1Samuel 31:4 NKJV Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.” But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it.
Here is a fear I wish more people had. “But I thought these were devotionals about walking free from fear,” you might say. They are. Having proper attitudes toward the men and/or women God has put as authorities in our lives can provide you with an amazing confidence as you walk through life. It removes a stumbling block from one’s mind in receiving the promises of God and keeps the enemy from having any additional ammunition to fire against us. It puts us in the divine flow and keeps us in the right spot to walk in the maximum flow of His anointing.
God established order. The Scripture records in Romans 13:1-2 that all authority comes from God and when we are irresponsible to that authority we are being irresponsible to God and we will have to answer to Him. In 1 Samuel 26:9 David said, “…who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guitless?” Now this doesn’t mean that all those in authority are right. It does not mean they are even attempting to do what is just and good. It doesn’t mean we should mindlessly obey their every whim. When David spoke this regarding killing Saul, King Saul was trying to kill him and David had already been anointed to be king in Saul’s stead years prior. It means we should respond respectfully even when we disagree. Just as Daniel, who disobeyed King Darius’s law about praying only to him, truthfully admitted to his actions to the obey God over the Kings law and submitted willingly to the punishment, we are to adopt the same type of an attitude.
Saul’s armorbearer feared harming and attacking his leader, yet many church members have roasted pastor for dinner every Sunday. They back bite and stab each other as well as church leadership with their comments and actions. This is not good and will be answered for. If your pastor or church leader wants you or the church to do something immoral and ungodly, DO NOT do it, and you may have to contact other church officials or even law enforcement, but you can do it with a good attitude and not one filled with spite. If you simply disagree about a course of action but it is not immoral, then shut-up and resist the temptation to spit knives (that is slander and gossip). Doing so will keep you in a position to walk in the best God has for you and allow you to walk upright and with confidence in every situation without fear. Fear Not!
2Corinthians 12:20 NKJV For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;