Jesus said, “Peace I give to you, not as the world gives peace. Let not your heart be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Last week we began a short study on the subject of “Overcoming Fear,” so let’s continue on this week and allow God to bring His illumination that has the power to stop fear from ruling over our mind and emotions. Once again, we need to go to the authority on the subject of fear, and that is the Word of God.
QUESTION? Who can you name in scripture that showed the first emotion of fear?
If you said “Adam,” you are correct. When Adam sinned, he realized for the first time that he and Eve were naked, and with that realization came the emotion of fear. It was the very first negative emotion that He had ever experienced, and what did he attempt to do? He attempted to cover his nakedness with fig leaves and then hide from God, fearful that God would punish him for his disobedience. It didn’t work for Adam and it will never work for anyone else. What we see in this short revelation is this: Unforgiven sin or believing that God is punishing us for sin is the root of all fear.
But God, being rich in mercy went to Adam and Eve and dealt with their sin by slaying an innocent animal. Why? Lev. 17:11 tells us why. “The life of the creature is in the blood.” Adam and Eve no longer had God’s perfect DNA pouring through their viens, so for the next five thousand years He allowed the blood of sacrificed animals to cover the sins of man. Get the picture, covering sin was not enough, it had to be removed. Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, did exactly that at the Cross. The Cross changed everything, for the powerful blood of Jesus not only destroyed sin, but it completely and forever eradicated sin. Sin is no longer the barrier between God and Christians. God confirmed this truth through a messenger sent to announce the birth of Jesus. The angel proclaimed, “Peace on earth and good will toward men with whom He is well pleased” (Luke 2-14). Let’s be clear, the Father is pleased with those who have received His Son as Lord. He still loves every lost sinner, but with them He is not pleased.
Dear Reader, God wants us to understand that unforgiven sin, or believing deep down in our hearts that God is not pleased with us is the “Root” of all fear. He also wants us to understand that Jesus destroyed the root (curse) when He died on the Cross and rose again from the grave. Triumphantly we can proclaim, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8-1). Satan wants us to believe that God is not pleased with us; that He still deals with us according to our works and our sins as He often did under the Old Covenant, but that is grevious error. Our Father put His entire wrath on Jesus, not part but all, and now He calls to us to come boldly into His throne room of grace and mercy. That was not an invitation given to the Old Testament Saints. That invitation was extended after the Cross and to His born-again Church. If He still dealt with us according to our works and sins, that invitation would not stand, and no one would ever be worthy of entering into His marvelous presence. We have been saved by grace and held by grace, knowing that our sins are forgiven, past, present, and future. In His presence there is no fear, no worry, no anxiety, and no depression. Receive now His invitation and go with great confidence into His presence.
I encourage you to re-read the first teaching on the subject of fear and meditate on the power of His blood so that you can receive this truth:
“He will keep those in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Him” (Is. 26:3).