This is what the Lord spoke to me this morning:
Wisdom never comes from a place of fear of this world.
“See the disciples were of little faith or maybe better understood as little trust when they feared the storm and feared for their safety. What was of greatest importance was the fact that Jesus was in their boat. This is when I understood that the boat was the perfect example of our heart. What I was beginning to understand is nothing in this world threatens us, as believers (faith in, trust in) in Christ. This is how I knew Christians could walk into the Colosseum and face such horrible things. They lived from a particular place that I wanted to understand and God was helping me to understand.” We All Have Our Storms
Nothing shall separate us from the love of God. As Paul said during the times where Christians were facing those horrible things walking into the Colosseum:
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NASB
Is Christ in your boat…then even death will not separate us from the love of God. I do not fear death…do I want to die…no, not yet. But I do not fear it. It does not mean I may not have feelings of fear about it.
It does mean that I get up and move, live and will face whatever I must face despite this fear.
This is what the body of believers is for, to help one another get back up and help each other face what we have in our lives, these storms. And this is coming from someone who remembers fearing death at the age of 4 or 5. I can still remember asking my father what happened when we died. I don’t remember what triggered the question. But I remember feeling fear. I remember the question and I remember the answer. As I have grown I have learned we shouldn’t be surprised when “bad things” occur here on earth. Jesus never said this was going to be a rose garden; he did say there would be famines, rumors of wars:
“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.” Mark 13:7 NASB
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.” Mark 13:8 NKJV
Yet, even Job spoke of our redeemer in the future:
“In famine He shall redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword.” Job 5:20 NKJV
Death does not hold us. We will live eternally. This is the hope we hold to. I feel as though the church, as of late, has not spoken of death. It is like a moot subject. It is all about life but not the true life (More on this subject in my book, Time to Really Live Free). It has become all about healing and living in favor right now. But when the church fails to talk about the fact of death it does a disservice not only to the body of Christ; but to the world. See hope is in eternal life. Hope is always looking forward in time. We have hope in eternal life:
“so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7 NASB
Now I am not here advocating not praying for healing. What I am here talking about is looking all the way forward and resting in knowing that our hope is in eternal life which gives us rest in the moment we are living in. As we remember this, we all need reminding….God reminded me this morning, again; we are better able to live in life right now and know we live in life even after we die. For the second death will not harm us as we remain in faith (Revelation 2:11). This is good news.
I know many hear things on the news, etc. What is Holy Spirit saying to you during this time? Love to everyone, prayers, and like the Christians of old said:
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”-Paul’s letter to the Romans
(Romans 1:7 NASB)
Question from a reader answered: “When does fear masquerade as wisdom?”
Simply when we fear things of the world more than we believe God and what he says is true. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and wisdom. Psalm 111:10. This is such a great question and I am going to put four words below which I think will help explain. First fear in Hebrew regarding the scripture in Psalms:
3374 yirah fear of God, reverence, piety
Then the Greek:
5401 phóbos noun panic flight, fear, the causing of fear, terror; (from phebomai, “to flee, withdraw”) – fear (from Homer about 900 bc on) 5401 (phóbos) meant withdrawal, fleeing because feeling inadequate (without sufficient resources, Abbott-Smith).
4678 sophía noun wisdom, insight, skill (human or divine), intelligence; (cf. saphēs, “clear”) – wisdom (properly, “clarity”)
1411 dýnamis (from 1410 /dýnamai, “able, having ability“) – properly, “abilityto perform” (L-N); for the believer, power to achieve by applying the Lord’s inherent abilities. “Power through God’s ability“
“For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”1 Corinthians 1:22-25 NASB
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”” Romans 8:15 NASB
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18 NASB)
“Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.” Acts 6:3 NASB
This isn’t so much about what you do or don’t do. But where your rest comes from. We, as believers, should not fear not being enough for God (Romans 8:15) while we know we are able to walk in wisdom, clarity and intelligence through all of this (Acts 6:3). Fully knowing we are safe for eternity. Maybe right now doesn’t look so safe and yet we live for our hope of eternal life also. Listen to the Holy Spirit because there is wisdom, love, peace there. When you fear the storm more than God is when fear masquerades as wisdom. This means you look at the storm and say it is bigger than God and that isn’t true. This doesn’t mean we won’t experience the “feeling of fear”, No.
What it does mean is that we learn to rest in God and trust him despite the fear.
Our fear or reverence should be applied to God alone. In all times use clear judgement and the Holy Spirit to guide you. He is there for you all the time. Much love, grace and peace to you.