“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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I have you in my heart…how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus…I pray that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment…who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare…longing for you all…TO WRITE THE SAME THINGS AGAIN IS NO TROUBLE TO ME…my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown…not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. (Philippians 1:7, 8, 9; 2:20, 26; 3:1; 4:1, 17, NAS)
Paul’s objective was always that God be glorified, and that the people were able to grow in Christ. When the people sent him a gift, he was glad simply because it would go to their spiritual account, not for his own selfish gain. He patiently delivered the Word of God repeating himself as necessary. Because Paul’s focus was that of the Kingdom of God, he was supernaturally equipped to be selflessness, hence maintaining joy as well as persuading others to rejoice in all things. It was this very joy that strengthened him in his endeavors. The whole book of Philippians reveals Paul’s continuous joy.
Paul did not allow adversity of life and ministry or the shortcomings of others to rob him of his joy. He understood the very nature and heart of God. As he was forgiven much, he was able to see through the eye of forgiveness and extend it perpetually toward others. God not only spared Paul’s life after he had tormented and killed God’s people, but God went further and anointed Paul to speak for Him! This confounded both the godly and the ungodly revealing that God not only forgives all, but that anyone can receive such forgiveness as well as become anything God desires of them without limitation! Simply astounding is the heart of God –how could any of us not rejoice always? Likewise, how could anyone forgiven so much ever turn and complain against someone else in their frailties and failures?
“Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor” (James 2:11-12, NAS).
May I plainly state that this is difficult – the whole “do not speak against one another”? I know for me that I can do really well with that until a person or group of people seriously push me repeatedly. However, when I remind myself of how God operates in love at all times, I am better equipped spiritually to administer the Word of God without a judgmental, critical, irritated or impatient spirit. We must all begin seeing ourselves for just how lowly and forgiven we are personally. It is when we have an opinion of ourselves that is higher than it ought to be that we begin to judge others and grow weary and impatient.
“Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins” (Lamentations 3:39, NAS).
“Do all things without grumbling and complaining” (Philippians 2:14, NAS).
Hope you’ll stay tuned for the continuation of this topic of joy and gladness!
Love, peace, and blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf