6. God Desires to Fulfill His Promises to You

try-not-to-laugh-challengeGenesis 18:15  But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.
And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

Twenty-Four years have passed since the time God first spoke to Abram about making him a great nation (Gen 12).  God has formed a covenant with Abram to make him the father of many nations, changed his name to Abraham, and blessed him abundantly.  In the midst of this, Abram and Sarai attempted to fulfill God’s promise by giving Hagar, Sarai’s maidservant, to conceive with Abram because she was too old to have children.  Abraham is now 100 years old and Sarai, now Sarah, is 90.  The Lord appears to Abraham again and tells him that within the year Sarah would conceive and give birth to a son.  Sarah was listening in on the conversation from the other side of the tent door and began to laugh to herself, because of how impossible the words seemed to her because of their age and she was post-menopausal (Gen 18:10).  The Lord seemingly shocked by Sarah’s disbelief and lack of faith asks Abraham, who didn’t know she was eavesdropping, why she was laughing.  When Sarah was asked why she laughed, she lied.  She denied it because she was afraid.

Fear drives people to do all kinds of things:  steal, hurt others, etc. or in this case lie.  Sarah was afraid for she knew her laughter stemmed from mistrust and unbelief in the words of this kind stranger, who was the Lord, Himself.  When she was confronted with the reality of her inward thoughts and the condition of her heart, fear consumed her and she lied to her husband and to the Lord, which is a futile endeavor.  So, FEAR NOT!

When the Lord reveals attitudes you have in your heart, or things contradictory to His Word in your life, FEAR NOT.  Remember He is for you and not against you (Rom 8:31).  These attitudes, thoughts, or actions are things God is trying to bring to light in our lives so that we can grow more into the image of Him.  God is not trying to hurt us, so we don’t have to deny or justify these things. Instead, fearlessly examine our heart, attitudes, and actions.  Then apply the Word of God to them and begin growing and walking in the wholeness Jesus has provided.

Sarah’s fear was brought about by her mistrust and disbelief in the Word of God.  What is causing your fear?  Examine it in the light of God’s Word.  Do you believe His Word concerning you?  Or do you need to pray the prayer of the father who brought his demonized son to Jesus, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24).”  Then FEAR NOT!  God’s only desire is to fulfill His promises for you and in you.


5. Your Reward Will Be Grand

cf4sviyueaahsycGenesis 15:1 NKJV After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

 Genesis 15:1 MSG After all these things, this word of GOD came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I’m your shield. Your reward will be grand!”

FEAR NOT!  Your reward will be grand!

In Genesis 14:21 after Abram gave a tenth of all the spoil he obtained from pursuing and overtaking the captors of his nephew Lot, and after soundly defeating the King of Sodom and four other ally kingdoms, the King of Sodom approached Abram.  He asked for all the people who had been taken prisoner by the four conquering kings.

Genesis 14:21 NKJV  Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”

Instead, Abram gives the King of Sodom and the other defeated kings all of their possessions, except for the tenth he gave to God, food his servants ate, and a small portion of the spoil that he gave to Mamre, Eshcol, and Aner.  They were neighboring allies who joined with Abram to rescue Lot.  Abram did not want people to think his wealth came from plunder or any other natural means.  He wanted the world to know that God was His provider and God was the reason for his blessing and prosperity.

I love that God showed up and told Abram, “FEAR NOT, I am your reward”.  Better than any gold or silver, God is our reward.  We never have to fear lack, for God is our provider.  If God asks us to give something away, even great riches, DO NOT FEAR, He is your exceedingly abundant reward and will take care of you.  So, FEAR NOT!

Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV  “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 Psalm 23:1 BBE  The Lord takes care of me as his sheep; I will not be without any good thing.

4. Have NO Fear a Tither is Here

FrontCoverOnlyGenesis 15:1 YLT After these things hath the word of Jehovah been unto Abram in a vision, saying, `Fear not, Abram, I am a shield to thee, thy reward is exceeding great.’

 Genesis 15:1 BBE After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Have no fear, Abram: I will keep you safe, and great will be your reward.

I love what God tells Abram here.  He tells Abram, FEAR NOT! I am your shield.  I will keep you safe.  After Abram pursued and overtook the four conquering kings, he met Melchizedek the priest of God Most High and gave him a tithe of all that he had gained.  It is interesting that the word from God pertaining to his protection, complete with the imagery of God being a shield, came after Abram tithed to God.

Malachi 3:10-11 says, Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts.

Note that God says He will “rebuke the devourer for your sakes.”  He will keep us safe.  There is a special protection that comes from tithing.  A divine safety.

God doesn’t want you to ever fear.  But if you are a tither, then FEAR NOT for the Lord is a shield to you and has given you the authority to rebuke the devourer (Luke 10:19).

3. The Victory Fear

spring sunsetGenesis 15:1 NKJV  After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

Genesis 15:1 MSG  After all these things, this word of GOD came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I’m your shield. Your reward will be grand!”

