I want to talk today about the greatest enemy there is to our faith. The number one enemy to our faith. Maybe some of you if asked what the biggest enemy to our faith, would say maybe the government. The government wants to come in and one day the great beast will seek to destroy Yahweh's people and that is the great enemy.
Either the world government to come or maybe you even feel the United States government or the government of the country you live in is the biggest enemy to your faith. Others might feel that maybe it's the false doctrines and mainstream religion that is the greatest enemy to our faith. Or maybe Satan!
Someone might say the greatest enemy to our faith has to be Satan the devil, right? I mean he is the one that is coming against us. Actually, I would say none of the above. The greatest enemy to our faith is this: FEAR and ANXIETY: Enemies of our Faith. Anxiety is a big word today. A fancy word for fear.
A lot of people are plagued with fear, and anxiousness, and worry, and these are the opposite of faith. Fear and faith are opposites from one another. So we want to talk about this. Now there is a healthy fear or a good kind of fear that we want to have.
For instance, if I'm driving down the highway at 55 miles per hour on a two lane road and there is 18 wheelers buzzing by me from the opposite direction just 10 feet away. A healthy fear is to not want to cross over the center line into their lane. That would be a real healthy fear to have.
A good fear and there is nothing wrong with that kind of fear. But then there is an unhealthy fear. An unhealthy fear would be living in dread that one day someone on that side of the highway may cross over into our lane. It's not based on any factual information but only based on what might happen one day.
Now an unhealthy fear is based on lies and things that cannot be proven. A healthy fear is based on truth. If I was to cross into that other lane of traffic, I would probably die or more than likely, seriously injured and so that would encourage me to stay on my lane.
Now to be too afraid to drive or to be gripped with anxiety because of cars coming in the other direction is not a fear based on any factual information. It's just a fear based on what might happen someday. Now if we're not sure whether what we have is a healthy fear or an unhealthy fear then just ask Yahweh.
“If it's not from you Yahweh, then I don't want it, so please take it away from me; I don't want that. I want to live my life in faith and believing that You have my best interest at heart and You want to make me into the image of Yahushua.” Now there is a spirit of fear that might cause us to fear things other than Yahweh.
There is an innumerable number of things that can cause us to fear. Different circumstances such as things that might happen in the future that we don't know and so we have to make sure that we are walking in a holy fear and not an unholy fear. Even psychology to day has categorized with a huge list of things that man might be afraid of.
They call them “phobias.”
Some of the fears are fear of death, fear of abandonment, fear of losing a family member, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of poverty, fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of evil, fear of not being saved, fear of criticism, fear of future, fear of being alone, fear coming out of superstitions (don't step on a crack).
Also, fear of fire, fear of animals (snakes, spiders), fear of suffocation, fear of bad news, fear of being robbed, fear of shame, fear of not being in control, fear of allergies, fear of responsibility, fear of the dark and the list goes on and on.
And psychology classifies these things as phobias and these kind of fears can literally drive a person mad. And actually if we let Satan have his way, we would be afraid of a pop can. There is always something that he can give us to cause us to fear. But Yahweh tells us that He is not the source of these unhealthy, harmful fears.
2Timothy 1:7 - For Elohim has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
So Yahweh did not give us these phobias. They don't come from Elohim. And actually they come from an unclean spirit that would try to draw us to fear. I say unclean spirit because it says right there in 2 Timothy 1:7, “spirit of fear.” Fear is an unclean spirit. An unholy fear is an unclean spirit from the enemy.
There are two kingdoms that are presently, as we speak, at war with one another. And the war is over ground. We are created from the dust of the ground and we are the ground that both Kingdom's seek to own. Now, we have a choice. We have a choice as to what Kingdom we are going to submit ourselves to.
Who will have our soil. Who's words will be planted in our soil and will bear fruit. The words of the enemy or the spirit of Yahweh. The words of the enemy bring fear, dread and torment while the words of Yahweh bring goodness, faith, and hope. That's how we can tell the difference between the two kingdoms.
A lot of times a thought will enter the mind – “fear this fear that.” And that thought most of the time is an unhealthy fear not based on reality or based on anything factual. That's an unclean spirit that's trying to bring these things into your mind. Now Satan hates you and he hates Yahweh and it's because he hates Yahweh that he hates you.
Because we're created in Elohim's image and he's trying to destroy us because of who we are. If you ever think you're unworthy of something or if you feel like you're not loved for some reason, then think about this: Elohim created you to be in His image! Doesn't that just by nature make you important?
Doesn't that just by nature make you significant? Absolutely! Not because of our own doing, but because Yahweh has chosen to create us in His image. The image of the most powerful being in the universe. And that is significant right there. So automatically just by nature we have value.
Not because we earned it, but because Yahweh has given us value by nature. Now, the enemy knows that we are valuable to Elohim and he wants to take away from that.
The enemy also wants to express himself, and the demons want to express themselves on the Earth and the only way they can do that and express their purpose (their ideology) here on the Earth is, if they have men who are willing to express them. They want us to be their medium.
They want us to conform to their laws; abide by their doctrine (the doctrines of demons) and they seek to bring Yahweh to shame. And they seek to bring us to fear them rather than Elohim. Because if we fear them rather than Elohim, then that makes them feel like they are in the place of Elohim. Do we understand?
That which we fear we give power to in our minds. We can't listen to them, because they want to be one with us. We don't want to be one with them. So if we're not learned in the ways of Yahweh; if we do not understand the doctrines of Yahweh, we may find ourselves walking in the rules, doctrines, and beliefs, and creeds, and theologies of the enemy.
And even do so in such a way that seems normal to us, and certainly quite normal to the culture we're surrounded by. So we have to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Some say you need to go and do spiritual warfare and cast out the demons, but that's not going to renew your mind. We have to renew the mind.
When we accept thoughts that are not of Yahweh's kingdom, then we could begin to have physical manifestations and even diseases and we have emotions that are based on lies. Because they come from the father of lies. The fears that are based on lies are from the enemy.
But Yahweh wants His law to become a permanent part of us so that our physical manifestations and emotions are based on eternal truth, and not the lies of His enemy. So in our hearts and our minds we are either thinking like a son of Elohim or we're thinking like a son of His enemy – children of the devil.
Everything we think; everything we say, comes out of our mouth. Everything that we do will establish one kingdom or the other. Now both fear and faith have one thing in common; they both project into the future. Faith says "no matter what happens, Yahweh is with us and we will be all right; Yahweh is in charge; He is in the lead; I trust him."
Fear says, "oh, look at all the things that might happen; you don't want that to happen to you? You don't want to suffer do you?" Faith says, "I'm willing to suffer; I'm willing to undergo pain; I'm willing to undergo discomfort because my Savior did that for me.
Certainly He wants to do that in me and I can return my love for Him by being willing to suffer and die if necessary to show forth my love for Him.” If we start off on the right foot. If we start from the right paradigm.
If we start from the right foundation, no matter what the enemy throws at us to fear, we're working off of that foundation and we're rooted in the soil that is owned by Elohim. That's the good faith.
It would be like if you knew that you had a broken bone and you knew a doctor who is very good at setting a bone, you knew that you're going to have to go through that pain in order to get that bone put in place.
It was going to hurt. But you also knew that you couldn't go around with your arm broken for the rest your life, so you decided that you were going to face the pain, suffering and accept it and say "all right, doctor, heal me. Doctor, take the bone and set it where it needs to be so that I can have full use of my arm.”
Well, Yahushua is a doctor and we are a broken body, brothers and sisters. We are a broken body of the Messiah. There are parts of our body that cannot be put to proper use. Maybe the hand, maybe the arm, maybe the foot that needs to be set and fixed by the doctor. But in order to do that, it's going to hurt.
But if we know that ahead of time; if we know that going in; we know it's going to happen; yup, this is going to hurt because all the parts of my body that are broken, need to be fixed (spiritually). And so whatever happens to me.
Yes it's not fun to go through torment and pain and suffering in this age, but in the end I'll have healing; in the end, I'll be useful. That part of me will be useful for Elohim's service. In the end, this body of mine will be used for His glory – this body of the Messiah.
So this takes faith brothers to accept this, to acknowledge this, live a life like this. It takes faith. If we choose faith instead of fear, not only will we have more piece, but others will marvel at it at the same time.
They will say, "how is it in all the circumstances and in all this confusion that surrounds you, that you maintain shalom, you maintain peace.” And the reason why, is the Elohim of peace is with us and we can trust him. Now, what are some of the things that will build that faith in us?
What are some of the things that will take away from that faith in us? Well, one of the things that will build that faith is:
Romans 10:17 - So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of Elohim.
The more we set our minds on the word of Yahweh; the more we focus and put our emphasis, and our thoughts, and our hearts on the word of Yahweh, the more Yahweh will open our ears to the truth. Do you understand how that works? You've got faith coming by “hearing.” That's how faith comes. But how do we get proper hearing?
If you want to get proper hearing, then you have to get that by the word of Elohim. The word of Elohim opens our ears to the truth. And as we hear that word of Elohim, then we will have faith. And the more faith we have, the less fear we're going to have. That's how it works. So, the word of Elohim is very key.
That's part of our relationship. Relationships consist of communication. There is Elohim's communication to us; the spirit of Elohim communicating to us. The Spirit of Elohim writing on our hearts the words of His Torah. And then there is that taking root in our hearts and growing. Because we accept those words as being truth by faith.
So, faith is the opposite of fear. What are some of the areas that people tend to fear? We've already covered some of them. It seems to me, that they can be placed under, about four categories. That would cover pretty much most of the fears that people have.
We're going to look at and try to bring the word of Yahweh into those four categories of fear, and let the word of Yahweh cast out fear as we hear these words. The first category of fear is:
1. 1. Fear of rejection by Yahweh.
How many times have I heard this in my years of ministry? I can't tell you how many times. But it has been numerous times where someone felt like they were not accepted by Yahweh, even though they were. Even though they were doing the things that Yahweh has called us to do in order to be saved, they don't feel like that's for them.
They feel that the salvation is for other people but me, "I'm not worthy of that." That's where the fear of not being saved; a fear of responsibility; of not measuring up to expectations. And fear is a spirit that affects our emotions and affects our peace and the spirit of fear can come from Yahweh! There is a good kind of spirit of fear.
But there is also a spirit of fear that can come from the enemy. Now, the spirit of fear that comes from Yahweh, teaches us to fear Yahweh and it's going to be based on truth. In fact, the Messiah Himself had this kind of spirit. It's a Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 11:1 - There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
That's a prophecy of the Messiah here.
Isaiah 11:2 - The Spirit of YAHWEH shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YAHWEH.
We need that spirit, don't we? And in fact it says:
Isaiah 11:3 - His delight [is] in the fear of YAHWEH, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
And so, this is a good spirit – this fear of Yahweh. So, there's a fear of Yahweh that is based on truth; a healthy fear of Yahweh. A healthy fear is that we may fear what Yahweh would do to us if we chose to live a life of willful sin. There's nothing wrong with that kind of fear. That's a good fear.
But then there's a fear of Yahweh that's based on lies. A lot of people have difficulty believing Yahweh's word regarding His forgiveness; regarding His mercy. Those words where Yahweh says he has compassion and mercy, somehow doesn't apply to them. Now, they'll believe it for somebody else!
Almost anybody else they'll believe it for. Someone else that they would see as more worthy. But they won't believe it themselves or for themselves. Now this is based on a lie that Yahweh is a respecter of persons, and that His grace really isn't sufficient for us. It's based on the lie that Yahweh holds grudges like men do.
Those who have had condemning, unforgiving, negative, distant or abusive parents; or maybe even a spouse who's that way, would be most susceptible to this kind of lie. Especially if we're little children and we grow up in a very negative, abusive environment with condemnation all the time.
In that kind of environment, our minds can get hardwired into a pattern of thinking that is un-biblical. The enemy tries his best to hardwire people that way, so they will not believe in the word of Elohim. So that he can condemn them and torment them through condemnation and a lack of peace.
Even though we've been hardwired the wrong way, we have to let Yahweh renew our minds. The way we let our minds be renewed is by the word of Elohim. We've covered quite a bit the last several weeks. The Messiah has given us a new identity. You are a different person. Do you understand that? Yahweh is not like our earthly father's.
Yahweh is not like the abusive authority figure in our lives. Yahweh meets us right where we are. He meets us right where we are. And He's patient with us as we seek to overcome; as we live like Yahushua did. Now, I want to ask those of you who are struggling with this a question.
If you had a child who may be wasn't the most perfect child, but he really wanted to be. He really wanted to please you and he came to you in repentance and tears and told you what he had done wrong. Would you say to him, "get away from me, I don't forgive you?" Is that what you would say to him? Of course not.
Say that little child comes to you sobbing in sincere repentance and says “mommy or daddy I did a bad thing and I should not have done it and I'm really sorry I did it. Would you forgive me?” Which one of you would say to your dear son or your daughter, “no son I won't forgive you!
I'm going to bear that grudge and hold it over your head the rest of your life.”
I hope none of you would do that. Now, when we come to our heavenly father in like fashion. And we come to Him in tears and repentance for the wickedness that we have done, do we believe that He would forgive us or do we believe that He would hold a grudge and say no, I don't forgive you.
If you believe that He would not forgive you, what you're saying is that your righteousness exceeds His righteousness; that year mercy exceeds His mercy; that your compassion and grace exceeds His. Yahushua told us, that of the person who came to us seven times a day and did the same thing and each time said "I repent," you're forgiven.
Now do you really believe that Yahushua would have an expectation of us that Yahweh Himself wouldn't give? I don't think so. So just some things to think about. Now, there's a lack of faith in the promises of Yahweh. A lack of belief in the promises of Yahweh. So that even if we were to die, in our death we would glorify Yahweh.
If we don't have the faith in Yahweh's word and His promises, we're going to have a hard time overcoming the spirit of fear.
1John 4:16 - And we have known and believed the love that Elohim has for us. Elohim is love, and he who abides in love abides in Elohim, and Elohim in him.
Do we know and do we believe that?
1John 4:17 - Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
Did you catch that? “As He is, so are we in this world.” Yahweh is righteous. So are we righteous. Not because of our conduct; not because we are great and perfect but because Yahushua the Messiah lives in us. Yahushua is the image and glory of Elohim.
And since He is the image and glory of Elohim, and He dwells in us and it is no longer we who live, but Messiah live in us; just as He is, so are we in the world.
So we can go to Yahweh on the day of judgment – if you can imagine that – with boldness, not fearing judgment, not fearing that He is ready to beat us for all the wickedness that we have done. But no, we love, we know and we believe the love that Elohim has for us. Do we know and do we believe the love that Elohim has for us?
Do you know and believe the love that Elohim has for You? His love would be perfected in you, if you would have boldness in the day of judgment, and believe it, that as He is, so are we in this world. Now, we are nowhere equal to Him. But He's willing to place His righteousness in us through Yahushua the Messiah.
So when it comes to fear of judgment, there is an unholy fear of judgment! An unrighteous fear of judgment! And that fear will be cast out when we know and believe that love that Elohim has for us. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. Because fear involves torment.
He who fears has not been made perfect in love. Now, we love Him because He first loved us. No matter what wicked state you were in or even might be in right now at this moment, we have an Elohim in heaven – Yahweh – who already has demonstrated His love for us. Because of that, we love Him.
If you haven't yet received His love, you might have a hard time giving it back. So we have to receive that love completely, and believe, and know the love He has for you. Because as He is, so are we. Not because we deserved it, not because we're worthy of it.
We are restored to the image of Elohim through faith in Yahushua and we don't have to fear that Yahweh may do something, when He says He won't. That's a fear of torment not based on truth. Now there is a fear of torment that is based on truth.
And that is that Yahweh will judge and He will torment those who refuse to be that child who goes to their Father and ask for forgiveness. Or that treats Yahweh like a vending machine; up goes a prayer, out comes forgiveness and not really any sincere desire on the part of the one praying to really change.
But if you have a desire to change, and want to change, and cry out for change to say “Yahweh create in me a clean heart,” then that's the kind of repentance that Yahweh is looking for. You can put your faith and bank on it, Yahweh says “He will forgive the repentant believer who trusts in Yahushua's righteousness dwelling in him.”
So, unrighteous fear says, “oh, you're only valuable to Yahweh if you never sin again, then you will be valuable to Him.” That's not right. Faith recognizes that apart from Messiah we are dust and we have the ability to fail. Faith says “we're sons of Elohim and we have the strength to change those failures into success stories and victory.”
But fear denies that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Fear denies the truth of this scripture:
1John 1:8 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Did you get that? Don't say that Yahweh is unfaithful. It says that He is faithful and just! Don't say that Yahweh is unjust. Say “Yahweh is faithful and just! If I confess my sin to Him, He is faithful; He is just to forgive me of my sin and to cleanse me from all my unrighteousness.”
If you're struggling with the issue, this scripture right here might be one of the most important scriptures you could meditate on and memorize.
And the next time the enemy reminds you of whatever ugly sin you did, whatever or however, “if I confess my sins, He is faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.”
1John 1:10 - If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Now get this, every single one of us has sin in our life. In verse 8 here, it says very clearly, “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The issue is not whether you have sin in your life, it's what you desire to do about that sin. That's the difference.
Because we all have sin. The real difference between a believer and unbeliever is that an unbeliever has sin but he doesn't care. The believer has sin, recognizes it, hates it, wishes it wasn't there and cries out to Yahweh for help in overcoming that sin. Sometimes I think too deeply and I don't say it right.
Okay, if we say we have no sin, we deceive yourself. So, admit it. You have some amount of sin in your life. And the real issue is, what do you want to do with that? Do you want to confess it, acknowledge it and cry out to Yahweh to help you overcome it?
Or do you justify it and say “well, that's what grace is for, it doesn't really matter, it's all under the blood and He doesn't mind because we're just imperfect sinners and that's just the way it is?” You see, there is a difference. There is a difference. Fear will make Yahweh to be a liar and say “no, He won't forgive you.”
And it will lead you to hopelessness, to despair, to only being obedient because you're afraid and not because we love. You know, fear and condemnation is a terrible motivator. It's just a terrible motivator for obedience. It just is. In fact, that can lead to even greater areas of disobedience.
Because we don't believe in Yahweh and we figure “well, I'm condemned no matter what I do, so why try.” And then we do end up finding ourselves in condemnation if we have the kind of attitude where we say “I'm not going to bother to even try.” Now, I'm going to point back to scripture here in the book of numbers.
I don't believe for a moment that grace was absent in the old testament scripture. In fact, we're going to see this.
Numbers 13:30 - Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."
This is when they spied out the land and they were fearful people who had gone up with him and said in verse 31:
Numbers 13:31 - But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they [are] stronger than we."
Numbers 13:32 - And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies [is] a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it [are] men of [great] stature.
33 - "There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."
And what happened? What happened was the congregation lifted up their voices and cried out, and didn't believe Yahweh – that He would bring them into the land. They felt that they were not worthy. You know, all these plagues kept happening, people were dieing; they felt, “we'll never make it, we'll just never make it.”
And it was their fears that led them to murmur and complain, and not believe when Yahweh said that He would bring them in. Either they felt that Yahweh wasn't strong enough to defeat the giants or they didn't believe they were worthy enough for Yahweh to be willing to give them the victory.
But either way it was a fear based on lies that was driving them. Now, Yahweh is strong enough and He is full of mercy, compassion, and loving kindness. If we will only keep our hearts tender, humble and willing to be molded by Him. We need to reject the lies of the enemy and we need to accept the words of Yahweh like Joshua and Caleb did.
Their bread for us. And the more we meditate on His word, and His promises, the more our minds are going to be molded; are going to be retrained; rewired so to speak to automatically, by nature, just believe the truth.
Now, the enemy has plenty of servants to bring condemnation, guilt and things to try and make us disbelieve Yahweh, just like these spies. They came and sought to bring condemnation and fear that was not based on truth. So, if we're fearing the rejection of Yahweh, we need to go to the scripture and look at it, because faith will come by hearing.
Faith is the opposite of fear. So look at the scripture and let Yahweh define who He really is. Not your parents; not other authority figures or people in your life that have hurt you. Don't let them define Yahweh for you. Don't let them mold Yahweh into an image of one that He is not. That's Idolatry! Let Yahweh define Himself.
And the only way we can find that definition is through meditation on the words of Elohim. So, those are some of the things that will help us to eliminate the unholy fear of Yahweh.
Four categories of fear:
1. Fear of rejection by Yahweh
2. Fear of rejection by men
The world we live in is all completely minded about man's opinions; man's thoughts; man's ideas of what's right, neat, nice, good, bad, cool and out of fashion. There is all kinds of things that man has his opinion about. Then when you turn on the news or read newspapers, magazines, books or whatever – it's all about man's opinion.
The culture we live in, we grow up in, and it's all about what man thinks. When we choose Yahweh to be the source of truth; the one to whom we can look to for an opinion that is actually right; a creed or a doctrine that is actually be based on truth and not lies, then we begin to value His opinion more than the opinions of men.
Now what the enemy does is, he uses our fear of rejection by men to keep us from coming out of our shell and really doing damage to the kingdom that he set up on the earth. The enemy wants to intimidate us into submission to his will or at least make us ineffective as believer's, so that we will take no ground for Yahweh.
So that we'll just be a bunch of pew warmers who don't take dominion and go therefore and make disciples of all nations. When we go to a congregation, do we go there to just receive or do we go there to give? I mean, we should give and we should receive.
A lot of times it's fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of inadequacies or whatever that will keep us from stepping out and walking in the calling that Yahweh has placed on our life. We become unfruitful, dry and our walk and cup isn't overflowing. The enemy has all these alternative ways to waste our time.
We've got this time frame on the earth – a window of time that we're called to live in – and the enemy has all kinds of things to get us distracted and waste our time. That way we won't be effective to doing damage to his Kingdom that he is trying to set up on the earth. Because the enemy wants to take dominion over the earth also.
Now let me tell you, the body of Messiah needs you! This world needs you! Yahweh wants to use you and we can't fear rejection or what people will say about us, because their opinion doesn't count in the end, does it?
People in our family or even people in the body of Messiah – they got their opinions – if it's not according to the word of Yahweh, then it's not right – period.
So let's say we read something in the scriptures and some of you are thinking of maybe keeping the Torah – keeping the commandments of Yahweh – commands that very few people pay attention to. Like Sabbath and feast keeping and things like that. But you got all this opposition around you.
You look around you and you got friends, relatives and people at Church, and all these competing voices saying no; don't go that way. Even though you look into the words of Yahweh and you see it very plainly, He's calling you into this. Do we fear Yahweh or do we fear man?
Do we regard Yahweh's words as most important or do we regard man’s words, man’s opinions and man’s ideas as being most important? The truth is, you're going to get mistreated and a lot of people don't want to go through that.
So, when we share with them some truths that we've learned from the scriptures, that really the law of Yahweh has not been abolished and we ought to be keeping things that are in the ten commandments, like the Sabbath day and so on.
A lot of people because of the fear of rejection by men, will find some scripture to excuse their way out of it and keep on going like nothing happened. But we need to remember that we are disciples of Yahushua and not disciples of this world.
Do you understand the difference? We're not disciples of the enemy; we're not disciples of his servants; we're not disciples of anyone but Yahushua.
Matthew 10:24 - "A disciple is not above [his] teacher, nor a servant above his master.
25 - "It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more [will they call] those of his household!
That's what we signed up for! Brothers and sisters, we signed up for this. We have to be willing to suffer and be rejected like Yahushua was rejected, if we ever want to win the battle against the enemy. We've got to show up for duty. Every morning, we got to show up for duty and then go to war. Go to war for the King.
Gain territory, gain ground against the enemy. Ground maybe that he's taken in you! Ground that maybe he's taken in your children and in others lives. We want to go forth and take that ground right back away from the enemy. And yes, the enemy is going to have his servants to try and call us every name in the book.
But we can't stop. We have to keep going.
2Timothy 2:3 - You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Yahushua Messiah.
4 - No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of [this] life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
You have been enlisted. Men and woman – both of you! Y'all, we've been enlisted; we're in the army. Let's not entangle ourselves with the affairs of this world. Let's be willing to endure the hardship, so the enemy will do battle against you by inspiring people to speak words of rejection. We can't look at it like they're rejecting us.
Really they're not! Really they're not rejecting us, if we are acting as Yahushua did. If someone rejects you, don't view yourself as being so important that you're the real reason why they're rejecting you. No, the reason is bigger than you. It's bigger than you! The enemy is working in them and they don't know it.
But he's trying to get at you by a spirit of fear, rejection of men. But again:
2Timothy 1:7 - For Elohim has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
8 - Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Master, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of Elohim,
9 - who has saved us and called [us] with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Messiah Yahushua before time began,
So do not be ashamed. Do not be ashamed. In fact, we can glory in it. If we're living the way Yahushua did and we're keeping Torah the way He did, then we can glory in it and rejoice in it and not look at it as something to be ashamed of. The enemy wants to give us this spirit of fear all the time. The rejection of men.
But no, through Yahweh, we have power, we have love, and we have a sound mind. So don't be ashamed of the testimony of Yahushua. Nor should we be ashamed of Yahweh's testimonies in the Torah. So he's saying “share with him the sufferings for the good news according to the power of Elohim.”
2Timothy 1:9 - who has saved us and called [us] with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Messiah Yahushua before time began,
Yahweh already chose us before time even began and He will choose us for eternity. So don't let the temporary opinions of men – the short little 60, 70 or 80 year window you might live in – concern you. Because you have a greater calling; a higher calling.; a greater purpose and grace that was given to you.
And that was given to you before time began, because Yahweh knew that you would choose Him and therefore He would choose you.
Psalms 119:44 - So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.
45 - And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.
46 - I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed.
Don't be ashamed of His word. Yahushua says if you're ashamed of Me and My word, I'll be ashamed of you. Don't be ashamed of His words. Rejoice in His words and glory in them.
Isaiah 51:7 - "Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart [is] My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.
8 - For the moth will eat them up like a garment, And the worm will eat them like wool; But My righteousness will be forever, And My salvation from generation to generation."
He's telling us, “don't be afraid of what those people say. Don't be afraid of their insults and their reproach, because if you have your Torah in my heart, you will endure forever and my righteousness will be in you forever, and Yahushua will be in you forever, and my salvation lasts forever and ever.”
Whereas the unrighteous, the moth eats them up; the worm eats them up and that's it. They're finished and then they're waiting for judgment. So look to eternal things and the things that will endure forever. Let's not be ashamed of His name either.
Acts 5:40 - And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten [them], they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Yahushua, and let them go.
The Sanhedrin told them “well, you don't use that name Yahushua around these parts because we don't want you to talk in that name.” What did they do?
Acts 5:41 - So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Woe! Man, they were just so happy that Yahweh might look upon them and consider them worthy to suffer shame. Did you ever have that mindset? Hopefully we do, I mean, you have to be worthy to suffer shame. Not everybody gets to have that! Not everybody gets that blessing to suffer shame for His name.
Yahweh has to look at you and say “well done my child, I'm going to allow you to suffer shame for Me. You see Yahweh doesn't see as man sees. He sees eternity and He wants to bless you and He wants to reward you in the age to come. So, if He allows you to suffer shame for Him, He must really find something in you.
He must find something of value in you and so He wants to reward you. Look at it as an opportunity to be rewarded and not as something to complain about; or something to moan about; or to go about your life wishing that it would never be.
But instead look at it as something that the disciples did, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. Wow, what a blessing! HalleluYah! You see, names were a big deal in those days. Still are. So don't be ashamed of Yahushua's name .
Acts 5:42 -
They kept right on going and didn't care what they thought. Because they feared Yahweh, rather than man.
1Peter 4:14 -
See, it takes faith for us to believe that Yahweh is pleased with our willingness to be rejected by men. It takes faith for that. Don't forget, Yahushua was despised and rejected by men, so it will be the same for us today. We just need to accept that as part of our life in Messiah.
It goes with the program; that's what we signed up for; it's not easy; it's difficult, but you've got to be found worthy to even suffer for it. The bottom line is:
Proverbs 29:25 -
Yahweh told Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 2:6 - "And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns [are] with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they [are] a rebellious house.
Don't be afraid of them people! They're agents of the enemy. They try to get us to fear them and therefore fear the enemy. It's Yahweh that we fear, not man.
Psalms 118:6 -
What can man do to me? I mean what can man really do? Kill the body? Okay. Then what? There is nothing more that they can do. That's it! But Yahweh is able to destroy both body and soul in the lake of fire. So He's the one that we fear.
Psalms 27:1 - <<[A Psalm] of David.>> YAHWEH [is] my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? YAHWEH [is] the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 - When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.
3 - Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war should rise against me, In this I [will be] confident.
Psalms 27:4 - One [thing] I have desired of YAHWEH, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of YAHWEH All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of YAHWEH, And to inquire in His temple.
5 - For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
6 - And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to YAHWEH.
The Psalmist here is putting his hope in Elohim and putting his desires and affections on that. To an extent that he really isn't afraid that if a whole army come up against him, he wouldn't be afraid.
Romans 8:31 -
If Yahweh is on your side, who can really go against you? Even if they killed your flesh, who could really go against you and be successful? No one.
1Peter 3:13 - And who [is] he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?
14 - But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, [you are] blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled."
15 - But sanctify YAHWEH Elohim in your hearts, and always [be] ready to [give] a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
1Peter 3:15 - But sanctify YAHWEH Elohim in your hearts, and always [be] ready to [give] a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
16 - having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Messiah may be ashamed.
Because they will see that you're not an evildoer, right?
1Peter 3:17 - For [it is] better, if it is the will of Elohim, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 - For Messiah also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to Elohim, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
So Messiah took it for us.
Luke 12:4 - "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 - "But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
6 - "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before Elohim.
Luke 12:7 -
What do you mean, do not fear? He just said fear. Don't fear those who kill the body. Yahweh places value on you, so that if they did kill you, the very hairs of your head are numbered. Don't be afraid of their threats. You're more valuable than many sparrows.
So brothers, we cannot be walking in ways that deny Him today. Let's not be ashamed of what man may do to us, because in the end their opinion just doesn't count.
It doesn't amount for anything, and yet they're not going to be standing next to you on judgment day or a condemning authority figure won't be there saying “well, I don't think he should go in, he did this, that and the other. Yahweh is not going to care what they think..
The only thing that is going to matter is our attitude towards righteousness is in the right place. Which means we are repentant in our hearts. We want to turn away from sin. We want to overcome. We cry out for strength and help from above. We strive against sin.
Those are evidences of repentance and we have our faith not in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness of Yahushua the Messiah. There is a third fear we are going to look at and that is 3. Fear of the future.
And this is where you have fear of abandonment, fear of losing a family member, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of poverty, fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of being alone, fear of coming out of superstitions, fear of fires, fear of bad news, fear of being robbed, and fear of not being in control.
Again, both faith and fear project into the future. Faith says, “no matter what happens, Yahweh is with me and we will be okay in the end.” That's what faith says. Fear says, “ohh look at all those things that might happen, you don't want to suffer!” There is no shortage of things that we could worry about.
All of the “could be's” that might happen in our life. That's what worry is. Worry is just a fancy word for fear. Fear denies that Yahweh is on the Throne. Fear suggests that you can control everything, so that you will never suffer. That's a lie. Fear and anxiety are on the increase now a days.
The reality, you see, is that fear comes along and he is in disguise – like a friend, to help you – and he's going to protect you from all sorts of bad things that could happen to you. And so he is wearing this disguise as though he is your little buddy to help you along your way. But in reality, it's an enemy.
It's a wolf in sheep’s clothing. craftily designed to destroy your faith. Craftily designed to destroy your peace. Craftily designed to destroy your joy and ultimately to destroy your life. The reality is we have nothing to fear in the future. Our future is so bright that if you could look at it, you would die.
Because our future is that we are going to be seeing the face of Elohim, and no one can see His face and live unless we are of the incorruptible. You know the old saying “if your future is so bright that you have to wear sunglasses” but our future is brighter than that. We don't have anything to fear in the future.
Everything that Yahweh has for us in our future is for our good not for our harm. Fear says, “well, Yahweh's not working fast enough.” We need to learn how to recognize fear statements. If you find yourself dreading something in the future, we are fearing and not walking in faith; not walking in peace.
Fear try's to project into the future all the possible scenarios that might cause you to suffer in some way. It can even sometimes venture into the ridiculous. I heard about a man onetime ask a lady why she spent so much time worrying about everything.
And she says “well, you know it works because 99 percent of the things that I worry about never happen.” That's true, 99 percent of the things that we worry about don't happen and so we are plagued when these fears come along disguised as a friend, but actually just trying to destroy us.
Fear denies that Yahweh is on the throne and that He is control of everything. Or that if He is on the throne, He would not do the things that you think He ought to do Now what does that say? That is a spirit of fear that is accusatory toward Yahweh. It's accusatory! As though He really doesn't have your good interest in mind.
Just like when the enemy came to Eve – “oh, well Yahweh is withholding something from you and you really won't know good and evil unless you partake of this tree. And if you do partake of this tree, then you'll be just like Him, see?”
As if Yahweh is withholding something that we need. That was a deception. One of the nuances of the deception that Eve fell into. But we don't have any reason to fear the future if we just do one simple thing. One simple thing that we can do about any fear or anything that may come into our life that may cause us some concerns or worries.
If we do one simple thing, it would eliminate it. And that's this:
So, this is a command here, “be anxious for nothing.” “Be anxious for nothing.” Just relax. If you have by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving; being thankful for what situation you are in, you let your request be made known to Elohim. From that point on, it's in His hands, right?
From that point on, we don't have any reason to worry. From that point on, hey, nothing to worry about; everything is just fine. So, the best thing to do is not worry about tomorrow at all. In our trials, all these “what-if” scenarios pop up, which can cause more burden, more affliction, more stress than the actual trial itself.
And the anxieties don't do anything good for us brothers but only lead us to depression. And probably almost all depression has its roots source in anxiety and fear.
Proverbs 12:25 -
So, the best thing to do if you don't want to fall into depression is have faith. Have faith my son; have faith my daughter Yahweh would say. So, we take everything one day at a time which is Yahushua's advice in Matthew 6.
Matthew 6:25 - "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26 - "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Yes you are.
Matthew 6:27 - "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 - "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29 - "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:30 - "Now if Elohim so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, [will He] not much more [clothe] you, O you of little faith?
31 - "Therefore do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'
32 - "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the kingdom of Elohim and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34 - "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day [is] its own trouble.
"Yes EliYah, I've heard all these things before but for some reason I'm just getting plagued with thoughts of worry." Well, if you can't stop thinking about it, I found helpful thing you can do. Try to imagine the worst possible scenario of what might happen.
Try to imagine it and then develop a plan of how you would respond in that worst possible scenario. And accept the possibility that it may indeed happen. And then after you've done that, step back and look at the big picture. Is it really all that significant in the grand scheme of things? I mean, look at things spiritually.
You are son of Elohim on the earth! Your time here is temporary and Yahweh is using all these circumstances – whatever they might be – to bring you into a higher place; to be more like the Messiah; to bring you into a greater blessing for the age to come. That's the big picture.
And so you look at things spiritually and determine what impact it might have if it did happen. Now a lot of times, you'll realize, “you know what?
When I look at the big picture and I see that this is a temporary life on this earth; everything around me is temporary and everything that I'm going through is for one main purpose which is to refine me and make me more like the Messiah. So it's for my good, no matter what happens.
No matter what ugly has happened to me or anybody, Yahweh will turn them around and cause good to come out of it.” You'll realize at times that it's not worth worrying over and it can set you free from the fears. Instead of what might happen in this age, we need to set our focus more on “let's seek refinement; let's seek righteousness.”
Because that was the difference between Mary and Martha.
Luke 10:38 - Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
39 - And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Yahushua ' feet and heard His word.
Luke 10:40 - But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Master, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
41 - And Yahushua answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
42 - "But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
The one thing that's needed is that we sit at Yahushua's feet and hear Him speak to us. And that will build our faith. Being more concerned with the things in this age and what is going on today in the here and now, can just cause us to fall into worry. And cause us to be troubled about many things.
Romans 10:17 - So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of Elohim.
So the more we set our minds on the word of Yahweh, the more Yahweh opens our ears to the truth. The more He opens our ears to the truth, the more faith we will have and the less fear we will have. We don't have to fear the future, because our future is very bright. HalleluYah! The fourth fear we are going to talk about is:
4. Fear of Harm or Death.
This would be fears of diseases, death, evil, animals, snakes, spiders, suffocation maybe, allergies or fear of the dark. Scripture says that we are in bondage if we have a fear of death.
Hebrews 2:14 - Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15 - and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
And today it is all over the news all the time. How to stay alive just a few minutes longer or a few years longer. I'm not against having a long life and being healthy but we can venture into the ridiculous. You know, anti-aging is a big key word now a days. “Anti-aging! We have this anti-aging remedy here.”
Sorry, but nothing can work against your age. You are going to keep aging and there is no way to stop it! You are one year older than you were a year ago. You cannot stop time. For those who don't fear Elohim, time is not their friend.
But for those who do have a “holy fear” of Elohim and walk with Him, time is actually on our side and it's something to look forward to in the future. Even if we did age. Even if we did die, it's just a pathway into life and not something that we fear or dread. Just like Paul said:
It's a good thing! Hey, death is a good thing. I mean, it's not a good thing if we died, but if I live on in the flesh it'll mean fruit from my labor. He saw the advantage of living on in his flesh:
So, it's not wrong for us to desire to continue to live in this life for the benefit of others around us. I know that for myself, I would rather continue living. I mean, I have little girls that need a daddy and a wife that needs a husband and I would like to continue to minister the way that I do.
