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Where does fear come from? What Scriptural secret can we find that sends the spirit of fear running? Today we launch a new series for our Friday audio devos to explore this matter. Get comfy, snuggle into the Lord’s presence, and get ready to be blessed as you listen here:
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“Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear” (Isa. 8:12-13, NLT).
During one of the most difficult seasons of my life, Holy Spirit made this Scripture His rhema to me. He spoke it to me personally. It became like a lifesaver ring to cling to in the ocean. It kept me from drowning.
There was a problem, though. Through it, He was instructing me not to fear and not to dread. And there was so much that was scary during that time. There was so much in my natural circumstances to be afraid of. There was so much about the uncertainty of the future that lent itself to a sense of dread, dread that wanted to sit over me heavily and tie my stomach in knots.
So how to follow His instructions? This conundrum presented the perfect opportunity for the Lord to teach me something new. Holy Spirit pointed out that this Scripture itself gives the answer: “He is the one you should fear.” From that moment on, He began to train me in understanding the fear of the Lord. I want to share with you what He has taught me. I know it will make all the difference for you, as it has for me.
I wonder, though… are you like me, and never felt a strong personal connection with this concept? Of course, having grown up in church, I was quite familiar with the phrase, “the fear of the Lord.” I had heard pulpit explanations that it meant having a profound reverence for the Lord. Mentally, I would acknowledge that I do indeed revere Him with my whole heart. But that’s about as far as I got with it. Can you relate?
How, then, does this concept help you and me stand against terrible onslaughts of fear and dread? How does fearing the Lord make us strong in the face of intense adversity? Well, my friend, that is exactly what we are going to dive into in this new podcast series. Holy Spirit wants to unpack this for us in a brand new way.
Let’s start by taking a closer look at the concept of fear. Why would you fear something? What would cause you to be afraid of it? It basically boils down to two factors. One, whatever that something is, it seems to potentially be able to hurt you. And two, whatever it is, it seems to be more powerful than you. So you probably would not be able to prevent it from hurting you.
It’s bigger than you. You can’t control it. So you fear it.
What about this, though? What if Continue reading The Antidote to Fear