The Prophetic Messenger

A Newsletter From Mysteries From The Word Of God Ministries
March/April 2002 - Volume 4/Issue 2

For God Has Not Given Us The Spirit Of Fear

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7

This article encourages Christians to not fear and shows how to walk in victory in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1. What is the spirit of Fear?

The Bible shows that fear is an evil spirit or demon. (For more information see the November/December 2001 edition of Prophetic Messenger newsletter titled "Demon Possession"). In II Timothy 1:7 it says "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." In I John 4:18 it says "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." We see from this scripture that the spirit of fear torments people. This is from the devil or satan. Jesus said in John 10:10 "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." When you are afraid or gripped by the spirit of fear you cannot believe Jesus Christ for the victory in any situation. I Samuel 15 shows how king Saul feared the people and because of his fear he disobeyed God and lost his soul. In I Samuel 15:1-24 it says "1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. 6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. 10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. 12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. 14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? 18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice." In I Chronicles 10:13 it says "So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;"

The Bible shows another example of fear and what it does when Jesus was walking on water and Peter asked to come on the water. In Matthew 14:25-31 it says "25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" We see how Peter's fear caused him to doubt and lose his faith and when this happened he began to sink in the water.

2. Satan is using the spirit of fear to bring in his false kingdom

a) The one world religion
After September 11, 2001, satan's church, the great whore, has been busy bringing all the religions together to establish a one world religion. From Yankee stadium where many religions came together to pray, to President Bush and the pope John Paul II, these all are being used by satan to bring all religions together. A recent newspaper article was titled "Leaders From World's Religions Gather With Pope, Pray For Peace," sub-titled "Representatives Of Faiths From Christianity To Zoroastrianism Meet For A One-Day Retreat In Italy"(see Note1). This article states

"Assisi, Italy -Leaders of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and the world's other major faiths joined Pope John Paul II on Thursday to pray for peace and condemn 'every recourse to violence and war in the name of God or religion.' The solemn, daylong retreat called by the pope to address last year's terrorist attack on the United States and its aftermath brought together about 200 leaders of 12 religions for what is thought to have been the most broadly representative encounter of its kind.........Along with about 50 Vatican and Catholic VIPs came an equal number of other Christian delegates. More than 100 non-Christians came----Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Shintoists, Confucianists, Zoroastrians and Jainists, African animists and leaders of the Tenrikyo faithhealing sect."

(For more information see the July/August 2000 newsletter titled "The One World Religion Is Here").

b) The mark of the beast technology
After September 11, 2001, the fear over security is being used to take people's freedoms away all over the world. Before the terrorist attack on the United States there was a push for a national ID card but the American people did not want it. After the terrorist attack, the American people still do not want a national ID card, but the US government is pushing for one anyway. This national ID card with face-recognition cameras and other devices will be used to track the American people's every move. (For more information see the January/February 2001 newsletter titled "How Technology Is Being Used To Bring In The Mark Of The Beast").

3. How do we get victory over fear?

In I John 4:18 it says "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." We see from this scripture that perfect love, which comes from Jesus Christ., casteth out fear. David said in Psalm 34:4 "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." We see the apostles, full of the Holy Ghost, speak boldly to those who persecuted them. In Acts 5:28-29, 40-41 it says "28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name." We see that before the day of Pentecost the apostles were afraid and fearful when Jesus Christ was betrayed. But after being baptized in the Holy Ghost these same apostles had victory over their fears and were rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus Christ. (For more information on the baptism in the Holy Ghost see the March/April 2001 newsletter titled "Why The Church Has No Power").

In closing, through the baptism in the Holy Ghost and by being rooted in the Word of God we can have victory over the spirit of fear.

Note 1: The Oregonian Newspaper, Section A11 International, Friday, January 25, 2002

Coming Up In The Next Issue

What Is Love? Read this article in the next issue of The Prophetic Messenger.

Memory Verses

As Christians if we want to live in victory and if we want to be able to share the Word Of God with others we must know the Word of God ourselves. Let's see what the Bible says about this. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11. " If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." John 8:31. We encourage you to put the following scriptures in your heart: Jeremiah 17:7, Acts 15:14, Psalm 107:20, II Peter 1:21, Isaiah 54:14, Romans 11:19, Proverbs 11:2, I Thessalonians 3:8, Proverbs 30:5 Hebrews 6:12. Use only the Old King James version of the Holy Bible. (If you have any questions about this please see the book New Age Bible Versions, by G.A. Riplinger ©1993, ISBN 0-9635845-0-2.)

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