Spirit of Fear revised (Part Two)


2 Timothy 1: 7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of (His) love, (His) power and (His) sound mind.” 

Having received a firmer concept of God’s extraordinary love for us, we can now dwell on His complementary characteristic: His overwhelming power. 

IF God ONLY loves us, and does not have all power, He would be unable to help us, no matter how much His love desires. Love needs the complementary attribute of power to free us from fear. 

Ps 62:11 (Amplified)  God has spoken once, twice have I heard this, that [all] power belongs to God.

Please notice that this next verse starts with the word “surely” – that word is one of the most emphatic in the Bible, it means absolutely certain. Here it is used to answer the proud boast of the enemy’s supposed might in Isaiah 14:

Isaiah 14:24, 27  The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely, as  I have thought and planned, so shall it come to pass;  and as I have purposed, so shall it stand…For the Lord of hosts* has purposed, and who will annul it?  And His Hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? (Answer, No one.)

Isaiah 55:11  ” So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth;  it shall not return to Me void – without producing any effect- but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose.”

Isaiah 41:10  “Fear not; for I am with you;  do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties; yes, I will help you;  yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My victorious right hand of rightness and justice.”

The entire chapter of Isaiah 40 emphasizes the magnificent power of God in every small and mighty detail. It is worth reading slowly and thoroughly.

Jeremiah 32:17 [KJV] “Ah, Lord God!  Behold Thou hast made heaven and earth.  By Thy great power and outstretched arm, there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

Daniel 4: 34-35  “…and I praised and honored and glorified Him Who lives forever, Whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation.  And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing in comparison to Him, and He does according to His will in the host of heaven** and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stop His hand or say to Him, What are you doing?”

Job 42: 1-2 “Then Job said to the Lord, ‘I know that You can do ALL things and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted or stopped.'”

Read Psalms  29,54,62,65,68,71,91,104,121,139.

Having read those verses, I want you to try to think of a situation or a creature – earthly or supernatural – over which God does not have all power always. I want you to go back to the very beginning of eternity past and realize Who simply had to say one word – light – and I frankly don’t think He had to say it very loudly – and everything was formed. I want you to think on the fact that on the day of His choosing He will blow a trumpet and it all will be over. Beginning to end and all the days in between belong to Him and so do all the people who inhabit this earth. He is in total control.

 ALL power belongs to God. With everything that Job went through he was not under Satan’s attack; it was all by the initial command of God. Job 1:8 explicitly tells us that it was God who started the conversation with Satan about Job and it was God in all the subsequent verses Who set the boundary lines. How then can we fear if we know that everything in our lives is ultimately in God’s control?

* and ** note the beginning of this topic in Isaiah 14:24 where reference was made to “the Lord of Hosts.” Months ago while writing on worship I researched exactly how numerous were these “hosts” which our Lord reigned over. The answer amazed me.

When Jesus came into the world, His appearance was made known by a mighty chorus of the angelic heavenly host singing “Glory to God in the Highest” (see Luke 2:13-14). We are so accustomed to this “cozy little scene” that we might make the error of gliding right past it, so let’s pause for a while, shall we. Have you ever wondered how many were in that heavenly host?

Luke 2:13 – “With the angel a multitude of the heavenly host.” One of the glorious titles by which the eternal King was known among the chosen people was “Lord of Sabaoth,” equivalent to “Lord of hosts.” In several passages of the Scriptures is the enormous multitude of these heavenly beings noticed where the Hebrew is much more expressive than the English rendering, as in Daniel 4:34 “ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.”  If you literally multiply ten thousand times ten thousand, you arrive at a staggering figure: one hundred million!! (http://biblehub.com/commentaries/Luke/2-13.htm).

Yet, look below at the commentary on Revelation 5:11-12: [ten thousand times ten thousand]Lit. Myriads of myriads, the Greek and Hebrew language having a single word for the number 10,000: so the effect is as if we should say “millions and  millions and thousands of thousands” (in Genesis 24:60 words equivalent to these are translated “thousands of millions .”)  In Daniel 7:10 the order is the reverse, “thousand thousands…and ten thousand times ten thousand,” with the obvious motive of a climax: here the effect is, “there the effect is, “hundreds of millions massed together, and if you counted those in the mass, the numbers you would leave over would be millions still”. . .” http://biblehub.com/commentaries/revelation/5-11.htm). (Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges and Matthew Poole’s Commentary on Revelation 5:11-12).

Such is the almighty, unequaled power of your Heavenly Father. Now, knowing the definition of the “Lord of hosts”, read Isaiah 14 above again and Daniel 4 one more time and know that you never ever have anything to fear. The enemy is totally outnumbered always.