I know you clicked on the link wondering “I never heard of an eleventh commandment” or possibly thought “what type of nonsense is she talking about?” Whatever led you here, I’m glad you’re here!
Sooo you’d like me to cut to the chase right?lol. Well, the eleventh commandment I discovered is “Thou shalt not fear.” Yea yea yea, the bible doesn’t exactly word it that way, and I’m sure there are “perfect” bible scholars out there who are brewing something serious in their guts to spew out at me….CHILLAXXXX. Can we all just get along?
I once heard or read somewhere that the bible says “Do not fear” 365 times, which could be interpreted to mean that God wanted us to stay free of fear on a daily basis (at least in a non-leap year I guess lol). I did a little research, and it isn’t quite true; however, that phrase appears too often in the Bible. I find it very interesting that Our Father, Adonai, Papa, King, The God, spoke that particular phrase so much! Considering the number of times it appears in His written Word, it’s obvious that He knew the effect of fear on His cherished creations.
The one thing the devil capitalizes on to torment Christians is FEAR.
As I pondered on this, I began to replay scenarios in my life where fear was apparent. In that moment I recognized some truth: The one thing the devil capitalizes on to torment Christians is FEAR. That is the only weapon with which he fights us. I further realized that where there is no fear the devil and his vices perish. It’s almost like a parasite; it feeds off a specific atom/agent present in order to survive; however, when that atom/agent isn’t present in its given environment the parasite starves to death.
In the same way for us spiritually, pertaining to all that concerns us, when there is no trace of fear the devil has no choice but to starve to death. His plans become FUTILE in the absence of fear. Before we move further, what exactly is fear? We sometimes mistakenly think it’s synonymous to nervousness and anxiety.
I love this definition because it clearly refers to fear as a “faulty” emotion. It uses words like “belief” and “likely.” What fuels all of the devil’s tormenting lies is False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). Often times, the devil feeds us a faulty premise and banks on our system of belief to create a likely scenario that we in turn validate. Think about it….what do you fear the most? Has that “thing” actually happened or is it the “possibility” of its occurrence that cripples you and debilitates you from moving forward or stepping ahead?
For me it was (yes was because I no longer have that fear!) financial lack. I always thought “I have to have enough money to take care of myself and my family! I JUST HAVE TO!” But I pondered one day “have I ever not had the financial capacity to sustain myself?” NOPE never! “Has God ever said ‘I got you baby girl’ and actually not fulfilled His end of the covenant?” NOPE never! “When has God ever forsaken the righteous?” Umm…NEVER! So why, WHY should I live or function in the fear that I may not have enough financial capacity to sustain myself or my family?
In Matthew 6:37-39, Jesus assures us not to worry about tomorrow. He told us not to worry about what we will eat, drink, or wear because HE loves us so dearly that He considers us more valuable than the most beautifully adorned flower, or the most robust sparrow out there. And if He ensures that those flowers and sparrows are provided for, how much more will He ensure the same for you. I reckon that when Jesus walked/worked on earth He didn’t have a fat 401k plan He could fall back on if He didn’t have food to eat or a place to rest His head. He simply was not concerned for those things because He was certain that those needs will be met, I mean He knew God the Father would provide. John the Baptist wandered in the wilderness, THE WILDERNESS, and ole man definitely fulfilled his purpose on this earth as Jesus’ forerunner. I’m not exactly sure of how prosperous he was financially, but I can assure you he didn’t lack in supply.
God’s promise to us, sons and daughters of Abraham by Faith, is that we will not lack any good thing
Life’s not all about those fat bank accounts, towers of dollar bills, or that robust 401k plan, or the investments in securities for that matter. In fact Jesus mentioned that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth.” Meaning that life is not all about the material things or the physical things; what’s significant is the Word of God, His instructions, His promises. This showed up at least TWICE in the bible (see verses)…if that doesn’t tell us how important that Word is, I don’t know what will. Furthermore, God’s promise to us, sons and daughters of Abraham by Faith, is that we will not lack any good thing(Psalm 34:10). Upon recognizing these truths, I literally starved out the fear of financial lack from my life. When the thought tries to creep in “well how are you gonna pay for this?” I literally, LITERALLY, take time to watch the birds and assess how carefree they roam and in that moment I decide “I’m going to let God show up.” This has worked countless times. Never failed!
I’m sure you’re thinking, “soooo… how exactly do you propose I “starve this fear?” 1 John 4:18 says PERFECT LOVE casts out fear. We also often hear that “where there is faith there is no fear.” So here’s my question to you!
How are God’s perfect love and your faith working for ya? I want you to take time to really think about it. “How are they working for me?”
1. Perfect love is just that….PERFECT. That’s the love that G.O.D has for you and I. It’s so perfect that He offered up His only son to take on our sins, our faults, all our shortcomings just so He could have that personal and intimate relationship with YOU and I. There’s nothing you can do to ensure that God perfects His love for you because it’s just naturally perfect. The bible says that we love Him because He FIRST loved us. That was a choice God made waaaaay before there was even an earthly thought of your existence (Is 46:9, Jer 1:5). So if God’s love for you is already perfect how do you make it work for you? You ACCEPT IT. Simple. It’s already there for you, so all you do is receive God’s love so that it may flourish in your life. Once you accept that God loves you, why would you ever wonder if He would allow misfortune to swallow you up?
2. Faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us “without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God; whoever comes to [Him] must believe He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” That’s the fuel that feeds your belief, your trust, your hope. I once heard Joyce Meyer say “Faith is the hand that receives the blessings from God.” This position is what shows God you mean business. It activates the fruition of God’s promises in and around you. The absence of faith is doubt, which breeds fear. Ask Simon Peter about his experience on the water, he’ll tell you lol (Read story here). So how can you make faith work for you in this scenario? You must have unshaken, unwavering faith in God that He can do all things, not some, but ALL THINGS! The kind of faith that makes you think your carnally crazy, because quite frankly, that’s kinda where ya wanna be (Check our Abraham’s story in Genesis 17-21).
So the next time you notice a slight trace of fear, check on your resources. Are you accepting God’s perfect love in it’s totality? Is your faith still standing strong or is it barely leaning? If they lack, boost them up by 1. Renewing your mind through Bible study and 2. Reflecting on how God has shown His perfect love toward you.
This video inspired the birth of this post, Enjoy!
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You Lord! In Jesus name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey!