Psalms 34:4 NKJV I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
It is important that the Body of Christ recognize its fearless nature and walk in it. Why? Because fear will keep you from being who God intended you to be. It will keep you from walking in the fullness of what God has for you and accomplishing His will for your life.
Genesis 3:7-10 NKJV Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (8) And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (9) Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” (10) So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
I’ve often wondered what would have happened if instead of hiding Adam would have just come right out and told God of his blunder. Better yet, what if immediately after disobeying God when “…the eyes of both of them were opened,” they lifted their voices and cried out to God for help and mercy. I probably won’t know the answer to those questions until I get a chance to ask the Lord face to face and may not even care at that point. But regardless, the perfect plan and will of God for Adam and Eve was not realized.
God’s desire was to have a relationship with man full of love and unabated by fear. Fear drove Adam to flee from the presence of God. Adam’s fear, not because of his nudity, but because of his loss of the Glory he was clothed in and what that now meant for himself and mankind (Eve just got done having a conversation with the devil debating the consequences and their meaning of partaking of the fruit, “in dying you shall surely die.”) drove him out of the will of God for his life. Fear will drive you out of the will of God for your life too.
Fear has kept many people from sharing the Gospel. It has also kept many from stepping out in faith to pursue their divine purpose. I knew a couple that was called to minister together as pastors. They were highly active in their church and being used to minister precious life to the Saints of God. They both desired to take FMTIonline.com Bible School courses but decided to work on their business degrees first. Their reasoning was so they could have better jobs to support them as they later began Bible School and stepped out in to ministry. They got those degrees and with them came better jobs. Then the fear or lack kept them bound to their secular jobs and drove them to make some bad financial decisions in attempt to make even more money. Still pursuing greater financial independence, they choose to work even longer hours keeping them from even serving in their church. Ultimately, they divorced. He remarried his girlfriend he met working those extended hours (after she divorced her husband to be with him), and none of them are involved in ministry today.
Fear will keep us from pursuing God. Hebrews 11:6 tells us a non-reverential fear (terror) of God will keep us away from His presence. Fears of all types, ultimately drives us to flee His will and not realize His purpose for our lives.
The good news is we have been delivered from all fear and don’t have to forfeit our futures to it. Choose life today and seek after Him. When you mess up, run quickly to Him. In Him is the fearless life you have been called to live. Now look back at last week’s post an take some vitamin PRAISE. Fear Not!