I have more work that I want to accomplish and I want to raise our little girls to be adults, who are wise women. And so, I would love to be in the golden years with my wife and minister together and spend time together.
So I want to continue to live, but really, if I was to die it would be better for me, isn't it? It may not be better for others, and that's why we would be torn between the two. Not because we are afraid of what will happen after we die. That's nothing to be afraid of if we are believers in Messiah.
So, we don't have to have an unholy, unhealthy, unwarranted fear of death. I would like to have more things that I overcome, okay? Before I die. Before I sit at the judgment seat of Messiah. There are more things that I would like to be able to overcome in my own walk.
But Yahweh's not hanging this over me all the time, the things that I haven't overcome and saying "condemnation, condemnation." No, he's looking at me, and he will bless every new step. That's the way He is. That's the way He thinks. He's willing to be patient and give us grace as we learn and we grow.
Because if He didn't act that way, He would only accept those who are perfected into his kingdom. Right? You only accept the perfect ones! Well, Messiah died for the imperfect ones. To perfect us. And yes, He only accepts the perfect ones, but it's not because of our righteousness but rather, because of what Messiah did for us.
That's the attitude I think He would want us to have according to what we read here in the Scriptures. So, if we really believe what Yahweh's word tells us. We're not held in bondage to the fear of death. And actually fear of death can cause us to deny the Messiah in some circumstances.
Fear of death can consume us and steal away our joy and steal away our peace. If we fear death and they try to kill us because we believe in Messiah, would we really uphold that or would we deny Him. Men took up stones several times to try and kill Yahushua, but he escaped from the midst of those.
Even those who tried to throw him off the cliff, somehow he escaped in the midst of them. And Paul was in the deep and shipwrecked, then stoned three times and just different things, and yet he lived. Was he afraid of death? Was Yahushua afraid of death? No! In fact, He came on the earth for that purpose.
He came on the earth to die for our sins. And he knew that His time was not yet. Many times when they tried to stone him, "my time is not yet." He had more things that Yahweh wanted him to accomplish. And He even said:
Matthew 10:23 - "When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
There is nothing wrong with doing what we can in the natural to escape death. Don't just lay there like a doormat and say "here, kill me." One time, they let Paul down in a basket over the city wall.
But if there is no evident opportunities to escape – Yahweh doesn't release you from a prison or whatever might happen, then like Messiah and His disciples, we use our death as an opportunity to testify of the Messiah and His words and his promises.
That's our goal. Now Yahushua rebuked his disciples in a situation where it might even have rocked our faith too, if we were in a similar circumstance.
Matthew 8:23 - Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
24 - And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
25 - Then His disciples came to [Him] and awoke Him, saying, "Master, save us! We are perishing!"
Matthew 8:26 -
The word that is translated fearful here has to do with cowardly. We don't want to be cowardly even in the face of danger in the flesh that we might die. He says “get up and rebuke the winds and the sea.” You know one time brothers this happened, it was only the power of Yahweh but there was this hail storm heading in our direction at our house.
And it had 4 inch hail stone balls that were falling. You're talking softball size hail and it actually busted out the skylights of the Walmart store in town. And I was watching this cell on the radar come right over us.
I don't know what it was, but that day I had faith and I walked outside looked up at the sky and said “you can not do that to us, I command you in Yahushua's name that you will not come down and harm us.” A few minutes later these hail stones came down and I looked at the hail stones and they were small and mushy like melted hail stones.
So, we don't have any reason to fear and we don't have to be afraid of tornadoes. Not to say that if a tornado is headed your way you wouldn't try and seek cover but we don't have to really fear death. We have no reason to fear death. Our life is in Yahweh's hands.
We do what we can to try and reasonably be safe in our life, but we are not going to be overtaken by this fear of death that is in the nations and the gentiles today. No reason to be. Now we might suppose that it's easier to have no fear if say Messiah is in the boat during the storm but don't you believe He's with you now?
He's in the boat – forget the boat – He's living in you! He's there! You think He didn't notice the storm and the sea? So weather you're in a boat or in your house, in your car, no matter where ever you are He dwells in you. We just can't lose sight of that. We can't lose sight of the fact that it's not we who live.
It is Messiah who lives in us.
Matthew 14:25 -
Here he is walking on top of the water. And the disciples saw Him and they're in the boat and He's walking on the sea.
Matthew 14:26 - And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
27 - But immediately Yahushua spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid."
Well what if it was an unclean spirit or something? I heard of a man one time who was really a powerful, faithful man. In this book I read, he was in bed and something woke him up in the middle of the night and he opened up his eyes and there standing in front of him was none other than Satan himself.
And he looks at him and goes “oh, it's only you.” And he rolled over and went back to sleep. “Just Satan sitting there, I'm not worried about him.” You see, Satan would want you to fear him! Satan would want you to be afraid of him and what he might do and what attacks he might place on your life.
That way he feels like Elohim. Because really, it's only Elohim that we are supposed to fear and not the enemy or circumstances. Not other things that bring torment.
Matthew 14:25 - Now in the fourth watch of the night Yahushua went to them, walking on the sea.
26 - And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
27 - But immediately Yahushua spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid."
Matthew 14:28 - And Peter answered Him and said, "Master, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."
29 - So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Yahushua.
Matthew 14:30 - But when he saw that the wind [was] boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Master, save me!"
31 - And immediately Yahushua stretched out [His] hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
As soon as he took his eyes off the Messiah. As soon as he forgot that Yahushua was standing there with him and ready to receive him. When he started to look at the wind around him, fear came. So, where are we setting our eyes today? Are our eyes set on the Messiah? On the crown and the joy that is set before us?
Or are our eyes set on the circumstances that we are in? The things that are affecting us in the natural world today? A lot of times the very things we fear, become the things that are reality. Because we're giving the enemy ground against us. We're saying to the enemy, “I'm going to give you this territory because I'm afraid of it.”
Whatever we fear, actually does happen. Even Job as righteous as he was:
Job 3:25 - For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.
We open that door to the enemy to bring about that thing which we fear. Now, the enemy is quite capable of appearing as an angel of light.
But he and his demons when they try to make their appearance to us – I had a situation years ago where I was ministering and this unbeliever said he was crossing the street and this hideous creature appeared to him and scared the daylights out of him.
He was staying in a hotel room and I was staying in a camper and he actually called me on the phone and told me about the hideous creature that appeared in front of him and he was afraid. He asked “do you mind if I stay the night in your camper?” I said, “Well sure.”
