Understanding the Times: Part 5- Casting Down Fear

“Love never fails.” (1 Cor 13:8)

I love that truth. Such beauty and passion and warmth and power in it.

So why do I contend with it?

“But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:8-15)

The days are upon us where we are being called upon by the Hand of God to truly examine what we are believing. One of the reasons so many children of God are perplexed and confused is that those of us who are called to be amongst the body as elders are not in agreement with the mind, will, heart and timing of God. This may sound a bit odd, but it is easy enough to understand why this is happening. It is cited in the verse above.

“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part..”

We are all called to enter into deep, wonderful rest in our relationship with our God and Savior. The One who calls us “Friend” has nothing better to do than just sit and talk with us. Sound odd? Think on a verse, or passage or context where anything about this whole entire journey is aimed at anything other than Jesus working out all things in order to get us back at the Father’s table.

“The Great Rescue” I have heard it articulated as. Nothing truer could be stated. It was enacted the moment God spoke to Adam about his rebellion, and it has been unfolding ever since and we are in the final acts of this Great Rescue.

As we continue to spend time with Him and touch His heart, the things that oppose His word begin to come to light. Ultimately those false beliefs are meant to be cast down and despised.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesian 6:13

When Paul wrote about taking up the armor of God he was not telling us to quote Ephesians 6:13… quoting out loud that you have taken up the shield of faith does NOT mean you have in fact done that.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (1 Cor 10:5)

Ephesians 6:13  tells you what to do.

2 Cor 10:5 tells you how to do it!

We do this by, well… doing it. The shield of faith is the shield of our beliefs. Remember the word “faith” means “to believe.” What we believe will either be the truth of God.. or the lies of the carnal mind, which is ruled by satan.

We quote Ephesians 6:13 in order to remind ourselves to perform 2 Cor 10:5

Putting on the armor of God and walking in agreement to His word on any and all subjects, is performed in obedience to doing what 2 Cor 10:5 states, not by quoting to yourself Ephesians 6:13.

Here is the problem. Once we have begun to do this, it is very easy for us to begin to drift from this principle of living IN Him. The most dangerous person in the body of Christ is the one who knows the truth, has walked the truth.. and then begins to drift from it. These mature believers have God-given place to speak into the lives of younger, less understanding members of the body. This is causing much damage and confusion in this hour.

Let me reiterate a principle of God’s nature. God is love. Love takes on many forms in different seasons. Mercy is love. Gifts are love. Discipline and pruning is love. Judgement is love.

Love toward sin?? No. It is His love, His goodness, that draws us away from the self destructive effects of sin.

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. (Hos 8:7)

“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Gal 6:8)

What you invest time, energy, and agreement in thinking will produce a harvest. That harvest will be the fulfillment of the nature of that seed. The choice is ours.

So having said that, if we lean upon the Lord, there is peace. Our minds are to be stayed on our relationship with Him and ultimately on His heart, His voice and simply getting to know him.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Phil 4:8)

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.” (Isa 26:3)

Brothers and sisters, do not be alarmed to the point of fear. Perfect love casts out all fear the word says ( 1 John 4:18) The Greek word for “perfect is: (a) complete in all its parts, (b) full grown, of full age, (c) specially of the completeness of Christian character.

Are there troubling times of pruning and some severe events upon us? Yes, I believe so with all my heart. Has the Lord spoken to me about His pruning and discipline that is coming and already upon his beloved Church? Yes indeed.

Am I afraid? Nope. Not at all. Not one bit.

And so here we come full circle. Those who meditate on God’s love may go to an excess and say that Love means there is no severity.. no extreme measure in which He is willing to take to shake us from our worldly, carnal minded outlook. This is not found in practice in scripture.

Every single second you read this… His children are dying and placing themselves in hell by rejecting the gift of salvation. Every second. Hell. How much.. in his Love.. is He willing to do to get us back on track to living as Children of God, spotless and with pure hearts (not perfect, but pure in our desire) seeking to walk with Him and rescue His lost children?

There is no place for fear. Fear may come in the form of denouncing judgment or any major “event.” Or… it may come in the form of believing such things will transpire and not understanding that our Dad in heaven is a loving good Dad that cares intensely for us.

God does not kill. God judges. That dispensation is coming. The Lord, now, in His holiness, and love, is disciplining the sin of His church. This judgement comes in the form of His hand of protection lifting. When it lifts, Satan comes in to rob, steal and destroy. 

There is so much grace in this process.. so much. And, for those who are in alignment with His heart already, that means there is covenant protection and rest. Do not be so concerned about some of the “contradictions” from different voices. Look to Him. Enjoy Him. Seek Him. Do so in Love. Do so in peace. Do so in Joy.

The same Shepherd of Psalm 91 in the old covenant is inside you. Rest in His love.

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:2

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Rev 3:20

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the lilies.” Song 6:3

“I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.” Song 7:10

Children of God. My beloved brothers and sisters… He has called you into His hidden chambers. You are complete. You are loved. You are the apple of His eye. Stopping being so afraid. Stop striving. This life is but a vapor. Do not fear the calamity that is around and coming upon us in this hour. Do not fear those who may not perceive the times. Love them. Bear witness to them of God’s goodness. Draw them in with tender kindness. Rest in knowing what it means to be the righteousness of Christ. Find out what it means to enter into His “Sabbath rest.”

Grow in understanding of His heart. Live out 2 Cor 10:5 every moment.

And then…

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matt 10:8)

We can only give what we have. What do we have these days, a spirit of fear or a revelation of God’s love? We are called to understand the times we live in. The greater the calamity the greater the release of God’s power and love to purify His Church and redeem the lost. It is time to take a serious inventory and locate our minds, our hearts and our beliefs. What are we meditating on? Are we focused on God’s redemptive plan.. or are we focused on our own fear-based preservation. We are called to lay down our lives for our brother. We are not called to hide under a rock. We are the salt and light of the world. Are we searching for that “safe place” to hide that light? 

We are the sons of God. We are meant to be the manifest presence of the kingdom of heaven upon earth. We are the generation that the enemy fears rising up, lest we take our place in the kingdom. Let those clothed in the putrid stench of Satan’s deception see the glory of the One who died for us all. The one thrown out of heaven has mocked the Savior of our souls. 

Shall we not go up and rescue them? Shall we not rise up amidst the storms and trials and judgments sent upon the sin of this world and snatch our lost family out of hell’s grip?

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (LK 2:11).

Go rescue His lost children…just as someone rescued you.

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