is your fear an idol?
Well, is it?
“What constitutes an idol,” you ask?
Anything exalted above God is an idol. Read this:
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
If you embrace fear, you have a stronghold. You treat the things you fear as untouchable by the power of God. You ask God to submit to your fear, because you hold it in higher regard than Him.
Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? We know that the name of Jesus has supremacy, and everything that ever has been, is now, or ever will be must submit to the authority of Jesus Christ the Lord! (See Eph. 1:21-22 and Col. 1:15-18) So why do you entertain something in your mind and empower it with a fear focus?
There are many accounts in the Old Testament of God’s people setting up idols for worship. (Truth be told, to entertain fear is to worship fear.) There’s that same language noted in the 2 Corinthians verses above: “every pretension that sets itself up…”
You’re probably wondering how it got set up in your mind. It was never your intent to be a worshiper of anything or anyone else other than God Almighty. But know that the enemy, Lucifer, has access to your thoughts, and he planted the lie. He comes masquerading as goodness, tempting you with a doubt or fear by insinuating a healthy concern for a topic so that you can prepare yourself responsibly. “After all,” you think, “Look what happened to so-and-so, and it’s such a bad problem that it’s all over the news.” The next thing you know, you’re talking about it, scheming how you will act to prevent it, worrying, dreaming…. creating a prison for yourself. It’s called a stronghold. And your enemy is patient. He knows it’s only a matter of time before your arrive at that place once he plants the seed of doubt in your mind.
Whew! That was exhausting! I do not like to focus on the enemy’s tactics. He’s a defeated foe because of Christ’s completed work of redemption through the Cross and His resurrection from death.
Let’s get to the demolishing of the fear idols in our lives! In the Old Testament, many leaders who sought to restore Israel’s worship of the One True God would go throughout the kingdom and tear down the idols. Again, that’s the same language we read in the 2 Corinthians scripture above. Demolish, tear down. Do you want to tear down the fear idols that have exalted themselves above the knowledge of God? Do like the faithful leaders of old and visit each high place and tear it down.
You have a weapon of divine power to tear down the fear idols.
For each fear that you encounter, apply the truth of God’s eternal Word. Yes, dismantle each fear built on shaky foundations of lies by speaking the truth of God’s Word. If you are unsure of where to locate these truths, look in the back of your Bible. There may even be a section entitled, “What God’s Word Says About…” The concordance will also direct you to scriptures when you look up a topic word. Google it, for goodness sake! But know that truth is the antidote.
Friend, I write passionately about this topic because I have seen the effectiveness of the enemy’s power to deceive God’s people. There are many people who believe in Jesus Christ but do not believe His words. It’s an irony, I know. But, I do not want you counted among the casualties of spiritual warfare. Apply the 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, scripture in your life. Allow the Word to be alive and active in you right now as you visit all the wrongfully established high places and tear down the fears.
The love of God demonstrated in Jesus Christ sets you free so that you can live free. Choose today to live free from fear.
Check out my next post on Thursday- “Consume.”