13. He’ll Do It Again

blessedGenesis 26:24 NKJV And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”

When God spoke to Isaac and told him, “… DO NOT FEAR, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants…” that had to have brought him incredible relief and peace. Isaac obeyed the Lord, stayed Gerar and sowed into the land even in the midst of a famine. Through his obedience to God, he was greatly blessed. So much so that the Philistines got jealous of his wealth.

Genesis 26:12-14 NKJV Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. (13) The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; (14) for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.

Because of their envy, the Philistines set out to ruin Isaac by filling in the well that his family, livestock, and crops depended on with dirt. Isaac traveled to the valley and dug another well that had previously been used by Abraham. Then the local herdsman argued the water belonged to them. So Isaac left and dug another well with the similar results. Finally, he moved again and dug yet another well, this time with no contention. “Praise God,” he must have thought. Then he moved to Beersheba. The night he arrived God showed up and spoke to him the promise in Genesis 26:24.

As Isaac moved his massive flocks of sheep and herds of livestock along with his family and servants to Beersheba, he was undoubtedly tired. Fearful thoughts of who might come and try to take the well they are about to dig flooded his mind until the Lord told him to FEAR NOT.

When we find ourselves tired from a long day or a difficult season in our lives, the enemy loves to come in and attempt to get us out of faith and into fear. But FEAR NOT, God is with you. He has not left you. He had blessed Isaac tremendously once and wanted him to know He would do it again.

Has God saved you? Has He ever blessed you? Has He ever provided for you? Has He ever healed you? Don’t get discouraged. Don’t let the enemy try to get you to quit. Get in the Word. Find a promise, then pick up your shovel and dig another well doing what you know you need to do. He is with you and He will bless you. If He’s done it once, He’ll do it again. So FEAR NOT.

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359. Faith #Filter

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

Faith comes through regular and consistent hearing of the Word of God.  Faith doesn’t come by just hearing the Word of God once on a subject, but often takes repeated and regular hearing of the same Scriptures, subjects, or messages.  Sometimes we hear a Scripture and simply don’t understand it.  However, through repeated reading, hearing, or saying to oneself, clarity comes.  Through that new understanding faith rises in our hearts.  This is why meditating on the Word of God is so powerful.

Sometimes we understand the meaning of the Scripture, but faith to believe that we are, can do, or possess what it actually says alludes us.  But through repeated hearing faith begins to stir and rise within us to receive that particular reality from the Word of God, so we can possess and walk in it.  You must feed on the Word of God to be strong in faith.  Smith Wigglesworth said, “Some people feed their bodies three hot meals a day, and their spirits one cold snack a week, and wonder why they’re weak in faith.”  So what does this have to do with FEAR?  Everything… you see like faith, fear comes from hearing too.  It just doesn’t come from hearing God’s Word.  While faith comes by hearing the Word of God; fear comes by hear the word of the world.

Too many times people not only feed their bodies 3 hot meals a day and their spirits one cold snack a week, but they also feed their soul by continual snack on anxiety, fear, and insecurity countless times a day.  We are so quick to bite and chew on negativity, lies, reports, and circumstances without first filtering them through the WORD of God.  When we do, we begin to feed on the word of the world instead of God’s Word.  God’s Word always produces faith, especially when we are in a habit of hearing it.  Likewise, the world’s words produce fear.  Unfortunately, we are much more prone to repeatedly hear words of fear, doubt, and negative reports totally unfiltered by the Word of God.  We must learn to filter every report and every fearful thought through the filter of God’s Word asking, “What does God say about that?”  Then instead of thinking about the circumstance or the report over and over again inviting FEAR to come, we can think, read, and say God’s Word concerning it.  Doing so will allow you to see through what the world sees and knows and into the realm of faith.  Instead of growing your fears, you’ll be growing your faith and not giving any opportunity to fear to get a foot hold.

 

Apply a #FaithFilter to every circumstance and fear not.

317. Whack-A-Fear

whack-a-moleMark 5:36 NKJV  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

(EMTV)  But Jesus immediately when He heard the word being spoken, said to the synagogue leader, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

(Darby)  But Jesus immediately , having heard the word spoken, says to the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not; only believe.

When fear or anxiety comes, don’t let it linger.  You must deal with it immediately.

Remember that game Whack-A-Mole.  After you put your token or quarter into the coin slot you’d grab a padded club and then little moles would begin to pop up out of the table in a random pattern and then you’d try to hit them as soon as they came up.  Well, that’s how you want to deal with fear.  As soon as it begins to pop its head up, you pop it on its head.

Jesus was teaching Jairus this principle here in Mark 5.  Jairus had just received a report that his daughter to whom Jesus was on His way to go heal had died.  Jesus, knowing that the terror this news brought was beginning to attack Jairus and destroy the faith he had in Jesus to heal her, immediately addresses the fear.  Instead of using a club like the Whack-A-Mole game Jesus played Whack-A-Fear when He spoke and commanded Jairus, “FEAR NOT; only believe.”  One commentator said the essence of this was Jesus quickly putting His hand over Jairus’ mouth immediately after the report came, before Jairus could even speak one word in the fear that now gripped him.

Don’t let fear linger.  Deal with fear immediately.  As soon as you recognize fear address it.  The moment it rears its ugly head.  Take the Word of God, whack that fear on the head and FEAR NOT; only believe.