Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
In our Text for Today we see three promises that will be fully manifest in our lives when we fulfill the three commands in the same passage. God has already set the promises in motion, but if the believer fails to keep these three commands, though God is ever-present, the manifestation of His presence will not happen. Father will never leave, fail, or forsake us, but when we walk in disobedience to His commands, we take ourselves out of position to receive. Obedience is ALWAYS the optimal position in which to receive the manifest promises of Father. Let’s examine the third command today.
FEAR NOT, NOR BE AFRAID – Fear is a spiritual force. It is the opposite of faith. Faith comes by hearing, but that hearing is the hearing of the Word of God. So, fear comes by hearing, but that hearing comes by the word of deception, darkness, lies, distraction, and anything based upon sense knowledge that rises against the Word of God. Put another way, fear rises from a lack of truthful knowledge. The knowledge of which I speak is not simply having some data, but having data that is understood and proven functional. Let me give you an example. How many people would experience fear if they were tasked with walking a high-wire thirty floors high over a 100-foot-wide intersection, and that without a safety net? I think almost anyone. I know it can be done. I’ve seen such feats completed. I can walk, and I’m not afraid of heights. But knowing I don’t have the skills, tools, or functional knowledge to do it would cause fear to rise if I believed I would fall to my death.
To live fear-free, never being afraid, one must live with the knowledge that he will be successful, regardless of what he faces or endeavors to accomplish. That can only happen when one lives by faith, and does not step outside the bounds of that faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Just because I know something CAN happen does not mean it will happen for me. Just because I have witnessed a feat does not mean I can do it. To attempt what I know can be done or what I’ve witnessed being done without the requisite knowledge and applicable skill or assistance to do it is dangerous. It’s called presumption, and that can be deadly. But if I fully believe the Word of God that is proven to be faithful and true, and abide in the calling to which I am called, being obedient to the Word given to me. I can live fear-free, never being afraid. And so can you.
Manna for Today – Deuteronomy 31:1-8; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Ephesians 6:10-18