We are continuing with this powerful, life changing series, “Fear not, trust God.” How important it is in these days that we live in, for us to understand that no matter what comes against our lives as children of God, Christians, people of God, God has anticipated and made provision for it all.
It doesn’t matter how terrible things become upon the face of the earth, the Bible says in Isaiah 8:18, concerning Jesus that I and the children that God has given unto me they are for signs and wonders. The truth is that, we are people to be admired and we are people to be wondered at. God has so ordained it that in these last days, the more terrible it becomes on the face of the earth, the more we shine and the more His hand shows up upon our lives. I want you to know that the key to that is becoming a knowledgeable, practicing child of God.
You must be a child of God that has knowledge and that works in the reality of the knowledge they have. In Hosea 4: 6 the Bible clearly says, my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; the Bible also said, because you have put away knowledge or refuse knowledge I’ve also rejected you to be my priest. Isaiah 5:13 says, hell from beneath has enlarged itself to receive many to consume many, because they have rejected knowledge.
So the knowledge of God, the knowledge of how to function in the blessing of God and the things of God, is so important. Being a child of God is important for us in these last days, but we need to take a step further and be children of God that are knowledgeable and that practice the knowledge that they have because what one does not know will destroy one. You can be a child of God and have so much available to you, have so much access or so much openings, have so much that God has made available to you and yet fall short of it if you do not give yourself to learning and studying the word of God, educating yourself in the things of God and practicing especially in these days what God has shown you.
The Bible says in James 1:25, that it is the doer of the word of God that is blessed in all his works and in his deeds; the one that hears the word of God and puts it into practice is the child of God that will win. If you are a child of God that is saved, that qualifies you for heaven, but what will qualify you to win on this earth and to live the kind of life that God desires for you to live is for you to be a child of God that is knowledgeable in the things of God and in the ways of God. If you practice the word of God, you will have the kind of changes and results that God desires for you to have.
So, purpose in your heart to be a doer of the word of God, to be a knowledgeable child of God that practices or at worst endeavours to practice the knowledge that you have. It’s so important for you to know that you don’t have to be afraid of what is going on upon the face of the earth but the key to it is to be a child of God.
These are the days, the Bible talked about in Daniel 11: 32b in which, they that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits. These are days when you have to make up your mind that you are a child of God and should give yourself to the study and the practice of God’s word because that is what will make the difference in your life. The study and the practice of God’s word will make the difference in your life otherwise you’ll be a genuine child of God on your way to heaven, but in your life experience, you will be no better off than somebody that does not know Christ or that does not know God. It’s so important that you ask yourself these two questions and settle these two things forever. Firstly, am I a child of God? Secondly, am I walking in the word of God?
The Bible says in John 1:12 that, to as many as received him he gave power to become children of God; power is ability to produce results. The word power comes from the Greek word ‘Dunamis’, which is where we get the word dynamite. So the ability to produce results comes from becoming a child of God. The moment you become a child of God, inherent inside you, God has placed the ability to produce results, to prosper, to walk in health, and to conquer any and everything that comes against you in this life.
That’s why the Bible says in 1st John 5:4, whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith. Victory in life is tied to you becoming a believer so don’t go through life partly in the world and partly serving God; receive grace from God today in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to make up your mind which camp are you in. Make up your mind and say I am a child of God and I’m going to live for God, I’m going to give myself to the study and practice of the word of God. If you made that decision, I welcome you to a world of lifetime triumph; I welcome you to a world of winning. You are a winner, you are a champion. If you’ve made that decision you have entered into championship status in life.
I can tell you that every challenge that comes your way is only destined to move you to the next dimension of blessing and breakthrough in your life. John 1:12 says, unto as many that received him, he gave, power……, dunamis, spiritual dynamite, the ability to produce results, any result that is needed in your life. If health is the result that is needed in your life now, you have the ability to produce health in Christ; if it’s finances, you have the ability to produce finances in Christ; if it is any kind of success in life, be it marital success, family success, longevity, whatever it is that is threatening your destiny, child of God, in Christ you have the power to answer that situation. So make up your mind become a child of God and be spirit of God led and word of God controlled.