After these things….  You may recall that in Chapter 14 there was a great tumult in the land as nine Kings chose sides and waged war against one another.  In the aftermath of the battle, the conquering kings took much spoil from the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot (Abram’s nephew who was also taken captive) lived.  Abram gathered his servants and a few neighboring allies and set out to rescue Lot.  Abram and his small army overtook the conquering king’s forces, rescued Lot, and obtained all the massive spoil of wealth, food, and prisoners back from the conquering kings, sending their forces running.  Then word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision commanding him to FEAR NOT!

Abram undoubtedly upset a few people that day: the four Kings he defeated and even the five kings they initially plundered.  Although Abram gave them most of their possessions back, the thought of having someone so mighty living near them might have caused them to plot against Abram.  But God stepped in immediately to let him know NOT TO FEAR.

Often after a great victory in life, there comes an opportunity to fear.  What will the enemy do now?  What if they come after me?  What might be the next challenge around the corner?  God doesn’t want us to dwell on that for even a moment.  Instead, we are to remember His words.  FEAR NOT!

Romans 8:30 NKJV  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

2. You Have Dominion Over Creeps

biblical-authorityGenesis 9:2 NKJV  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.

When God created man, He gave man authority in the earth.  Man’s job was to tend (maintain, keep subdued, and work) the garden and to keep it (protect the garden from outside assault—there was an enemy).  Genesis 2:15 NKJV  Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.  That means man had the authority and gifting necessary within himself to maintain and protect the Garden.  In Genesis 9:2, God is commissioning Noah and his family to replenish and fill the earth and tells him that all the rest of creation would have a fear of him.  God was simply reminding man that he was preeminent of His creation and to walk in the authority given him fearlessly.

God created man to have dominion and rule over creation and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.  Genesis 1:26 NKJV  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  When the deceiving serpent, Satan, infiltrated the garden neither Eve nor Adam had any fear of him, because God created us to live fearless of all the rest of His creations including the devil, a created angelic being whose nature changed after being lifted up in pride and attempting to overthrow God (Isa 14:12-15).  God gave man authority and never took it back.  Adam may have unwittingly submitted himself to the devil, but God still indicated that man had authority when he spoke to Noah in Genesis 9.  Then Jesus came and destroyed any grip Satan had over man (Col 2:12-15).

The point is you can FEAR NOT!  You were not created to fear.  Creation was created to fear you.  As my pastor says, “You’ve been given dominion over creeps (Gen 1:26).”  That includes the devil and his cohorts.  Don’t fear the devil.  Don’t fear circumstances.  Don’t fear creeps.  You are seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named with all things under your feet (Eph 1:20-2:6).  FEAR NOT!

1. Run to NOT From the Throne

shutterstock_coulds-resizedGenesis 3:10 NKJV  So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Genesis 3:10 BBE  And he said, Hearing your voice in the garden I was full of fear, because I was without clothing: and I kept myself from your eyes.

After Adam disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he experienced shame and fear for the first time.  The shame he felt for his rebelliousness against God’s command, and his fear of how God would react, drove Adam to attempt to avoid and hide from God.  That same sense of shame and fear as a result of sin is still driving people to attempt to run, hide, and avoid the presence of God.

Just as God enjoyed walking through His garden, spending time with His creation and talking with Adam, He enjoys walking the garden of our hearts, spending time and speaking with us.  That sense of guilt, of shame, of condemnation and fear of God keeps us from that close place of fellowship with Him.  But, FEAR NOT!  For Jesus bore the shame and the penalties of sin in His body (Heb 12:2; Isa 53:12; 1Pet 3:18).  Hebrews 1:3 says, “…He Himself purged our sins…” and we are now restored to a place of fellowship with God where we can “…come boldly to the throne of Grace…” (Heb 4:16) and obtain mercy and help when we need it.

Don’t let sin and shame keep you from walking with God today.  1 John 1:9 tells us, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  God is not mad at you; you have been justified by the blood of Christ (Rom 5:9); there is nothing to fear.  So, FEAR NOT!  But boldly enter the throne of Grace and go for a stroll with the Lord your God today.

391. Jesus IS Coming Again, Fear Not!

god_is_nearRevelation 22:20-21 NKJV  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  (21)  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Here at the end of John’s Revelation and at the end of the final book in the Bible we find one more reason not to fear.  John recorded a powerful quote from the Lord Jesus, “Surely I am coming quickly.”  Jesus is coming again.

Such a simple statement, yet so full and profound.  Its meaning though abundantly clear, carries ramifications that we can’t possibly understand or fathom until that day.  Yet completely understood or not this simple reality will free you from fear.

Jesus is coming again.  There will be no more sorrow and no more tears.  And pain and death will also be a thing of the past (Revelation 21:4) as we forever live in the light of His glory (Revelation 21:23).  Jesus’ promise is more than just words though, it is a reason to live fearless.

For almost 7 ½ years we’ve walked through the Bible and looked at hundreds of Scriptures about fear…  Let me leave you with this… Jesus is coming again.  Fear Not!