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194. Listen, Rest, and Make a Choice

Posted by John Smith on August 8, 2014

Isaiah 7:4-7 MSG Tell him, Listen, calm down. Don’t be afraid. And don’t panic over these two burnt-out cases, Rezin of Aram and the son of Remaliah. They talk big but there’s nothing to them. (5) Aram, along with Ephraim’s son of Remaliah, have plotted to do you harm. They’ve conspired against you, saying, (6) ‘Let’s go to war against Judah, dismember it, take it for ourselves, and set the son of Tabeel up as a puppet king over it.’ (7) But GOD, the Master, says, “It won’t happen. Nothing will come of it.

How would you like to be the prophet Isaiah here and told to boldly approach the King of Judah, who is in a pretty horrifying situation, and tell him, “Don’t be afraid.”? Having told a lot of people to ‘Fear Not’ I’ve learned that they don’t always appreciate it. The main reason is because they feel powerless to do so. They are overwhelmed with the reports of their situation and their thoughts and don’t believe or don’t know that they can control their feelings.

Two things that help us to not be afraid are to calm down/be quite and to listen. We’ve talked about both of those in previous posts. Doing these things will help you not be afraid, but you will still have to decide if you are going to BE afraid or not.

Fear is a choice. You do not have to become afraid. When fearful circumstances, reports or thoughts come your way you have a decision to make. Relaxing and taking a moment to get away from the immediacy of the feeling like you must REACT and listening to the Word of the Lord concerning His promises toward you and the situation you face will equip you with the information and the faith you need to make your decision, but you will still have to make it.

It is possible to have fearful emotions or thoughts attack you and yet not embrace them and become afraid. Fear is not in the nature of God. Fear came about as result of the fall and it is part of the curse under God’s broken law. Praise God, we have been redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal 3:13) and delivered from fear (Psalm 34:4). Now our job is to resist fear.

James tells us we are to submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:17). Paul admonishes us to stand against the enemy and withstand him by putting on our heavenly nature and speaking the Word. Like Rezin and the son of Remaliah in the Scripture above, your enemy talks big but there is nothing to it. You can listen to God’s Word, rest in His presence, then make a choice to submit to His will and your fearless nature in Him resisting the devil by staying in His peace and not becoming afraid. Trust in His Word and don’t be afraid, there is nothing to the threats of the enemy.

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