The issue is not whether you are born in a Christian home, the issue is, are you born again? Have you received Jesus to be your Lord and personal saviour? If you have, you are in the family of God; if you have not, get into the ark of safety. Jesus is the ark of safety, get in quickly, and inside of that safety is not only eternal salvation but salvation for every temporal challenge of life. I tell you the truth, we in Christ are in our season of greatest shining. Isaiah, 60:1 says, arise and shine for your light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. It says, behold darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the deep but the glory of the Lord shall rise upon you, his light shall shine upon you.
So you see the issue in life is not what is against you, it is who is with you, who is for you. Romans 8:31 says, if God be for us who can successfully be against us? Romans 8:37 says, no in all of these things I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who loved me and gave himself for me. The issue in life, dear readers, is not what is against you but who is for you. God has made provisions for every conceivable need you will ever have in your life – past, present and future; He has made provision for every conceivable challenge that will ever come against you. He has made provisions for your mistakes, for your miscalculations, for your slips and for your sins, in Christ; He has made provisions so, you have no reason to fail in life.
If you are on your back today, I speak to you and I command you to rise up in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. If satan is condemning you today, and telling you that you have done something that God can never forgive I curse that lie and I bind it in the name of Jesus. 1 John 1:9 says, if you have sinned and you say that you have no sin, then you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you but if you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and to cleanse you of all unrighteousness. Even if you have sinned, you are just one confession away, one act of repentance away from God’s highest favour.
I tell you today, in the name of Jesus, don’t let the devil deceive you! There is nothing that you have done that can remove you from the place of God’s favour and love; if you confess and forsake your sin, the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to restore you to the place of favour and keep you there. Romans 8:33 says, who can lay a charge against God’s elect, it is God that justifies, yea who can condemn. Nothing you have ever done, (if you are willing to confess and repent and turn away of your wrong doings) can stop you from enjoying God’s favour.
I know these words are to somebody today; rise up from that place of defeat, lay hold upon God’s favour, lay hold upon the horns of the altar of God’s mercy. Hebrews 4:16 says we should come boldly to the throne of grace that we might obtain mercy, find grace to help in the time of need. The time that you need to run to God is the time that you least feel worthy. The time that you feel so condemned because you feel that you have failed God, that is the time to run to Him.
Don’t let the devil make you feel that God’s arms are closed. Because of Jesus sacrifice, the Bible says the chastisement of our peace was put upon Christ. So because of that sacrifice, God’s arms are always open to you. If you feel that you have sinned or you have failed, run to God today; don’t run away from God, His arms are open wide to you. I tell you the truth, He will restore you to His favour and He will move you into the greatest season of blessing that you have ever known in your life. So no matter what you are faced with today, I tell you by the word of the Lord from heaven, do not be afraid rather, trust God.
Proverbs 3:5&6 says, trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will surely direct your path. Satan rules this earth through fear; fear was introduced into the human race when mankind fell. The first thing that showed up in Adam’s life after he fell was what he said when he was responding to God’s question “Adam where art thou?, he said: “we heard You coming; we hid ourselves because we were afraid”.
Fear is the first fruit of the fall of man that is why fear is so to satan’s economy and kingdom. Satan cannot do anything except through fear; he cannot keep you poor, until he can keep you afraid of being poor. He can’t keep you sick until you are afraid of being sick. He cannot keep you broke, until he can keep you afraid of being broke because what you are afraid of you talk about consistently and as you talk about it consistently, the word of your mouth begin to create the reality. The Bible says in Prov. 6:2, you are snared by the words of your mouth, that is you dig a pit for yourself and create a trap for yourself by the words you speak. Matt. 12:36 says out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speakeh.
When you are consumed with fear of something, you talk about it consistently and the more you talk about it, the more you establish it in your life. That’s why the Bible says, don’t be afraid, don’t be consumed by your fear.
Jesus said in Luke 21:25-26 there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring, men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth. So the way that you imbibe fear is by constantly pondering, imagining and looking at the things that seem to be going wrong with your life and wondering and asking yourself how you would survive and make ends meet. And as you are thinking about those things, you are thinking about your inability, deficiencies, lack of resources and lack of ability to meet up with the challenges of life.
