FEAR THE ANTITHESIS OF LOVE
Wednesday – Aug 9, 2017
Greetings and welcome back to our Bible Study from the Book of Hebrews. This Bible Study is presented by Dr. Wood and The Three Minute Word publications. Above you can see Dr. Wood (aka Daniel Boone, or dead eye Dick) preparing for target practice. Before we move to our Bible Study I again want to remind us all to pray for Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jews. Speaking of future Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jews this is what God said to Abram and says to us.
Genesis 12:2-3 (KJV)
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Except perhaps for the dullest among us we can safely conclude that it is to our advantage to bless (empower) Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jews. Now let’s move to our Bible Study and our text in the second chapter of Hebrews.
Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV)
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Our deliverance from the fear of physical and spiritual death is a deliverance from all fear. We have discussed that man sinned in the flesh (first in the mind then the physical body) as the result of the devil’s deceptive ideas. That sin led to spiritual death immediately and physical death later. Jesus took our sin (made sin in our place), was separated from God like Adam and then died physically. This could not all be done from Heaven, it had to be in the earth, and it had to be accomplished by a sinless man of the earth. That sinless flesh and blood man with a body like Adams, God in the flesh (Jesus) was able to remove the gulf, the war, between God and man. The work of Jesus allowed the Father to restore mankind and Jesus. When Jesus triumphed over sin the power of death held by the devil was destroyed and with it the fear of death.
It was never intended that Adam or their progeny would taste death of any kind. Jesus by the Eternal Spirit has paid the price that we not taste death as well. One might ask, well what is the hold up since people are dying like flies? The problem is that the Church is lazy and ignorant, therefore it is doing a terrible job of putting His enemies and our enemies (same enemies) under His and our feet, making them a footstool. Awake, arise, and triumph Church of the living God! We are to have no fear of death of any kind. If we sin, we can run to the Master and be cleansed, we do not die spiritually and get cast into hell. Soon and very soon we will be receiving our resurrection bodies. In the meantime, we should not fear physical death and it should be our choice in consultation with our Heavenly Father when it happens.
Fear has torment and literally destroys lives. I am sure you have seen people paralyzed by fear. Paralyzed perhaps in there day to day life and in their spiritual life. Fear is an oppressive spirit and it is evil and of the devil and his band of thugs. Perhaps one of the more common fears, is the fear of loss which results in all sorts of irrational behaviors. It is a fear of running out ultimately leading to death. Yesterday we looked at this fear (sin) issue in First John. I now want to go back there and expand our discussion just a tad. (Yes, I know the meaning of the word ‘tad’)
1 John 4:16-18 (KJV)
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
I want us to particularly take note of how this passage above starts. Notice the Words “we have known and believed the love that God hath to us”. Fear at its core is unbelief (lack of faith = sin). It is a lack of faith that God will keep His end of the bargain, never mind we haven’t kept ours from the day of salvation. Let me remind us all again of a critical element that we must never lose sight of and that is the definition of Bible, agape, love. First, love is a selfless attitude toward God, we must die to self in order to do the full will of God. When we subjugate our will to His the rewards are beyond astounding. Second, love is a knowledge of and adherence to the Blood Covenant. We must be willing to go to the mat for God, He went to the mat for us. Third, we are to obey the Word of God.
Think about it, if we don’t pay any attention to His Word does He have an obligation to pay any attention to our words? Short answer is ‘no’ little children. To not end up on the mat defeated we must be willing to sacrifice all at the command of God just as when Abraham took Isaac to Mount Moriah at the command of God. It may look like we are sheep being led to slaughter however if we move on His command with a singular mind He will not allow it and the victory will be immense. The Apostle John said that he had experienced the love of God, he had firsthand experience of God keeping His Word.
As I close I want us to take special note of the phrase “God is love” (1 John 4:16). It is very special to me that the number sixteen is the number of love. Twenty-three is the number of death and four is the number of anointing and creation. Without the love, anointing, and creative power of God we would be dead and stay dead. Let me ask a question, if God is love, are we love? We are made in the image and likeness of God, we are of like kind, created just a little lower than God. Brother and sister, we are love as well, let’s determine in our hearts (first in our thought life) to be love. Let us believe the love that God has toward us defeating fear and the torment that accompanies fear in our lives in all of its forms.
Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
By: Dr. David Wood, Author, Bible Teacher, and Prophetic Voice
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