This is my recap of lesson 5 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 5.
‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 3’: Overcoming the Spirit of Fear
‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 3’: Overcoming the Spirit of Fear
For those of you who often read these blogs you will know that overcoming fear has been my biggest testimony this year and this chapter is about overcoming fear. You can read my story about overcoming fear if you click this link.
Within this lesson, Tom chooses to focus on 5 areas of fear that perhaps all if not most have knowledge about, theses are ; ‘fear of death, of man, failure, of sickness, of poverty and of God’.
Overcoming the fear of death:
I never thought of it in this way but ‘to be absent from the body is literally to be present with the Lord’ ( 2 Corinthians 5:8). When I hear the word death in relation to Christianity, I just think of rejoicing for to me I am reminded that the old me, the me who carried so much dirt is dead, I can no longer associate myself with that person. Most people when they lose a tremendous amount of weight they throw their old clothes away, for what is the point in keeping clothes that no longer suit your new body – NONE- if they do keep an item it is usually a souvenir a reminder of what they had been like, for us this souvenir is the cross. Death is like waving goodbye to the old clothes, it is waving goodbye to the cross which carries all my past present and future burdens so I no longer have to, Jesus removed the sting (fear) of death.
Oh death, where is your sting? O hades, where is your victory?1 Corinthians 15:55
I just love the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 15:55 for how sarcastic it is, its’ audacity to laugh in the face of something that once terrorised us, it is the full confidence and reassurance in Christ’s sacrifice that when he said IT IS DONE at the cross, Christ really did mean that he had completed his mission, death and hades were now buried they have no power over us anymore. The bravado we now have knowing they own nothing, their stings and their victories are now rotting at the cross.
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.Revelation 1:18
The devil no longer has access to death and hades as Jesus is the one who holds the key to life and death.
Overcoming the Fear of Man
This is when we hold man to be of greater statute than God. The contrast is to trust the Lord God.
Overcoming the fear of failure
This was something that God addressed in me, it wasn’t that I was comparing myself to others ( plus I didn’t have any social media accounts to compare to), but it was that I was comparing against where I thought I would be, either way, I was lost and had no clue where to go next ( you can read my story if you click on Link A and Link B.
Recently, I have been thinking about Abraham a lot and how God told him to leave his good life and go – to where!!?!!? would have been my first question. We tend to read about these stories in hindsight knowing what was to come for Abraham but during that moment Abraham had no clue where God was taking him in fact for the rest of his life Abraham lived as a wanderer in the land of Canaan, a traveller by today’s’ standards, Abraham wasn’t concerned about where his next meal would come from or what tomorrow would look like he just knew that God did not send him to the wilderness ( Canaan) to leave him destitute. Understanding Abraham’s situation made me reflect upon my own, God has never left me not even for a second why would he leave me now?… just having that knowledge has been a great reassurance to me. Our understanding of success and failure is very different from God’s, in our minds success for Abraham would have been Abraham being made a King in the land of Canaan and any other neighbouring nations living a very comfortable life as King… but God’s wisdom is different from our own and I am constantly being reminded of the wisdom of God found in 2 Chronicles 20, read the chapter if you ever get the opportunity to.
Overcoming the fear of sickness
When our minds are in line with God’s word our bodies begin to respond . In the booklet Tom writes down a few scriptures to meditate on so I’ll include them to this:
- “I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2)
- “I will satisfy him with long life and show him My salvation (Psalm 91:16)
- My Son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings (Proverbs 4:20)
- “Right away a man with a serious skin disease came up and knelt before Him, saying “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean”. Reaching out His hand He touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his disease was healed” (Matthew 8: 2-3)
Overcoming the fear of poverty
Call me controversial but I’ve always had the belief that poverty is a sin as that lifestyle is the opposite of the satisfaction that is provided in a Christ abundant lifestyle. Even if I were left with 2 coins in my pocket never for a moment would I think of myself to be in poverty. Take this example: A child of school going age who has no money of his own, does not walk into a shop and think himself poor he doesn’t even look at his own pockets when he enters the shop because he knows there is nothing in his pockets , this same child does not even worry for a single moment when his clothes tear and stain because he knows that there is someone behind him who will cover for his expenses ( *cough* bank of Mom and Dad *cough*). I think because I have had the luxury of being raised as an only child of two parents it was easy for me to be that child mentioned earlier and it is easier for me to just transfer this mentality straight to God, because if God is my dad will he not provide as my parent did? *sometimes it does pay to be the only child 🙂
Embracing the Fear of God
The only fear we should have, is not the fear which we have been mentioning but is the ‘worshipful reverence of all that is God’. Sometimes the message translation can be so far off what other books say but sometimes it gets to the point in a way that others don’t and it does this in Proverbs 1: 7 when trying to explain how to go about fearing God:
Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to GodProverbs 1:7 (MSG)
The first step to having this reverential fear of God is acknowledging that he is of value someone to be worshipped. I’ve written a lot more then expected so I just might finish with a song that I am listening to as I write this sentence