That is when panic and fear begin to come. Fear doesn’t have an inroad into your life except it can get you to keep looking and concentrating on the things that are wrong.
If God is going to help you, He has to get your attention away from the things that are wrong and start getting your attention on Him and His word. Fear is simply satan’s voice, the fruit of the product of listening to satan’s voice. Faith is the fruit of the product of listening to God’s voice and you make the choice, whether you are going to listen to the word of satan or the word of God.
Anytime you listen to satan’s word, fear is developed in your life and any time you listen to God’s word faith is developed in your life and faith is the basis upon which you trust God. The Bible says trust in the lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding but you cannot trust God without trusting in what He has spoken to you. God’s answer for fear is to speak something to you. God does nothing outside of His word, so if God is going to deal with fear in your life, He will first of all speak something to you, give you a word, then expect that you concentrate on the word that He has given you and not on the fear.
As you concentrate on the word He has given you, you will fill your heart with faith and trust and by so doing, you will displace fear from your heart. There is no way that any human being living on this earth can deal with fear outside of concentrating on God’s word because fear is a spiritual thing; it does not just come from anywhere. We have identified the source of fear as man’s fallen nature of sin.
Fear is of the devil. 2 Tim. 1:7 tells us clearly that “God has not given us a spirit of fear….”, so fear is not supposed to be tolerated in the life of a Christian. If you are not a Christian, you don’t really have a choice because the nature of the devil produces fear. The truth of the matter is, the moment you become a child of God, the spirit of fear is removed, the nature of God is placed in you and you have a right to resist fear.
Fear must not be tolerated, it should be resisted. Jesse Duplantis said ‘fear tolerated is faith contaminated. The Bible says resist the devil and he will flee from you. Ephe. 4:27 says “neither give place to the devil”; James 4:7 says “submit yourself unto God, resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Submitting yourself to God means you must choose to refuse to fear or listen to the devil’s lies; instead listen to God.
Satan’s primary strategy against the human race is “has God said?” Has God said He will deliver you, heal you, provide for you! Has God said you will not be disgraced, not be ashamed? He questions the integrity of God’s word because he knows that God does nothing outside of His word. The Bible says in Heb. 1:3 that God upholds the whole earth by the word of His power. Satan knows this so he moves to challenge the word of God in our lives because if he can successfully challenge the integrity of God’s word in our lives and get us into a state of doubt then he has removed the foundation and the basis upon which God can operate in our lives.
When men are looking for solutions to the challenges of life, God responds to man’s need by sending His word. His word is the source and the key to His power. When He sends His word, He is committed to do whatever He needs to do. God will spare no expense to make His word to come to pass for the one that is believing it. 2 Chron. 16:9 says “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the length and breadth of the earth, looking for that one whose heart is loyal, trusting in Him, that He might show Himself strong on the behalf of such a one.”
Will you be that one today that will say I refuse to fear, in the name of Jesus, I refuse to fear, no matter what the source of the fear is? School fees are due, rent is due and you are wondering how to survive or maybe you have an ailment that is challenging you and threatening your life; the first step to deliverance is to say, in the name of Jesus, I refuse to be afraid. God has not given me a spirit of fear; He has given me the spirit of power, love and of a sound mind.
Refuse to fear or be anxious about your life because God loves you and is taking care of your right now. He is moving heaven and earth on your behalf to see to it that an answer comes to you now. I have said to you before that God is unlimited, He has infinite ways to meet your needs, so don’t think that God is limited to only things that you know; He is the unlimited one. Your business is to trust Him, to believe what He has said to you and to leave Him to do the manoeuvring.
You do the believing, that is your job and let Him manoeuvre the circumstances. That is why it is important to be knowledgeable; you must believe something that He has spoken to you today. God’s answer to you lies in what He speaks to you; when God wants to meet your need, He first of all sends a word to you. As you believe that word, trust Him and refuse to fear, you untie His hands; you literally open the door for Him to manoeuvre in your circumstances and reach into His pool of unlimited resources to manifest Himself in your life.
If God has held up the universe in His mighty hands, surely, your life is not too big a project for God to handle.