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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fear Cannot Coexist with Power. There are Three Forces That Help Us Overcome Our Fear,

Fear Cannot Coexist with Power: Wired for faith, Not Fear
There are three forces that help us overcome our fears.  Each force is mentioned in this Scripture: power, love and a sound mind.  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of Power, and of Love, and of a Sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7  KJV). The answer for fear is deliverance. "He delivered me from all my fears." Deliverance is instant. People rarely overcome fear gradually.  When they try to do so, they usually find themselves worse off than before.  Why do we fear? We fear because we feel powerless and helpless.  We believe that we can't change something.  As long as you have power to change some evil, then fear cannot take over. God will deliver you from the demonic spirits that have put you in bondage to fear.  When you finally recognize that you have this kind of power available to you, fear cannot stay.  Fear cannot coexist with power. The Bible says, "resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7) We have the power to resist the devil, to make him flee from us. We can heal the sick. We can call on angels for our protection. We can overcome evil with good.

Love drives out fear.  The Bible also says that we have love, and that there is a direct correlation between love and fear.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  (1 John 4:18 )  Fear and love also cannot coexist.  You have either love or fear; you cannot have both. 

This passage shows that the person who fears doubts God's love. When you know that God loves you, you know that He will help you, not harm you.  We often fear because we think we deserve punishment.  We think God is out to harm us. In reality, He is out to help us. 

Many sermons have given the false impression that God causes troubles in the believer's life.  Why do so many people believe that God would punish His children?  They believe it because they doubt God's love for them.  The punishment for our sins has already been endured at the cross.  Our sins have already been punished.  So, we should rely on God's love for us-that He will reward and bless us.

The chief area that fear seems to attack is the mind.  This is why Paul said that we must have a sound mind.  God did not create your mind to handle fear.  Your mind is not wired for fear. Stick a fork in an outlet, and you will discover that your body is not wired for electricity.  Neither is your mind wired for fear. Without courage you will never be able to win your battles.  Demons are afraid.  Isaiah prophesied, what fear would do:  "Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit" (Isaiah 24:18).  The main weapon of terrorists is fear.  The reason they use this weapon is that they are acquainted with it firsthand.  Terrorist are afraid, themselves.  They are afraid of losing their way of life.  They fear losing their power.  They fear that Christianity will wipe out their religion.  The same is true of demons.  They are spirits of fear because they are fearful.  Their presence brings fear.  Fear breeds more fear.  Demons are afraid, and they are giving you their emotions.

"You believe that there is one God, Good! Even the demons believe that and they shudder" (James 2:19)  Demons quake with fear in God's presence.  God lives in you, and demons should quake with fear when you know who you are in Christ.

The Greek word for "fear" is phobos. It gives us the word phobia. This type of fear no longer enables you to overcome or perform better but instead haunts and torments you. This fear hinders the believer from enjoying life and freezes him or her from doing the will of God. There are all kinds of phobias that hinder people from enjoying the abundant life that Jesus came to give them.  

It's time that you purpose to live fear-free.  Whenever you notice fear in your life, attack it by quoting the Word of God.  Here is a confession based on the Word of God that you can use when you face fear:

I fear not, for God has not given me the spirit of fear, but He has given me power, love and a sound mind.  I have a peaceful, quiet mind.  I have the mind of Christ.  I am not afraid, because God will provide for my children and my needs.  I am not afraid, because I have more angels with me than there are demons with the enemy.  I am not afraid, because I am worth more than sparrows.  If God is for me, who can be against me?  God is on my side.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The First Hindrance to Answered Prayer is PRAYERLESSNESS, The 2,3,4 & 5th Are:

The first hindrance to answered prayer is – ‘PRAYERLESSNESS’. Sounds simple enough, but our prayers are not answered When We Don’t Pray! Saying we believe in prayer, is not the same as Praying. James writes: “You do not have BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK” (4:2). As simplistic as it sounds, we must learn to take the time out and Ask God. Why? Because the Bibles says, “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”  (Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV). Sometimes we process situations in our minds, or talk about them with our friends, or wish, or hope, But We Don’t Pray! Thinking, wishing, hoping, and talking with others, Is Not Prayer; Only Prayer—Is Prayer!  
The second hindrance to answered prayer is – ‘LACK OF CONFIDENCE’! “Let us then approach the throne of grace WITH CONFIDENCE.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV) When we understand that as God’s redeemed children we have the Right to approach Him at any time, we are able to overcome the enemy’s attempts to make us feel condemned. As a result we become Confident in approaching Him.
The third hindrance to answered prayer is – ‘SIN’! “If I regard INIQUITY in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18.
The fourth hindrance to answered prayer is – “PRAYING OUTSIDE OF GOD’S WILL”. The Bible says: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us and… we know… that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV). One of the best ways to make sure we are praying according to God’s Will is to pray according to His Word. Use a verse, a passage or a principle from Scripture to back up what you’re praying, for God says, “…I am ready to perform MY WORD” (Jeremiah 1:12 NKJV).
The fifth hindrance to answered prayer is – “WRONG MOTIVES”! “You do not receive, because you ask with WRONG MOTIVES.” (James 4:3 NIV).
Lastly, God longs to be “BELIEVED”! The Bible says: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him MUST BELIEVE that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ) Faith is a Powerful Spiritual Force. It’s the thing God Responds to.

J.P. Olson

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