Exodus 19:5, Psalms 34:3; 135:4, John 14:27; 16:33, Romans 8:6, 1 Corinthians 1:20, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Ephesians 2:14, Colossians 3:15, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:6, 1Peter 2:9, 1John 4:4,17
Do you remember the last time you were afraid?
Our cultures, educational systems, governments, medical institutions, families, and media outlets portray fear to be okay some of the time and as “normal”.
The truth is that you are not normal. You are peculiar. You are not of this world. Your inner man has been recreated to operate outside the confines of this earthly realm.
You have not been given a spirit of fear. The moment you said “yes” to Jesus He gave you His peace. Your inner man has been made perfect through His very own perfection. Fear does not exist in Him and it cannot be tolerated in you!
This doesn’t mean you won’t be tempted to be afraid, it means you will not allow it into you. It will come! But you are commanded to resist it, not just try. It will flee!
What do you say when you do not get the promotion you asked for? What do you do when the life of your loved one has heard a terminal report? How does your mind respond when your child makes choices with consequences you do not want to see or if the love of your life walks away from the relationship you have poured your heart into?
These are the types of moments that cause people to look through their situation for coping mechanisms. If you try to apply the thinking of the world’s ruling systems you will find that your intellect and emotions begin to malfunction.
You have options: hysteria, depression, anger, bitterness, guilt, loneliness, and confusion- which lead to addictions, dependency, mental illness, anxiety, or control issues- all of which are anchored in fear.
You have been given the ability, from the Prince of Peace Himself, to first look at every situation from heaven to earth, instead of from earth to heaven. The difference is critical.
The moment your emotions begin to scream you will need to respond with whose peace you possess. Is it the worlds? Or is it His?
When you respond to every traffic jam, sickness, boss, unruly child, and spouse with His peace you breakthrough into the access of the heavenly realm. It will require persistent peace.
You have an enemy that must have “legal” entry into your life. He knows all the rules to reigning on earth, do you? He will steal and destroy physical and spiritual real estate in your life whether or not you know you have given it to him. Your fears allow Him the right to bring them upon you.
You are in control. No person or thing can pressure you out of your peace without your permission. You have to yield to it.
There is no situation, NO SITUATION, that warrants a pass to yield to fear. Fear causes people to yield to a lie, to rebel, and to become full of pride or greed. Prisons are full of people who simply yielded to the pressure of the circumstances that seemed to have no other options. They allowed fear in.
Even when your knees are knocking and your heart is trembling give no place to the devil. Open your Bible. You will not trust the Peace of God through Jesus until you know Him. Each time you trust that God is a good father desiring to bless you through the power of His Son Jesus you will see more of His heart. He is love. His perfect love brings perfect peace.
When we arrive in heaven none of us will be known by Him for college degrees, charity work, or for having memorized hundreds of scriptures, although they will be rewarded if done through His power. God will know us because of how much we know we are loved by Him.
The amount of fear you have will indicate how much you know the Fathers love for you.
Jesus was able to cast out demons, heal the sick, and preach the truth in spite of the criticism of men because there was no fear in Him. He knew the love of His Father. His perfect love casts out all fear. The enemy had no place to attach himself to.
This kind of peace is yours.
Every thought must be taken hold of and put under the lens of the Word of God. If it doesn’t match what God says it cannot be given access into your heart or mind. There is nothing in the universe more precious to guard, this is where God’s dreams grow!
You already have every spiritual blessing that is in Him but you need to know how to draw it out. The key is through your joy and peace! Your joy and peace are the evidence of your faith, your confidence in Him.
Ask God for the courage to ask for forgiveness or to confess to the truth in any area of your life. Trust that He will reveal His perfect plan for you. When you are confident that your way through every situation will be made manifest to you then you are able to truly rest. This is the moment you have access into the Kingdom.
Take time each day to separate yourself into His presence. Wake up and immediately insert His beautiful thoughts of you into your mind. Fall asleep to His promises resting in your heart. Your spirit has been wired to receive His love and soundness of mind.
You are in control. You are free to submit your will to whom you choose.