Freedom from Fear, Panic, and Confusion
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Gen. 15:1 AFTER THESE things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great. (amplified)
Even way back in Genesis, God was telling people to Fear not. He told Abraham to fear not. He didn't need to fear, or be afraid, or worry about anything, because God said, "I am your Shield." I will take care of you. I will be with you. I will never leave, or forsake you. You can depend on me. You can trust me.
Mark 4:35 On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].
Mark 4:36 And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him.
Mark 4:37 And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.
Mark 4:38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?
Mark 4:39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).
Mark 4:40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?
Mark 4:41 And they were filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?
Jesus said to His disciples, "We're going to the other side of the lake." After saying that, he went below and taking his leather pillow, laid down and fell fast asleep. Later a huge storm picked up, and tossed the boat around with the high waves, and wind. Fear gripped the disciples heart, and they panicked, saying, "We're all gonna diiiiieeee! Doesn't Jesus even care we're in trouble and we're gonna die?? Someone go wake him up! Tell him to come rescue us! We're in trouble here! Doesn't He know? Doesn't He care? How can He sleep through this??"
If they had been full of the Word, and been thinking with a sound mind, maybe it would have happened like this: The storm presses down upon the boat. The disciples remember what Jesus said. "We're going to the other side." They would have been saying, "It will be okay; Jesus is with us, and if He said we're going to the other side, then that's exactly where we are going. Nothing can stop what Jesus said is going to happen. So storm, be still in Jesus name! Jesus said, we're going to the other side of the lake, and there is nothing you can do to stop that from happening." I believe the wind and waves would have calmed down for the disciples just like they did for Jesus.
Jesus was disappointed in them, when they ran in to Him, and demanded he didnít care about them, and didn't agree with Him, and didn't enforce what He had already declared, about going to the other side. Looking at them, in disappointment, Jesus said, "Why are you so fearful?? Didn't you trust me, and what I had said would happen? Don't be afraid. Calm down, you guys. Nothing can happen when I have my Father protecting me." Going up on deck, Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves, saying, "Be still. (Be calm. Be peaceful)" And just that fast, the sea calmed down, and the wind died down, and quit beating against the boat and tossing it around, and suddenly they were at the other side of the lake, without any trouble.
Luke 8:22 One of those days He and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, Let us go across to the other side of the lake. So they put out to sea.
Luke 8:23 But as they were sailing, He fell off to sleep. And a whirlwind revolving from below upwards swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in great danger.
Luke 8:24 And the disciples came and woke Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing! And He, being thoroughly awakened, censured and blamed and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; and they ceased, and there came a calm.
Luke 8:25 And He said to them, [Why are you so fearful?] Where is your faith (your trust, your confidence in Me--in My veracity and My integrity)? And they were seized with alarm and profound and reverent dread, and they marveled, saying to one another, Who then is this, that He commands even wind and sea, and they obey Him?
Fear makes us forget what Jesus said would happen. Fear washes the Word that we heard on the subject, right out of our hearts. The devil comes to steal the word that's in our heart. His main weapon he uses to steal that word, is fear. If he can't talk you into fearing, he can't touch the word you have sown in your heart.
When you feel fear come in, crouching at the door ready to pounce on you; as soon as you feel even a whisper of fear; as soon as you feel even a prickle of the darkness called fear, squash it immediately. Say out loud if possible, "No, fear, you can't touch me. No, panic, you can't torment my mind. My mind belongs to Jesus! My mind doesnít belong to you, fear. Now get! fear and panic, in Jesus name! I believe the word of God that says that perfect love casts out all fear. I have the perfect love of God in me. I have Love in me. Fear and panic no longer has any rights in my mind, no rights in my life, ever again, in Jesus name! I am free from fear and panic in Jesus name!" Say this with determination, faith and trust, that God will hear your words, and come and agree with your words, and will enforce what you say on fear and panic. They have to obey the Word of God. They have no choice. The name of Jesus is above the names of fear and panic.
The same thing works on confusion. When you feel confusion whispering in your mind. When you sense confusion coming in, as soon as just a whisper of confusion touches your thoughts, say those words, but instead of saying fear and panic, change it to fear and confusion. Confusion, and panic both come from the root called fear. Fear has no place in a believer's life. Ever. Satan does not have the right to torment us. We belong to Jesus, and sometimes we have to remind the forces of darkness, just who they are dealing with. They have no right to attack us. None. Absolutely no rights in our minds. Get mean when you deal with the devil. Let him have it right where it hurts. He has no right to attack your mind. Attack him back. Make him wish he had never attacked a child of God. Grrr. Who do you think you are attacking someone who belongs to Jesus??
It makes me mad when I see Satan attack those who belong to Jesus. We're going to wipe fear and depression out of the body of Christ! And all their buddies can leave too. We're not putting up with fear, depression, confusion, panic attacks, fear of heights, fear of loud noises, fear of elevators or escalators, or any other fear, in Jesus name. They have to go. I cast all fear out of all of us in the name of Jesus. Our minds and emotions are no longer yours. Our minds and our emotions belong to Jesus. Jesus paid for our minds and emotions with His precious blood. I plead the blood of Jesus over every believer on this list. You have no place in any of us. We are owned by God. Get off God's property. You are trespassing, fear. NOW GIT!! And we put up a "fear is not welcome in our homes in Jesus name!" sign. Heh.
We win the victory! Keith Moore sings this song on his radio program: Thanks be to God who gives me the victory, gives me the Victory, gives me the victory, Thanks be to God Who gives me the victory, through my Lord Jesus Christ.
I still like that run at the enemy with the Word, like David did with those pebbles. I had that image as I was praying this for the list. That I was running at the devil with those words. Throwing the Word at him like grenades. KABOOM! KABOOM! KABOOM!
1/03/05 2005 © Caroline Alderson
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Fear is the enemy of faith. Great faith-filled lesson.