Saturday, May 25, 2013

      FEAR NOT (Part 2)
God who cannot lie says he has not given you the spirit of fear. My friend, why then are you afraid? Who will not be afraid? It is only the person that knows the Lord… and this goes beyond being born-again or speaking in tongues! God wants you to know him!! If you read Jeremiah chapter 9 verses 23 and 24, in the amplified version of the Bible, you will discover that God is delighted when you know him as the Lord. When he is around you, you feel absolutely secure. He that keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing (Eccl. 8:5). Why? Because the Lord will be there with him always… and God’s presence among all other benefits means security.

The Lord says in Isaiah 33:13 “Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might”. What is might? It is force, potency, vigor, great and impressive power or strength. When trouble comes your way to make you afraid, you will burst into laughter if you remember how mighty the Lord is. Prophet Elijah demonstrated this knowledge when he was faced with a situation that could make him afraid. According to 2 kings 11:2-13, the Lord sent Elijah to tell king Ahaziah that he would die in his sickness. The king thought that the best way to deal with the situation was to send soldiers to bring Prophet Elijah. What do you think Ahaziah will do with Elijah when the soldiers bring him? Have a tea party with him before he dies? Elijah commanded fire to fall and it destroyed 102 army personnel that were sent to apprehend him… until the captain of the last batch of 50 approached Elijah with caution, and begged him to spare his life and that of the fifties. He begged despite the fact that they were armed! Bro Yinka, how do you know that they were armed? My bible tells me that soldiers were sent to Elijah on three occasions, and if we assume that they did not go armed the first time, common sense dictates that the second set of soldiers will go armed. So, despite their dexterity, numbers, and display of ammunitions… Elijah knew the Lord and demonstrated that he was not afraid! You don’t have to call fire down to destroy your enemy… but you can command whatever is making you afraid to be still… and you can only do this when you know the Lord as the ALMIGHTY!

Oh yes, when you know him as the everlasting burning, who commands the sun, and it rises not; and seals up the stars, who alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the waves of the sea; who makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south, who does great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number (Job 9:7-10). In 2 kings 6:14- 20, we read that the Aramean king sent horses and chariots and a strong force to capture Elisah by night, and this made Elisha’s servant to be afraid. In verse 17, Elisha prayed that the Lord will open the eyes of his servant to see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. God may not open your eyes to see the angel assigned to you so that you won’t be afraid as Manoah was when he saw the angel sent to his wife (Judges 13:2-22). How I wish you will recognize that angels are around you where you are right now. How I wish God can open your eyes when he is on duty for you. Come on; acknowledge God’s might and the rest of your fears will be history!!!

According to Mathew 19 : 16-22, a man walked up to Jesus ‘’and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?’’ to which Jesus replied…’’ if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.’’ The guy confidently retorted that he has been keeping the law since he was a child. Thank God he was sensible enough to ask Jesus the question in verse20 saying ‘’ what lack I yet?’’. In verse 22, When Jesus told him what to do to be perfect, the guy went away sorrowful. Tell me, do you really want to be free from fear, oh married one? Can I tell you the hard truth?

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. Tell your husband that two out of the children you claim he fathered actually belonged to the man you slept with outside of your marriage. Oh yes, my brother, tell your wife about those extra-marital affairs you have had, and declare how many children you have outside of your marriage. Stop wishing that your spouse won’t find out about your unfaithfulness! You have licensed the devil to torment you as long as your evil deeds remain hidden, and you know what? …’’Fear hath torment (1 John 4:18)’’ I know the Lord has forgiven your grave sins. I know you are determined never to be unfaithful again, but, if you will be perfect, if you will ever be absolutely free from your tormentors… expose the devil….confess your fault to your partner.

I can hear you saying ‘my husband will divorce me if I do’; that is possible, but that is not the total truth. The moment you determine in your heart and prayerfully tell the Lord that you want to make amends… God himself will go ahead and prepare the heart of your spouse before you confess to your spouse, and the end for you will be sure peace of mind. I see you free from every hand of your tormentors as from today in Jesus Name.