In 1995, God put it in my heart to step out in a new direction, even though I did not fully know what it was. All I knew was it had something to do with starting a new business. So I walked away from the field I had been trained to work and had worked for thirteen years to pursue an unknown destination, simply because it was in my heart to do it.
In the natural, it made no sense, but in my heart, I knew God was telling me it was time. With childlike faith and not much else, I stepped out. I had a small amount of money accumulated, just $16,000, but I felt led to sow it into various ministries, which left me sitting on E.
Would God really ask someone to do that? He asked Abraham, telling him, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)
God asked Abraham to leave everything he had ever known to go to a place he did not know. By faith, Abraham departed with only a promise that God would show him the way and make of him a great nation. So, it must have come as a great surprise when he arrived to find a severe famine in the land, so severe he had to flee for his life to Egypt. If that wasn’t enough, Pharaoh tried to take his wife, Sarai, but the Lord delivered her. (Genesis 12:10-17)
At that point, we might wonder if we missed God. Surely, God would not lead us into such a severe trial. Yet, through this process we learn to not be moved by what we see on the outside, but to follow what we know on the inside, the inner witness of the Spirit of God living on the inside of us.
My experience was similar. After stepping into this new direction, I encountered a severe famine, which by all appearances looked like certain death with no way out. Yet, God delivered me again and again just like He did for Abraham.
Following this path put me on a collision course with the same enemy who comes against everyone who follows God, the spirit of fear. I had no other choice but to seek refuge daily in the secret place where God sealed me with protection, filling me with peace that defied my circumstances.
Along the way, I discovered a great secret; I could give my fears to God in exchange for His amazing peace. It is an unbeatable deal, “Here God, you take all my junk and I’ll take all your best stuff.”
Amazingly, God is more than happy to make the trade any time, any place. He even invites us to cast all our fears and anxieties on Him because He cares so much for us. (1 Peter 5:7)
This has been the key to my survival. After twenty-two years, I am still doing the same thing every day, still facing the same giant, still casting my fears on God, still making the same exchange, still seeing calamity all around me, yet still filled with peace on the inside and still knowing all is well.
At times it seemed like I was all alone, but I have discovered there are thousands more all over the world enrolled in this same training course. The same God who delivered Abraham is doing the same today for all these future champions of faith, as we are all learning to overcome our common enemy, the spirit of fear.
God has a plan and purpose in leading us into this battle, as Paul Keith Davis shares in the following excerpt from his article in Neville Johnson’s March 2017 newsletter, Our Finest Hour. Paul Keith Davis is founder of White Dove Ministries.
“Several years ago, I wrote an article with Bob Jones derived from an experience he had with the Lord showing our anointing to deal with the “spirit of fear.” The revelation portrayed and typified our spiritual adversaries by “Goliath” and like David, the young champion of Israel, God’s people were being anointed to deal with the relevant issues of our generation with hearts of valor.
Clearly, spiritual giants are once again raising their ugly heads in a desperate attempt to keep God’s people from our promises. Even so, impartation of grace and favor will see us through with the emergence of some of the greatest champions the Church has ever seen.
In this experience Bob was shown that one of the “Goliaths” of the last day generation is the spirit of fear.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Fear is defined as, an emotion characterized by alarm, anxiety, and tension, often caused by an expectation of danger or pain; it is a dread birthed through anxiety and tension, whether real or imagined, producing timidity and fearfulness.
The “spirit of fear” is a form of bondage and spiritual slavery. It is a ruthless taskmaster attempting to steal the seeds of destiny and purposes being awakened within the hearts of God’s people. The Lord knew us before the foundation of the world. Those who belong to Him were in Him before creation was fashioned. He foreknew all who would desperately search for Him and to those He deposited divine seeds of Kingdom design and destiny. Those seeds are now being awakened and activated within many and it is our adversaries determined desire to prohibit that from coming into full fruition. We are on the threshold of another “Great Awakening.”
Three Debilitating Fruits of Fear
In these revelations, we were shown that there are many debilitating spirits that feed off of fear that will circumvent our calling and destiny. Awareness of this plot is mandatory so that we can embrace God’s provision to overcome.
Fear of Insanity and Mental Instability
The first revealed fruit of fear is “insanity and mental instability.” The desire of the adversary is to create such fear in the hearts of people that he would actually cause impairment in our thinking that opens the door to various forms of delusion, depression and anxiety. Insanity is birthed from a root of fear. A lack of sound judgment provides options that we would ordinarily shun or not even consider, such as drugs and alcohol. This is just one expression of “spiritual insanity.” There can be many including unhealthy relationships, financial irresponsibility or the excessive pursuit of entertainment or the squandering of precious time that we need to redeem for His Kingdom.
Fear of Sickness and Infirmity
The second spirit accompanying the “spirit of fear” was “fear of sickness and infirmity.” It is the plan of our adversary to create such insecurity and anxiety involving reports of sickness and disease that we would not pursue our divine destiny and Heavenly purpose with determination and faith. This could certainly be the case with the numerous outbreaks of the bird flu, swine flu and other epidemics. The Church will come to know more ardently that by His strips we are healed and greater is He within us than he that is in the world.
Fear of Financial Failure
The final adversary revealed in the experience birthed out of the “spirit of fear” was “fear of financial failure.” Clearly, our nation is experiencing notable financial difficulties. Economic analyst and experts have openly acknowledged that this downfall is further fueled by public fear and misconceptions. That instability has also been facilitated by reports of corporate abuse and unscrupulous business leaders and poor political decisions. We believe it is still the Lord’s intent to use our nation to help facilitate the birthing of divine purposes and stand in strong support of Israel. Clearly, there are issues of repentance and a return to righteousness that must be realized within the Church, which will release times of refreshing from His Presence. (Acts 3.19)
Unresolved fear will give place to one or all three companions that travel with it. These spirits attempt to defile the righteous and hinder the Church from entering her place of anointing and fruitfulness. The first step in overcoming the designs of the enemy is to bring them out darkness and obscurity into light. The enemy hates for his plans to be exposed. This was explicitly demonstrated in 2 Kings 6:11-12. By obtaining a clear comprehension of his schemes we are more amply able to fortify ourselves through the Word of Truth and appropriate it through prayer and proclamation.
Presently, we are being given a choice — Faith or Fear. Faith works through love but anger and disillusionment is the offspring of fear.”
So the next time Goliath rears his ugly head with fear pressing in on you, cast it on God and receive His amazing peace in exchange. Command faith to come and it will come. Ask God for the gift of faith to arise in your heart and He will give it to you. Then the impossible will become possible as the battle will no longer be yours. God will fight in your behalf and your enemies will be scattered!
30 The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,
31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’ (Deuteronomy 1:30-31)
3 ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them,
4 for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’ (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)
Our God will fight for us. (Nehemiah 4:20)
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.
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