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2Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”
Fear is one of the greatest battles I face every day and I constantly fight it for I know it’s not of God. Fear can be scary, horrific, dreading, frightening, alarming and even worrying.
Are you battling some fear in your life? Fear of tomorrow, life, rejection, failing, nightmares and many more. Many fear to share what they have learnt, inspiration, encouragement for they feel that it will rob them of what they already have. Fear of thinking that someone will be better than you when you share with them what you have. There is a fear of going to greater levels for there is a feeling of incompetence, fear to marry and who to marry and not feel like a mistake is made, fear of flying for what has happened in the past, fear of getting into ministry for you do not feel qualified. We have all kinds of fears circulating in our lives. Let’s look at one man who had so many fears to deal with.
Judges 6:11, “…Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide from the midianites”. Gideon is hiding because he is afraid of the enemy, we have our own enemies who inflict fears in our lives but the bible says, Psalm 23:4, “Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me”. The enemy is always out to kill, steal and destroy but we have a covering and assurance that no matter what we deal with, we will not fear evil for God is with us.
Judges 6:23, “Then the Lord said to him, “peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die”, Here we see how Gideon has encountered with the Lord and he is afraid for we saw this many times when people encountered with God in the old testament, there would be such a fear of possibly losing a life because of God’s awesome presence. He is assured of life in the midst of his experience.
Judges 6:27, “…But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night”. As the Lord was directing Gideon and Gideon was beginning to know the Lord he had never knew, he offers a sacrifice to the Lord which was good and the Lord gave him another instruction to tear down the altar of Baal which was the idol Gideon’s people worshipped. Because of the fear of his life, he does it but at night and by morning all the idols were destroyed. Battling fear of rejection and possible death.
Judges 6:36, “So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hands as You have said”, vs. 37, “look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is a dew on the fleece only, and it’s dry on all the ground then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said”. Once again we see Gideon with another fear and that is the fear of trust. He has encountered with the Lord and so far everything looks good until the Lord tells him that He has chosen him to save Israel. For him to trust and believe, he asks the Lord to perform certain miracles and to my amazement, the Lord is patient with him and does as he has requested. I believe that as the Lord prepares us to be instruments, yes we might have fear but He will be patient enough with us to work with us and reveal to us what He can do that our total trust may strangle the fear inside of us.
Judges 7:2, “And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many…, vs. 3. “Now therefore proclaim in the hearing of the people saying, “whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from a Mount Gilead”. And 22,000 of the people returned”. The Lord has a sense of humor for He is telling Gideon that the people he has are too many to fight the battle. God is more concerned about His glory. He tells him to release all the people who are fearful and afraid. Remember the leader is fearful and afraid and should be the first one to leave but he is not for the Lord is already dealing with his fear as time goes by. Through this, the Lord is building him up not to put his confidence and trust in man.
Judges 7:9, “It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into you hand, vs. 10, “But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp...” vs. 11, “And you will hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp”. I thought the Lord finished dealing with his fears. Gideon is still afraid but he is sticking with God, He is fighting scared and he keeps on moving, one last thing before his strike helps him see that what is fearful about is actually nothing for the fear o the Lord is already in the camp of the enemey. The Lord sends him to the camp and if you read the portion of the scripture you will find that in as much as Gideon was fearful of the enemy, the enemy was more fearful of him and his people. It is very possible that what we are really fearful about is actually afraid of God in us, meaning it can be conquered.
We have a chance to fight scared, someone said that, “Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the force that concurs it”. I want to overcome fear for God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of sound mind. I don’t want to leave and go back like the 22,000 who left, I want to move forward even if I am fighting scared so help me Lord, what about you?. Blessings Ev