“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV).”
For those Christ followers who confess with their lips that they walk with God yet walk in perpetual fear, it is time to ask yourself, “What do I REALLY think of God?” Have you ever had a situation with a loved one who suddenly thought the worst of you and, despite your long history of good character, had to pose the question to them, “Is that what you really think of me? After all these years, now you think terrible things of me because of something that made you uncomfortable?”
Often, this is how it is in our relationship with God. No matter all He’s done for us through the years, in a crisis, we’re questioning His timing, His love, His faithfulness, whether He remembers us, if He cares, if He’ll come through on time, and so on. So, for those who walk in fear of Satan, man, and/or difficult circumstances, we need to ask ourselves what we believe about God; about the King we profess to love and adore, yet constantly think the worst is going to happen; as though His promise of “for those who love Me, I will turn for good that which Satan means against you for evil” is a lie.
When fear begins to descend upon us, oh heir to the throne of the Most High God, we should ask, “Do I really trust Him, His timing, His ways, His Word, His Promise, His love? Do I really believe that He is who He claims; that His timing is perfect; that He loves me unconditionally? Am I giving more attention to Satan, his demons, the opinion of man, etc?” Are we constantly questioning, “Is this my punishment?” We reap what we have sown both in the earth and the spirit-realm. If we are sowing good seed, a good harvest will come in due season. Do you believe that? When we are walking in His perfect love, fear will flee. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love (I John 4:18, NAS).”
“For this reason I say to you, DO NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR LIFE, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO YOU. So DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 (NAS)
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“You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound” (Psalm 4:7, NAS).
“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart” (Psalm 32:11, NAS).
“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy above your fellows” (Psalm 45:7, NAS).
Strength and power in Christ come from your confidence being completely placed in Christ. With this, you can then walk in absolute power, authority, joy, peace, patience, boldness, courage, humility, love, contentment and so much more in every circumstance.
The world pushes confidence, but it is always in the flesh and the things of this world. God pushes confidence, but in Him and in your identity that comes only from being hidden in Christ. The world’s confidence comes from stature, money, looks, education, etc.—anything other than God and the blood of Christ. It is false and leads to a life of sure destruction. In fact, it is not confidence at all, but rather insecurity at the root because a secure person needs no prove anything to anyone – they just are, with or without worldly possessions. Furthermore, the world’s confidence incites greed, hatred, every evil lust of the flesh, and provokes one to fight and kill for what they want or want to keep. They must always be more powerful, richer, more beautiful, more successful, more, more, more—never content with anything. They are eating, yet never satisfied (Micah 6:14). They are always fearful that, no matter how much they attain, they will lose it; and if they lose it, they will be worthless.
Paul is one of the greatest examples of an imitator of Christ that I can see. Although the Word states that he was a “defender of the gospel” (Philippians 1:16-17), this does not mean he went around arguing with others about his religious beliefs. He was humble at all times and was genuinely concerned for the well-being of God’s people. He walked in love, compassion, and patience. This could only be as he was keenly aware of his identity in Christ—his confidence in the faithfulness of God’s promises. Real identity in Christ is knowing, not just that you are blood-bought, but that in being blood-bought, all promises are real, true, and trustworthy until death and they belong to YOU. Paul defended the Word by allowing the character of God to be displayed through him.
For I am confident of this very thing…I want you to know…to be sure…for I know…according to my earnest expectation and hope…convinced of this…I hope in the Lord Jesus…trust in the Lord…be anxious for nothing.
Philippians 1:6, 12, 15, 19, 20, 25; 2:19, 23, 24; 4:6 (NAS)
Though many quote Philippians 1:11 where Paul learned to be content in all circumstances, most miss the fact that he could only be this way in confidently knowing that God is faithful to His own. He knew that he would never be without God. It says he learned to be content. He could not learn if there were no trials and tests to stretch him in this area. Also, the first part of that verse says, “Not that I speak from want.” Not only did he need nothing, he wanted for nothing! When all you want is Jesus, the things of this world become to you as nothing – worthless.
In becoming confident in the King’s faithfulness in all situations, all needs were dissolved. This happened through believing, trusting, and placing his full faith in that, if in the natural there were a real need, he knew he need only await the arrival of provision in God’s perfect timing. Faith destroys lack. Faith through confidence in him allows you to call forth the things that are not as though they were until they are!
Love, peace, and blessings!