In my experience, I’ve found that one “front line” weapon that the enemy deploys against Christians is fear.
In fact, I’ve come to realise that the depth of a person’s fear is equivalent to the extent to which the devil and his host can operate in his/her life. From my study in demonology, I can tell you that demons love to feed off human fear.
Fear comes in different forms, but one of its most paralysing variants is the fear of man. Proverbs 29:25 says “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
The fear of offending people, fear of being ostracised, fear of losing friendships, fear of being misrepresented, fear of being rejected by people, fear of being branded as “weird” or “radical” has kept many Christians from making any significant impact in Christianity. It has kept many Christians from serving God totally.
Satan loves using the threat of physical death to try and stop people from unmasking his lies and standing up for Jesus. The Lord Jesus too faced this threat and overcame it, and the same confronts us today.
The Bible talks of “those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Heb. 2:15). People can be so held up in the fear of death that they completely refuse to respond to God’s call in any area of Christian service. That is why Jesus admonished us:
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28)
That means our(healthy) fear for God must be far greater than any iota of fear for what man or the devil can do. God is greater and He has our lives engraved in the palm of His hands. Our walls are ever before Him. He told His people:
“Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread” (Isa. 8:12-13).
It doesn’t matter the host that are ganged up against you or the fear that tries to assail you, always look up to God and have a strong confidence that He will keep you safe.
I remember in 2012, a certain Muslim swore that he would deal with me with his curses after I exposed his bogus religion. I replied to him on that platform to in fact, circulate my name to all his clerics and his other bearded brothers so he will be convinced that even if he flies in the highest plane of that realm – via Satan – his power source, is still under my feet.
I also added that if he failed to get me down with his deprecatory “prayers,” then he must realise that his “Allah” is a fake, powerless god and Jesus Christ is real.
When I told a friend later, she was visibly afraid. “Did you pray for protection?” she asked, “No. There’s no need to pray over something that has already been settled 2,000 years ago.”
She looked at me as if I dropped from the moon. See, when Jesus died for me on the cross, He nailed every handwriting of ordinance against me to that cross and defeated Satan and his host right there. That is where my faith is in.
The depth to which your faith is in what took place at Calvary for you is the extent of your protection and exploit in Christ. By the way, I didn’t have as much as a headache all through the rest of that year.
Now, if I had entertained fear at the first instance, that a possible harm would befall me because of some Facebook threat, if a mere breeze blew in my room or I had a slight headache, it would have made my hair stand up on end and I’ll start to pray in fear – whereas the person who made the threat was just being emotional without possessing any supernatural powers at all.
Faith is a shield; it blocks the door of fear. It quenches the enemy’s flaming arrows and protects us from the sword of the wicked.
But fear opens the door wide. It makes you vulnerable to all manner of superstitions, delusion and hysteria. If you hear and read the extent to which people have become slaves to fellow humans all because of fear, you’ll realize that fear is a deadly weapon.
Satan loves causing people to dread because he knows he loses his power when his lies are confronted and exposed.
I read a book by a notable Christian author in which she said she awoke one night to hear some noise upstairs. The longer she listened to it, the more frightened she became.
Finally shaking from fear, she went upstairs to see what it was and she laughed when she found it. The noise was coming from ice cubes falling in the ice tray from the ice maker. It just happened that the way they were falling, they were making a noise they don’t normally make.
You see, ignorance and fear walk together. But once you have knowledge, especially of how great God is, fear will no longer control you.
In Doreen Irvine‘s autobiography, From Witchcraft to Christ, she said after she left the craft and began to expose them and preach the Gospel, these witches sent her several awful letters, some written in blood, warning her, “You will die if you don’t stop running down witchcraft.”
At first, she was really frightened because she knew too well as a former high priestess that black witches always carry out their threats. But courage came when she read Romans 8:38-39
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
She said she added “No witch nor satanist. No, nothing can separate me from Jesus or the truth. My Jesus was stronger than any witch or Satanist.” And that fear melted away like the wax of a candle.
The choice is ours: to keep being enslaved in fear or to stand like a warrior and look fear in the face and say, “No, I will not succumb to you, I will trust in the mighty hand of God and I will keep following Him.”
When the three Hebrew boys were made to choose between God and a fiery furnace, they chose to die for God rather than compromise and God showed up and proved Himself faithful.
Daniel could have given up at any point of his persecution, but his confidence in God was stronger than the jaws of any lion or the orders of any Babylonian king.
When David stood before Goliath, he didn’t see his height, expertise, weapons or even curses, he saw the Great and Mighty God of Israel and he brought his head down. That is the way out of the great snare, faith in God and His Word.