Faith vs. Fear
The enemy is attacking the Kingdom of God and his weapon of choice is fear. With recent attacks upon churches like vandalism, church fires, and now massacres in the church. I need to remind you to stay vigilant because this is not a new tactic that the enemy has deployed. The church has been under attack beginning with the crucifixion of Jesus and the persecution that began soon thereafter.
The disciples ran into hiding fearing death, Christians were persecuted during the reign of Nero, and Christians to this day are persecuted in certain Muslim controlled nations simply based upon the confession of their faith. Notice this, after thousands of years of being persecuted Christians still proudly proclaim their faith in a risen savior unto this day.
The bible declares in Matthew 11:12, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”
The violent are the ones who constantly find ways to form weapons and attack the people of God. A biblical example is Herod and those who worked with him to imprison John the Baptist and ultimately violently beheaded him. Their attack was easly seen since it was common knowledge based upon John’s strong public rebuke of Herod. However, the enemy that the church faces in today’s society is cunning and often fights from within the ranks while pretending to be Holy.
Paul spoke of them in his second letter to Timothy the third chapter verses five through seven where he says this:
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Be careful of these people, because they know how to look like you, dress like you, and sound like you all the while they have an inward desire to cause confusion, division and create fear among the brethren. There is at least on in every community, in every family, in every church, and on every ministry. They know that FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) creates doubt of what God has said, resulting in faith paralysis, which is the inability to move forward because of what others may say or the possibility of failure, hurt, or pain. Will you choose to have faith or fear?
Refuse to allow your faith in God become paralyzed by the actions, words, or deeds of those who seek to destroy in order to keep you from fulfilling your purpose. What God has ordained may be hindered but it CAN NOT be blocked or stopped by the enemy. Remember this and be encouraged child of God, Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
~Pastor Walter Robertson, III