Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fear of Things Unseen

I can't sleep. I know for most of you bloggers 11:30 isn't late. But, yours truly, is an early bird. I'm usually fast asleep by 10:30 so because of my unexpected insomnia I have finally decided to get up and blog whatever it is the Lord wishes for me to write. I will let you in on these thoughts running through my mind as I am and was desperately trying to fall asleep. The thought that keeps running through my mind is Fear is a form of worship. 
As most of you know, I struggle with fear. I don't struggle so much with fear of the things that I can see but rather fear of the things I can't see. 
For the longest time I had a hard time explaining why I was afraid. I would repeat over and over again to well meaning friends, "Yes, I know I have an alarm.' Yes, I know I can call my closest friends at midnight or later.' 'Yes, I know how improbable it is for someone to break into my house the one night my husband is away." But that is not what I'm afraid of, I'm afraid of the things I can't see. This admission has always surprised them and it has always been hard for me to admit. 
As a child,  I was afraid of monsters, ghosts and evil. I hated sleeping alone in my room. Most nights I would crawl into my parents room right after they fell asleep. I would sleep on the floor with no pillow and one blanket. I was desperate not to be left alone to fight the battle of fear, fear of that which I could not see but somehow knew existed.
Why do I tell you this? It is because it wasn't until the Lord reprimanded me that I was able to overcome my fear. Well, I did sleep at my parent's house last night due to being afraid but at least I was able to repent of my sin and ask for a fresh perspective.
So what was the Lord's reprimand? Fear of Satan and of evil is in essence a form of worship. When you fear evil you are in fact worshiping it. Fear the LORD your God and serve Him only. Fear is a form of worship. 
For instance, if I fear rejection I am worshiping man. If I fear pain, I am worshiping self. If I fear losing the things that I own, I am worship that which my hands have made. If I fear war or rumors of wars, I'm worshiping man.
And if I'm fearing all the evil in the world than I am in fact denying that, He who lives in me is greater than he who is in the world and I am worshiping and giving power to the enemy of the Living God. Power that is not due him. 
Notice the wording in these verses.
You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. Deuteronomy 6:13. 
Notice in the verse the key word only. Why does God tell us to fear Him only? I believe He tells us this because He knows that what we fear is what we will bow down to. Ultimately, fear will determine our actions. Fear will hold us hostage and keep us from doing what God has called us to do. 
Fear sets itself up against faith and renders us useless to the kingdom of God. In a later post, I want to address Gideon because He felt fear but acted in faith. There is a big difference between feeling fearful and reacting out of fear.
For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, " You are not to say, 'It is a conspiracy!' In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it. "It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And he shall be your dread. "Then He shall become your sanctuary." Isaiah 8:12-14
I could spend an entire entry on this one verse but for now, I will let this powerful verse speak for itself.
He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is upheld, he will not fear. Psalm 112:7
The fear of the Lord keeps all my other fears in check. 


Megan @ Hold it Up to the Light said...

Did you see Max Lucado's tweet this morning???....

MaxLucado"Fear is not a sin, but it can lead to sin." Agree? DIsagree? Why?
10 minutes ago from web

So both of you are speaking to me in unbelievable ways today. This so points to what is going on with me right now. Fear is what is gripping me...on many levels. As I am praying and working through this in the scriptures, these have been the thoughts that I couldn't put into words.

Amazing. Do you mind if I point to you in my own post about fear?

Liz Blalock said...

Megan, Your reply has brought tears to my eyes this morning. I was up half the night thinking on these truths and your comment has been such a confirmation to me this morning.
Thanks for your comment. I wouldn't mind one bit if you point to me in your post. I believe the Lord uses all of our struggles to bring Glory to Himself and to encourage others in what He is revealing to us.
As for Max Lucado's tweet I didn't see it this morning until you pointed it out to me. Thanks for sending me the message. It has encouraged me in many ways this morning

Brittany Robson Photography said...

thank you for this post. i have struggled with fear for many years and your post really spoke to me.

Jessica said...

Hi, I am a birthmark friend of Megan's and she posted your blog site. So i headed over and God is really speaking today! PTL! Don't want to go into too much detail, i've have been struggeling so much lately with fear of the unknown and what if's. It was like you were taking the feelings i have and just communicating them to me for me to see. Tears are starting to flow! Thank you God! I know all will be ok!

amorris1967 said...

I read Megan's blog pretty much every day. I've been dealing with a lot of worry, which in my eyes, leads to, and is the same as fear. Your blog really spoke to me after a conversation I had last night with my sister, my husband, and my parents. God really does lead our steps...or our fingertips. On another note I saw that you have a link to Judy Reamer's site. I have known Judy Reamer for over 30 years. I grew up going to camp with her kids my whole life and we are all still good friends. My family and the Reamers have been through much together including college. It's such a small world! I'd love to know your connection to Judy?

Valerie said...

Hey Liz I was reading Megan's blog and found yours. My scripture for fear is Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

Surely God is my salvation;I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

I am doing a Bible study and it has touched on fear. We can't let it get hold of our lives.

Liz Blalock said...

Thanks girls for all your wonderful words. I don't know Judy personally but she has come to speak a couple of times at the church we attend. She has amazing insight and a wonderful sense of humor. I always enjoy hearing what she has to say about life and her relationship with Jesus, Yeshua.