Then I explained to him that I don't have to fear the enemy like that because Yahushua dwells in me. But he still wanted to sleep with the bible next to him, even though he was an unbeliever. But the enemy can appear as an angel of light, but he also can appear as these hideous creatures to try and scare people.
So, he can get people to fear him instead. So Job, rather than focusing his attention on the enemy and what he's capable of doing, he just chose instead of even focusing on what happens around him – “Satan did this, Satan did that,” and getting mad about it and giving him credit where credit is not even due.
He says, “well, Yahweh is the one who put me in this situation, Yahweh is the captain of my life, He is the leader, He is my Elohim, He's the one who allowed these things to happen. The enemy would never have been able to do anything unless Yahweh Himself had given the green light.”
So, he looked at it as; this is what Yahweh allowed in his life. This is what Yahweh is doing. He even said In Job 13:
Job 13:15 - Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
So yes, Yahweh may allow the enemy to do things, but He is the one ultimately in control. And we don't have to fear the enemy. Sometimes I think those who are heavily involved in spiritual warfare, spend so much time trying to figure out what the enemy is doing that they can be losing sight of what Yahweh is trying to do.
Yahweh is the one ultimately in control. And we have authority over the enemy in Messiah Yahushua. We can tread down serpents, scorpions and the power of the enemy. The enemy is not the one we fear! Death is not the thing that we fear! Suffering is not something that we fear! We're called to suffer.
Now if we're sick, yea, try and figure out what the reason is; seek healing or something like that but the things we can't do we give to Yahweh. And so we take into consideration all scriptures regarding fear. Because fear is a curse that comes upon those who are not walking in obedience.
One of the reasons we're not walking in obedience can be because we fear. And remember, Yahweh told Israel. He says “you'll be cast out and given this spirit of fear because of disobedience.”
Leviticus 26:34 - Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you [are] in your enemies' land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.
35 - As long as [it] lies desolate it shall rest -- for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it.
36 - `And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues.
Leviticus 26:37 - They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues; and you shall have no [power] to stand before your enemies.
So if we've chosen to walk in repentance. If we've chosen to have faith in Messiah, don't be like these people who are afraid of a shaken leaf. We have nothing to fear. We can be bold.
Proverbs 28:1 - The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
It's the ones who have their hopes, dreams and desires wrapped up in this life that will be afraid.
Luke 21:25 - "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;
26 - "men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.
They don't have Yahweh as their shepherd. Yahweh is our shepherd.
Psalms 23:4 - Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
We have a place of refuge. We have a strong tower. We have an Elohim who is worthy of our trust.
We have no reason to fear. Have we not made the Elohim of Jacob our refuge? We need to be still and know that He is our Elohim in the very depths of our heart. He is Elohim!
Yahweh is the Elohim of our life. He is in control. Let's allow His song to be with us in the night. One of the most powerful weapons against fear is music. It drove out a distressing spirit that Saul the King had. It drove out the enemies of Jehoshaphat when he placed those who praised Yahweh on the front lines of the army.
And brothers, it can build up our faith as well. So brothers, let's pray together. Let's pray together as we speak. Father Yahweh in the name of Yahushua Hamashiach, we ask Abba Yahweh all those who are distressed with the spirit of fear, that it be cast out with the truth of your word. It will be cast out by the power of your word.
And that You would truly, Father replace that fear with faith in You and that we might meditate on Your word Father Yahweh with a willing heart to believe what you say. To trust in Your words over our own thoughts. To trust in Your words over the thoughts of the enemy. To believe You. We praise You! We praise You for Your kindness.
For calling us out of this dark world and into Your marvelous light. Help us Father Yahweh to put our trust in You. In Yahushua's name as it is written:
Psalms 125:1 - <> Those who trust in YAHWEH [Are] like Mount Zion, [Which] cannot be moved, [but] abides forever.
2 - As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So YAHWEH surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
3 - For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
The scepter of wickedness will not rest here forever brothers. One day the wicked will be purged from the land.
And the lot of the wicked will not rest on the lot of that given to the righteous. We who trust in Yahweh, shall be like Mount Zion which will not be removed but will abide in the house of Yahweh forever, surrounded by Yahweh as the mountains surround Yerushalayim.
And so if we would abide in eternal life brothers, we need to put our trust in that, and our faith in that. and believe that. Because there is no one like Him and He is the only one, truly of anyone who is worthy of our trust.
Let's remember where Yahushua is today because He trusted in Elohim and as He did in times of trouble we can focus on the Father and not on the troubles and not on the trials, but on Him. So in sadness, gladness, health, good days, Sabbath days and every day let's trust in Yahweh.
Because then His rewards will await us, and then we will see His face and we will again see all along that Yahweh – He was worthy of our trust and will always be. He tells us over and over again in His word – “do not fear!”
He is the most powerful being in the universe, so do not fear. Put you trust in Him, for He is worthy of our trust.
Isaiah 41:9 - [You] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, `You [are] My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
10 - Fear not, for I [am] with you; Be not dismayed, for I [am] your Elohim. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
Isaiah 41:11 - "Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish.
12 - You shall seek them and not find them -- Those who contended with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing.
Isaiah 41:13 - For I, YAHWEH your Elohim, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, `Fear not, I will help you.'
14 - "Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you," says YAHWEH And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 43:1 - But now, thus says YAHWEH, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called [you] by your name; You [are] Mine.
2 - When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 - For I [am] YAHWEH your Elohim, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Yeshurun means “upright one.”
And Yahushua said the words that we look to hear one day:
Luke 12:32 - "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 - "Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
Brothers and sisters, the things in this life are all temporary. There is nothing to be afraid of. We may be a “little flock,” but it's Yahweh's good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Let's put our investments in that.
Our time; our money; our energy; our thoughts; our hopes; our dreams; our expectations; our desires; our wants; our lives into the kingdom of Yahweh. Because that's the only thing that will endure forever and will not be destroyed. And then we will say:
Psalms 34:1 - <<[A Psalm] of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.>> I will bless YAHWEH at all times; His praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth.
2 - My soul shall make its boast in YAHWEH; The humble shall hear [of it] and be glad.
Psalms 34:3 - Oh, magnify YAHWEH with me, And let us exalt His name together.
4 - I sought YAHWEH, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
May the Elohim of Israel hear our prayers as we magnify Him and praise Him together. For He will hear the prayers of faith my brothers and sisters, and He will deliver us from all of our fears. May Yahweh bless you and may Yahweh truly have mercy on us all.