unless we trust in Your love. It is in the power of Your love that brings darkness its greatest defeat. And so we ask that You will grant us Your love, and then grant us creative ways to stand upon that love and practice that love, until little by little, we overcome our greatest fears.

1 John 4:18-19 NKJV

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.

Lovingly,

Sandy

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