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There is a virus of fear running through the body of Christ now that needs to be confronted and blasted

By: Hillary Lukudu D. Yatta

Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. F.E.A.R. is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. There’s no true threat of immediate physical danger, no threat of a loss of someone or something dear to us, actually nothing there at all. Fear is an illusion. Something we fabricate in our own minds and pretend is real. It’s a fairy tale we tell ourselves that keeps us from doing what we really want. Fear is an emotional response to an actual threat, and it’s a fundamental survival mechanism that’s served us well throughout human history. When you’re in immediate danger, fear tells you to get yourself to someplace safer.

The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. The second type is a detriment and is to be overcome. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. This type of fear does not necessarily mean to be afraid of something. Rather, it is a reverential awe of God; a reverence for His power and glory. However, it is also a proper respect for His wrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a total acknowledgement of all, that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes.

Fear of the Lord brings with it many blessings and benefits. It is the beginning of wisdom and leads to good understanding (Psalm 111:10). Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7). Furthermore, fear of the Lord leads to life, rest, peace, and contentment (Proverbs 19:23). It is the fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27) and provides a security and a place of safety for us (Proverbs 14:26).

Thus, one can see how fearing God should be encouraged. However, the second type of fear mentioned in the Bible is not beneficial at all. This is the “spirit of fear” mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). A spirit of fearfulness and timidity does not come from God.

However, sometimes we are afraid, sometimes this “spirit of fear” overcomes us, and to overcome it we need to trust in and love God completely. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). No one is perfect, and God knows this. That is why He has liberally sprinkled encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. Beginning in the book of Genesis and continuing throughout the book of Revelation, God reminds us to “Fear not.”

For example, Isaiah 41:10 encourages us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Often we fear the future and what will become of us. But Jesus reminds us that God cares for the birds of the air, so how much more will He provide for His children? “So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). Just these few verses cover many different types of fear. God tells us not to be afraid of being alone, of being too weak, of not being heard, and of lacking physical necessities. These admonishments continue throughout the Bible, covering the many different aspects of the “spirit of fear.”

Genesis 15:1 (Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your reward). Fear keeps us to not utilize God’s power-(Dt. 1:22). God gives us the power to overcome our obstacles. Let us not let difficulties control our lives. God said to Joshua be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:5-6). Fear evaporates when we trust God (1 Samuel 14:6). Nehemiah was not ashamed to admit his fear, but he refused to allow fear to stop him doing what God had called him to do. When we allow our fears to rule us, we make fear more powerful than God. Is there a task God wants you to do, but fear is holding you back? 

There are all sorts of fears that are hovering around the church killing boldness. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of the future. Fear of retirement, fear of debt, fear of sickness. Fear of death, fear of demons, and fear of being misunderstood. Fear of Confronting the leadership especially those practicing evil, fear of marriage, fear of full time ministry. Fear of being hurt again, fear of going out of the comfort zone, fear of women/men, fear of other races/tribes, fear of fighting and fear of other religions etc.

Fear has power to affect/undermine our ministry. Fear sickens, Fear scatters, fear dislocates, fear depresses. Fear militarises, fear disconnects, fear scatters, fear humiliates. Fear disorganises, fear disconnects, fear dehumanises.  Fear demonises, fear dis-ages, fear disables, fear destroys.  Fear is an enemy of faith; fear is the enemy of boldness.

We need boldness to counteract fear. The Bible says “fear” not 365 times. Real Disciples are instruments of change.Jer.51:20-23. Real Disciples are eye openers, Isa. 49:2-6. Real Disciples shape people Matt. 28:16-20. Real Disciples are lights of the society. Matt. 5:12-15.  Real Disciples are shepherds not butchers, Ezek. 34. Real Disciples are ambassadors of Holiness, love and compassion 1Pet.2 : 9, 5:1-11. Real Disciples are the heads of the church { eyes-see, ears-hear, mouth-talk, nose-smell, tongue-test, brain-think}. Real disciples are free through the cross of Jesus. Col .2:15

Freedom from Satan Col 2:15. Freedom from past sins John 8:36, Freedom from present sins Rom 6:14, Freedom from sickness Matt. 8:17, Isa. 53:4, Freedom from the Curse Gal. 3:13, Freedom from judgement Heb. 9:26, Rom 8:1, Freedom from everlasting death/hell John 3:16. When the son of God sets you free you are free indeed. John. 8:33.

Areas where we need boldness

Boldness to repent, boldness to confront evil, boldness to confront sin (addictions, corruption, violence, injustice, racism and tribalism).  Boldness to confront wicked leaders, boldness to evangelise. Boldness to confront poverty, boldness to forgive, boldness to plant churches. Boldness to do restitution, boldness to show justice. Boldness to live in holiness, boldness to use spiritual gifts. Boldness to innovate, boldness to evangelise and disciple boldness to show compassion, boldness to mentor, boldness to pray, boldness to fight opposition, boldness for ministry. If we observe the moral law and become righteous, we become as bold as a lion prov.28:1, 23:23.

For every Pharaoh there is a Moses. For every Goliath there is a David. For every Jezebel there is an Elijah/Jehu. For every Nebuchadnezzar there is a Daniel/Shedruck. For every Harman there is an Esther. For every Tobias/Senabalt there is a Nehemiah. For every Herod there is a John the Baptist. For every Devil there is a cross. For every problem there is the Bible.

In Psalm 56:11 the psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” This is an awesome testimony to the power of trusting in God. Regardless of what happens, the psalmist will trust in God because he knows and understands the power of God. The key to overcoming fear, then, is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting Him to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good. As Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in the Bible, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 NKJV).

Once we have learned to put our trust in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us. We will be like the psalmist who said with confidence “…let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11). Reference to statement made by the Auxiliary Bishop of Juba “ no peace while people still in UN camps (Juba Monitor, Tuesday, August 5th, 2014: Vol. 4 Issue No. 157).

There is a virus of fear running through the body of Christ now that needs to be confronted and blasted. Majority of leaders whether in the government or church compromise their principles, values, character and norms because of fear. Very few people confront wicked leaders without fear. The scripture says, Christians need to speak the truth because the truth will set them free.  “The youth are confused, the old are frustrated, the rich are bored, the poor are depressed, the teenagers are angry, Christians are burn out, intellectuals are dissolution, scientists are perplexed, religious people are redundant, everybody is sick due to lack of destiny (Dr. Myles Munroe)”. People are not willing to face reality. We only live on the blaming game. People do not practice what they teach or preach. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisees! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Whenever you speak the truth, you are automatically threaten either by losing your job, your position, privileges or you are categorized as an enemy. Jesus was considered an enemy by the religious leaders because he was speaking the truth without compromise. Likewise, Martin Luther the reformer said “unless I am convinced by the scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the word of God”. Such leaders left a legacy that will never be forgotten because they have characters, integrity, and principles. True leaders do not blame others but they accept responsibility. There is distrust of leadership and authority, lawlessness, compromise. “For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things (Isaiah 59:3)”.  The people of South Sudan need a leader with integrity, respect, a person who speaks the truth and a person who can be trusted. A leader who is blameless and trustworthy.  They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good (Titus 1:16).

In conclusion, as true and committed Christians let us confront and blast the virus call fear that is destroying the church. The apostles of Christ were not cowards but they were courageous, determined, focused and willing to sacrifice. For example, Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit and faith. He delivered a speech before the council that moved the people without fear. Stephen’s faith did not prevent his stoning, but gave him courage in the faith of trial and from Stephen’s dead, the church growth.  The followers (Christians) of Jesus Christ today fear to confront their leaders who are practicing evil. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this is the time to be right with God not to be nice with man. Please remember your calling (1 COR 1:26). 

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