About 2 years ago, I was invited to witness the 7th anniversary of a Pentecostal church situated in the city of Brussels, Belgium. One of the members of the church who was a dramatist had been given a slot to come and perform; obviously he did not tell anyone what he`s going to do. The guy just dressed awkwardly and ran into the midst of the church. People almost froze on their seats!
There was palpable fear, right in the midst of the church. I think the church should be a place of refuge; when some people in government commit atrocity, they run into another country’s embassy. Likewise, the church is supposed to be a place you run to when there is a problem and you have security, but that is not what is happening today. There is fear in the heart of men and women and God does not want you to be afraid. I don`t know what your fear is; there is a fear of death, there are so many fears. I am not here to define fear for you. But I am here to tell you that God does not want you to be afraid. I want to tell you some reasons, maybe two specifically, why you don`t have to be afraid.
One of the major reasons why Jesus came to the earth is to deliver men ‘’who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrew 2:15).’’ So, that`s one of the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ, He came to deliver those who have been subject to fear. So, you don`t have to be afraid.
Secondly, I don`t think any of us wants to go to hell fire. That place wasn`t created for you and I. The bible says in Matthew 25:41 that hell was created for the devil and his angels. Why would a handsome man like you desire to go to hell with the devil? That place was not prepared for you and I, but unfortunately some people will go there. One of the people that will go there is a fearful person. I don`t care whether you are a Christian or not, if you are fearful, you will go to hell.
Someone might say, bro Yinka you are preaching heresy. Turn with me to the book of Rev. 21:8, there you will find 8 categories of people that will rot in hell. Number one on the list are the fearful! I don`t care what makes you afraid. God is looking for the David of our today who will slay the Goliath disturbing the peace of the nations. There are many Goliaths today and unfortunately the Church is not ready to conquer Goliath. That`s why the Church is still in the state it is today; but God wants you and I to move forward. God wants you to challenge your Goliath with awesome boldness! Oh, so many in the church are already turned aside after Satan (1Tim 5:15), so they cannot be bold.
You don’t have to be afraid, no matter what happens; I don’t care what kind of fear it is. Fear not my friends! The bible says in Ps 23:5 that ‘thou prepareth a table before me in the presence of my enemies’. Where is the table? In the presence of your enemies, and it is a continual thing. So, if you are afraid you cannot eat out of it.
God will not because of you change His modus-operandi. That promotion, that next victory, that thing you have been asking God for, God has put it on the table for you, but your enemies are around the table. The next time God wants to bless you, he will make sure your enemies are there and they will be put to shame if you are bold enough to claim what belongs to you. But, if you are afraid you can`t even reach it, not to talk of possessing your possessions. I know some of us can pray that our enemies fall down and die, tell me how many of them have died since you started that prayer. Set your heart right today, no matter the circumstances, no matter what happens, I will not be afraid.
Causes of fear
Oh ‘The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites (Is. 33:14).’ The number one thing that causes fear is sin. I want to take you to the book of Genesis when Adam and Eve sinned against God. The Bible says in Gen. 3:8 that God was ‘walking in the garden in the cool of the day.’ He came one day and said, Adam, where are you? ‘’I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself’’ replied Adam. The same voice that Adam had been hearing and cherishing was making him afraid. “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood (Pro. 30:33)’’… and I say, surely sin bringeth forth fear.
If you want to eliminate fear in your life, don’t play with sin. That’s so simple and what is sin? Sin is anything you do that the Holy Spirit frowns at.
The righteous is as bold as a lion but the second part says, the wicked flee when no one pursueth. Please don’t stay in the category of the wicked ones. Don’t be afraid. Nothing ought to make a child of God afraid, if he knows what he is doing. If you know who you are, you will never, never in your life for one moment entertain fear. You say, you pray, oh yeah you pray, but why are you still afraid. What is making you afraid? Search deep into your heart. The Bible says in the book of proverbs that it’s only the wicked man that does not know what makes him to stumble (Pro. 4:19). If you have the Holy Spirit, you will know what the cause of your fear is.
Fear comes by what you hear/see
Romans 10: 17 say “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’’, and I put it to you strongly today, that “fear comes by hearing, and hearing by the words of the devil.” You say bro. Yinka, but this is not in the Bible. Do you remember the story of the Syrian army that the Lord made to hear a noise of chariots in 2King 7:6-7 that fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life?. They ran away when nobody was pursuing them. You have to re-orientate your hearing to hear the voice of the Lord. Stop listening to the devil. Let’s open to Lamentation 3:51 “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city”. So, what you see has a way of affecting your heart. The devil motivates a lot of ladies nowadays to walk half-naked on the streets, and prompts gullible men to lust after their open breasts as if they kept something there. The same devil that keeps loose ladies in bondage is responsible for the bondage of men lusting after them. “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings today. Jesus was walking on the sea, and Peter, one of the very forward disciples, saw the master, and said, ‘’Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water’’ to which Jesus replied ‘’come.’’ Oh what a fantastic experience, “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me (Mat. 14:30).” He saw the wind boisterous, and what he saw, affected his faith. You have to discipline your eyes, some people have itching ears, cho, cho, cho, cho, cho even things that do not concern them, the ‘’amebos (talebearers)’’ wants to hear.
Effect of fears
What are the effects of fear? Fear limits your progress. There are lots of people who have potentials in their lives but because they have lived in fear for so long, their potentials remain buried hitherto. God wants to awake that today. You are meant to be an achiever; oh yes, you can prosper in that business. You can achieve that very thought that God has put in your heart.
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap… therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. (Eccl. 11:4; Pro. 20:4). Go ahead and do what the Lord prompts you to do, and stop questioning how the thing will prosper. Whether the rain will fall or not or how the seeds will germinate should not be a farmers business… common go and plant your seeds and let God do his business of making your seeds grow out of the ground. Whatsoever the Almighty God puts in your heart to do, please do it quickly; and stop limiting yourself. Stop imagining the impossibility of that project. That’s not your business!
Your fears affect others. There was a great famine in Samaria as recorded in the book of Kings 6:25-30, to the extent that women were eating their children, but there were 4 lepers that distinguished themselves because they were not afraid. I believe you are familiar with the story. In that cultural setting, the lepers must not go into the city. But they did something fantastic, which the scripture recorded in 2 places. First, they decided to go to Syria, not minding if they will be killed there. They took that step of faith. I want to challenge you too, don’t look at the circumstances, don’t look at the impossibility that they have interwoven in the area of your next adventure, to make it a no go area for people like you. Champions are consequence darers who loved not their lives unto the death (Rev. 12:11). March on, my friend. So, they marched on, they went to that place and were amazed to discover that there was plenty of food there. As most men will do, they first relished in their discovery until they were satisfied… but, at the end of the day they went to announce to the king their discovery of abundance. What do you think will happen if the lepers entertained fear? The inhabitants of a whole city will die of famine. If the lepers didn’t take the good news to Samaria, it means the Samaritans will eat themselves until there was nobody left to eat. I prophesy deliverance to those that God has ordained to lift you out of your present situation, and I release them from every form of fear in Jesus Name. So, when you are afraid, your fear can cause delay to others, and you can endanger the life of others. The world wants to know this Jesus, they want to see his power, ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature, waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19)’. That is the reason why the Lord does not want the church to be afraid. Just imagine how many people would have been ruined if these guys did not forget their limitations. They damned the consequences of what may befall them seeing that lepers must not come into the city, boy, they went against all odds, and you know what? Their deformity was not recognized when they brought the good news. Don’t be afraid my friend. The world is waiting for you to show forth…common go and do your own exploit!
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Bro. 'Yinka Adeyemo