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II Timothy 2:15
WORDS OF INSTRUCTION
FEAR will SICKLE your FAITH
To allow a malevolent spirit of 'fear' to operate in your
thinking sets limits on and hinders God's freedom to
govern in your life. There is "reverent Godly fear"(1), a
'fear and trembling' associated with working out one's
salvation(2) and fear and trembling conceived and foisted
on us by deceiving-seducing spirits.(3) Christian Faith
is coming under increasing attack in this day and will
continue to suffer such relentless assault until Christ
establishes the fullness of His Kingdom on earth. A per-
vasive fear is being trumpeted by the print and electron-
ic media, ultra left wing religious factions, and those who
portend to have an inside track on catastrophic end-time
'revelations'. Such fear tactics are fueled by recent real
life tragedies (Ft. Hood), financial infrastructure melt-
down, NYC Twin Towers on 9/11, increasing interna-
tional tensions e.g., nuclear parity, financial market jit-
ters (Dow) and various terrorism flashpoints (Jerusalem).
Such tactics are aimed at keeping mankind's attention
on the 'cares of the world'(4) and seldom ever do we hear,
outside of the church, about God's Plan set out in Eph.
"The absence of fear is not faith"(5). Faith is not a con-
sequence of something being removed, (e.g., a threat)
rather it is, in part, a result of belief in God being "Him
who is, who was and who is to come"(6), full confidence
that "... all the promises of God find their fulfillment in
Christ"(7), and those that "believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and you will be saved ..."(8). When God called to
Adam regarding his sin, Adam's first response was
not "I repent" ... "I'm ashamed", rather he said "I was
afraid ... and hid myself"(9). Unrepentant sin opens a
gateway which ushers in spirits of fear, trepidation,
intimidation that traffic as one spirit-force. The book
of Revelation tells us that fear will be a major 'tempter'
unrepentant man (and malevolent cultures) will have to
contend with in the last days. Don't let a sickle of fear
cut back your faith and force you to 'hide yourself'
from God's call and His gaze on your life, as the end
of this age rapidly approaches. JDH/AMA
(1) Heb. 12:28 (2) Phil. 2:12 (3) I Tim. 4:1 (4) Mk. 4:19 (5) Words of
Instruction (6) Rev. 1:4 (7) 2 Cor. 1:20 (8) Acts 16:31 (9) Gen. 3:10