In my Thanksgiving Day message, I alluded to the problem that Christians and political conservatives have with negativism and fear. This is a serious problem and it effects us on all levels, spirit, soul and body.
Of greatest importance is the fact that fear is a spiritual force. Fear comes against us with pressures calculated to turn our spirit mechanism that God designed for faith, away from trusting in God and expecting in the promises of His word. Fear is actually perverted faith. Fear is faith in evil instead of good; faith in death instead of life; faith in Satan’s threats instead of God’s promises. Fear expects an evil outcome, then starts to speak it, then starts to plan for it.
The Bible says that faith is the substance of things hoped for (Heb 11:1). So what do you suppose fear is giving substance to? The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). So who do you suppose fear is pleasing? Jesus said to the woman healed of the issue of blood, “thy faith hath made thee whole” (Matt 9:22). So what do you suppose our fear is doing to us?
Once fear gets a grip, it will start to effect the thought process in your soul. If you’re in fear, it means you’ve already been taken out of faith. If you’re outside of faith, then you won’t be obeying the Biblical admonition to “trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5). If you’re not trusting in the Lord, then you’ll have to find something else to trust in and at that point you will start to violate the second half of that verse by “leaning on your own understanding” instead of leaning on God, His word and His promises.
Once fear has talked us out of trusting God and relying on His promises and has gotten our soul running around leaning on its own understanding, fear will finally have its complete work and will start to effect our outward actions. I’ve been watching this happen among the Christian-conservative-right for years – decades even – as we go around saying “I want good government; I want elected officials who overtly honor God; I want representatives who uphold the Constitution and protect my God-given and Constitutionally guaranteed rights, but I’m so afraid of the liberals and I’m so afraid that the Democrat might win, that I’m going to lean on human reasoning, listen to the political pundits and rely on the political power brokers who are telling me that I have to compromise my principles and vote for their establishment insider candidate in order to beat the Democrat.
Do you really think the state of affairs in our nation has caught God by surprise? Do you really think it caught Him off guard and that He doesn’t have a plan to deal with it? Do you really think that He didn’t realize what generation He was letting you be born into and that He doesn’t have a plan for protecting and providing for you in the current state of affairs? Not only does God know what circumstances you’ve been placed into, but he has a plan to use you for His purpose in the midst of those circumstances.
We will never produce anything good, or be capable of being used by God in His plan for the healing of our land, while we are dwelling on the negative and being driven by fear. The generation that breaks out of the bondage of fear and dares to just trust God, will be the generation that God can use to heal and restore the land.
I want to challenge you to read the following article by Andrew Wommack, then reread it, then ponder its message day by day and let it begin to identify and root out negativism and fear in your life.
TOUGHER TIMES HAVE COME BEFORE
By Andrew Wommack
From the fall 2013 edition of Gospel Truth
Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc.
What if I told you the world has faced tougher times than today? That might be hard to believe, but it’s true. Let me preface this by saying God is not in heaven wringing His hands over what’s going on. He’s excited! He’s worked through worse situations before. In fact, the brightest spots in history have come out of its darkest hours. Take, for instance, the time when the Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians for 430 years. Think about that: slaves for 430 years! None of your problems are comparable to this. And on top of that, near the end of their captivity, the Pharaoh oppressed the Israelites harshly and ordered that all male children be slaughtered when they were born. This was evil.
This probably wouldn’t have been the perfect time to bring forth a baby – let alone a baby boy – who would be a deliverer for these people. And yet Moses was born at that exact time. God was able to preserve and protect him, and He used Moses not only to deliver the Israelites from this terrible situation but also to set them apart from any other nation on the face of the planet.
And this wasn’t the only time God did this. Almost the exact same thing happened when Jesus was born. This time, the Israelites were being occupied by the Romans. Herod had learned that another King – the King of the Jews – had been born, and he was trying to wipe Him out. He ordered that all the male children two years and younger be destroyed. Can you imagine the power this man had? He wasn’t Caesar. This was a local king, or you could say a local governor. And he could literally send soldiers into people’s homes and have them take people’s children by force to be killed. Nothing we’ve seen today compares to this!
Nevertheless, God wasn’t worried when Herod found out about the birth of His Son and what he would try to do to Him. God knew it ahead of time and sent Jesus directly into this situation. God had a plan. He outfoxed a fox!
Just like Moses, Jesus was sent to deliver God’s people. But the freedom Jesus brought wasn’t freedom from a political power, or an outward freedom. Some thought He should’ve delivered them from the Romans (e.g., Acts 1:6). But Jesus freed people from the inside out. And these people went on to turn the entire world upside down (Acts 17:6)!
These are just two examples of terrible situations that nothing happening in America today can compare to. And each time, God was able to work things together for good (Rom. 8:28).
That doesn’t mean everything that happens is His will. Most of you probably know how strongly I teach against what’s called the “sovereignty of God.” God doesn’t control everything in the world in order to bring about good; He works through situations to bring about good.
The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness if God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1: 2 5
You were born into the world for such a time as this (Esth. 4: 14). You don’t need to be afraid of the things that are coming on the earth. As a matter of fact, you’re called to be a part of the solution!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be if good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus said true joy and peace can only come from Him, not from circumstances. Why? Because He has overcome the world! And Jesus said this the night before He was crucified. It certainly didn’t look like He’d overcome the world when they were scourging and killing Him. But everyone knew differently when the tomb was empty three days later!
I say all this to say it doesn’t matter what’s going on, whether it be with health care, gun rights, terrorist attacks, scandals, natural disasters, or anything else; God can take our worst situation and turn it around. Nothing we’re facing has escaped His notice. Sure, things may not be the way we want them, but there have been even tougher times before. I’m not saying we should turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what’s going on; I’m saying we should put more weight on what God is doing.
Despite how bleak the media portrays everything, I believe we’re living in the greatest revival the world has ever known. People are coming to the Lord by the thousands. The Word of God is going forth like never before. I believe God is excited! He is still accomplishing His will. It just depends on what you choose to focus on.
There will always be something negative to keep your attention. But all the while, God is working things for good. I want to encourage you to focus on the good.
Bless the LORD, 0 my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
The reason it tells you not to forget His benefits is because you’ll forget! You have to make an effort to focus on the goodness of God. Remember that there were worse times than today and God still brought about great good. When it was darkest, the light shined the brightest. And remember that you were born into this time for a purpose. God has called you to make a difference in the world today. This isn’t the time to run and hide; it’s the time to find a peace and joy that can only be found in God and be a part of what He’s doing. It’s going to be good.