I was recently reminded by a dear friend of the Apostle Paul’s words to pastor Timothy:
“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord.”
Fear is the ONLY weapon the devil has. Without fear —his own, and the fear he can strike in the hearts of others— he is powerless.
The devil doesn’t have the Word of God. So he is afraid. Therefore, he must make others afraid. He whispers in the believer’s ear, “The Church must change or die.” “God’s Word is weak and ineffective.” “The Gospel isn’t enough.” “The Cross isn’t enough.”
What the devil will never understand is what the Christian alone realizes: There is nothing to fear –NOTHING.
The devil is baffled by the Christian’s lack of fear. He is frustrated by the Christian’s confidence in the Word of God and its promises. He is angered that the Christian trusts the Word of God alone to do everything –-EVERYTHING.
The opposite of fear is not courage; the opposite of fear is Faith. The devil has Fear Alone; we have Faith Alone –Christ Alone.
Fear looks inward, and finds nothing. Faith looks outside itself to Jesus the Crucified, and finds everything.
The Christian does not need to scare people. He has Jesus and His Word. He has the Spirit of power, love and self-control. He is not ashamed of the testimony about our Lord. The Christian is not brave; he is a believer.
How often does Jesus tell His disciples, “Fear not”? He is calling them to Faith in Himself. He is calling US to Faith in Him.
Listen to Jesus: “Fear not, I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and Hades.”
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