DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR
|Text: "For God hath not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2
|There are times that we
believers experience certain kinds of fears. There are good fears and
there are bad fears. The latter kind come from wrong believing and can
open the door to doubt. Doubt will hinder the flow of the gifts that God
has given to us.
The text states, "For God hath not given us a spirit of fear...." The Greek word for fear here is delia which means a timidity or a cowardly fear. The cowardly fear or timidity is not from God. This kind of fear will immobilize us and cause us to hide the God given gifts.
Quite often, we will experience this type of fear. We fear ridicule, criticism, opposition or embarrassment. This kind of fear does not come from God because the Scripture is plain; "God has not given us the spirit of fear..."
So how do we keep from being timid and cowardly when society ridicules our testimony? The above verse tells us how: we let God will equip us with power, love and a sound mind. When a believer puts into action their witness of Christ, the Holy Spirit will do the rest.
The Holy Spirit has promised to infuse a power into the believer's spirit. However, the infusion of the power does not come until action is taken to step out and use the gift that God has given. "For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). The word "worketh" (energon) means to energize. God arouses, stirs and energizes the heart of the believer to do God's will. These stirrings are of God. God is working in our spirit and energizing us. He is giving us both the will and the power to do what pleases Him. The infusion of power only comes as we take courage and put into action what the Holy Spirit is directing us to do. It is clear that God gives us the power, the love and a sound mind. Now it is up to us to act and use the energizing power that God is imparting to our spirit.
The believer's obligation is to not let the stirrings pass. but to be obedient to the quickening in our spirit. God uses these energies and stirrings to direct and guide us. Remember, He has not given us a spirit of fear. He has given us power, love and a sound mind.
The Greek word for power is dunamis which means inherent power; power to reproduce itself, which implies the need for constant activity and continuing reproduction. From the word dunamis we get the English word dynamo or dynamics which is the part of mechanics that deal with motion or active operation. Therefore, just as dynamo needs to be in motion to continue to produce power, so we as believers need to put into motion or action the gift that was given to us from God.
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Rom. 8:14).
"But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me......."(Acts 1:8).
The Holy Spirit will infuse power into the believer's spirit when the believer steps into action. As one steps into action, there will be the power to shoulder the task, to stand strong in the face of a shattering situation, the power to keep the faith in the face of disappointments.
The text also tells us that "God has not given us the spirit of fear... but of love." The Greek word for this love is agape or the God kind of love. Just as God infuses our spirit with the power as action is taken, so He energizes the believer with a Divine Love which includes:
Sometimes it is difficult to love the unlovely, the mocker or the ungodly. We must have the Holy Spirit's power fill our spirit with the God kind of love. He said that He has given to us this love. Notice that this kind of love is given to us. It is a gift from God .
He also imparts into our spirit a sound mind which denotes good judgment, self control and discipline. It is Christ alone who can give us the ability to control our emotions, feelings and thoughts in the midst of trials and cloudy circumstances. When we witness for Christ and stand for righteousness ,Christ will give an impartation of power to be stable in an unstable world.
How do we receive the deliverance from fear? When we step into action for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom.