The Agenda of Fear
By Shari Weigerstorfer
Nehemiah 6:13 "...that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin..."
It has been said that what man can perceive, he can achieve. There is much truth in this.
When God made man, He equipped him with staggering powers of the imagination and strength of heart. He was a magnificent being. Capable of greatness. Commissioned to rule and subdue. Created complete, and equipped with all he would ever need to fulfill his destiny. All this "God given" ability was to be rooted in the assurance that God loved him, was for him, and would help him-an environment of faith.
Fear is one of Satan's favorite weapons. When a person gives into fear-the belief that something negative will prevail against them and they will be powerless against it-then Satan has secured a great achievement.
When a man chooses to act in fear, as an act of his own will, he has agreed and aligned himself with the negative belief. When that happens, Satan has turned man's "God given" powers, into weapons against himself. The very things that were to enable him to achieve great accomplishments will, instead, cause him to realize his worst fears.
Because life is full of choices, men must choose to act in faith or fear almost daily. Power is released through these choices, whether for good or ill. The ripple effect affects many. The consequences are eternal.
God is still calling man to rule and subdue. His commission has not changed, but because of choices made in the Garden of Eden, man's circumstances have. Choosing to have his eyes open to both good and evil has had an affect on his mind, imagination and courage.
All the resources of the universe are available through Christ for man to live a victorious life; the life of triumph and dominion God has envisioned him to live. Jesus bought back for him God's favor at Calvary. He again has the right to all he forfeited to Satan in the Garden.
God's frustration now is to convince man of this. Forever encouraging, God explains how to protect the mindset a man must have to prevail. The mindset he had when he was first made:
Ephesians 6:16 "... taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one."
God's passion for man is as strong today as it ever was. His commitment has never faltered or waned. He still feels the same.
But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
And through the rivers,
they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your place.
Since you are precious in My sight.
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place
and other peoples in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you."
Man, you are a warrior and a king. Created to have dominion. Designed to rule and reign. It's in your nature to do so. God's done all He could to equip you to fulfill your destiny. His favor is on you. His might is behind you. He expects you to "pass through the waters" and "walk through the fire." To live a life of great adventure. To seek out challenges. To slay dragons. That's what kings and warriors do!
What kind of life will you live? One of faith or fear? Victory or failure? You make the choice by your actions. What will the "God given" powers of your mind, imagination and strength be used for?
Choose this day, whom you will serve.
Shari Weigerstorfer is a freelance Christian writer, native to the West Coast of America. When not indulging in her passion for travel, she writes from her home in Switzerland. Other articles by Shari can be found at FaithWriters.com. If you would like to write to Shari, you can do so through the letters page of this magazine.