Open Heaven Daily Devotional
Monday April 14, 2014
Memorise: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again
to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we
cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15
Read: Isaiah 41:10-14
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am
thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11
Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be
ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they
that strive with thee shall perish. 12 Thou shalt seek them, and
shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they
that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of
nought. 13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 14 Fear not, thou
worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the
LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
The scripture is replete with statements of “fear not” from God
to His people. Fear is one tool the enemy finds most useful in
his hands in making the children of God suffer failure, pain and
destruction of destiny. Often times, what people are afraid of is
not real, but their minds paint an imaginary picture of the
object or situation out of proportion and the enemy helps to
blow it up. Thus people fear what they should not be afraid of.
On the other hand, there are some situations that are truly
terrifying from a human perspective. Regarding such situations,
the Lord our God still tells us not to be afraid. He expects us to
know that with Him behind us and for us, no person, situation
or thing can have us at its mercy. This is why in Isaiah 41:10 He
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Fear is an enemy; it paralyses the potential meant to be
deployed for activities that lead to greatness. The Bible says fear
has torment (1 John 4:18). Fear makes its victim disobedient to
God. It deceives its victim into magnifying a challenging
situation above God. Such was the case of King Saul who
confessed that he had sinned because he feared the people and
obeyed their voice against the instruction of God (1 Samuel
15:24). Being fearful is a sin that can lead to an eternity in the
Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). “But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and
sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in
the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the
second death.” Of all the listed sins above, being fearful is
number one on the list. You have no business being fearful.
Jesus our Lord is greater than any human being no matter his
status. He is greater than any witch or wizard; Satan their master
is no match for Him. In fact, Colossians 2:10 says Jesus is the
head of all principalities and powers. Isaiah 8:12-13 says we
should not fear any gang-up against us, rather, God alone
should be feared. Once we fear God, we would have no one else
to fear.
Action Point Confront anything, person or situation tending to
make you afraid in the Name of Jesus. Command the spirit of
fear to depart from you in Jesus’ Name.



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