I’ve heard our Pastor Sharon at least once say something like, “Never act out of fear.” I believe that is one aspect of my spiritual warfare arsenal in which I am weak. I may not act out of fear, and I may. But I am weak in this area.
I found that true yesterday, and I must say that rather than committing that fear to the Lord, I lived in it a good portion of my day. It certainly is not a kin to the perfect love which drives out fear. And in my spiritual warfare, I will do well to recognize this more and more immediately for what it is.
In the first place as children of God through faith in Jesus, we need not fear. In Jesus there is no condemnation for us, and God is our Father who takes care of us. We have to hold to these truths no matter what might be screaming at us to get our attention, and end up capturing us in its net.
Spiritual warfare is about resisting the enemy and standing firm. The enemy will seek to take full advantage of those areas in which we are weak. To get us on a path in which we are not standing well in the Lord’s strength with the weapons of God on, along with prayers in the Spirit. The arrows from the enemy will inevitably come flying our way, but we need to fend them off with the shield of faith, having on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Again, along with all kinds of prayer in the Spirit.
And so I want to mark this myself, and get better and better in this area. And when seized by fear get back into the stance I need in the Lord. I am thankful for my wife, whose words God used to help me yesterday. And we are all in this together in Jesus for the world.