2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Proverbs 9:10 (KJV) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
The famous Christian allegory, Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, chronicles the journey of its main character, Much-Afraid, as she travels to her High Place. Along the way, she is tormented by her family, the Fearings, with Craven Fear being the most terrifying. Because she is timid and crippled, Much-Afraid is held captive and often followed by her family, who are lurking in the shadows. Despite the efforts of her courageous neighbor, Mrs. Valiant, Much-Afraid must face her fears, or the Fearings, as she journeys to meet the Shepherd.
Isn’t it something how fear can cripple us and hinder us from being all that we are destined to be? We don’t pursue that career because we’re not the ‘right’ color or have the ‘right’ education or come from the ‘right’ family. The effects of fear can range from recoiling when in the presence of something we dislike to cowering from a danger we perceive as larger than ourselves to crippling phobias. We kill insects, reptiles, animals, our dreams…anything that scares us or makes our blood run cold; however, as seen in our base scripture, fear is a spirit and we must battle it in the spirit.
But how, when you can see it right before your eyes? But do you really see it? What you do see is your lack of confidence in Christ. You see your insecurity. You don’t believe that you are destined for greater works (John 14:12). As taught by Bishop James C. Hash, Sr., “Faith is a lifestyle. If you’re going to get all that God has for you, God’s Truth must have priority in your life.” Study the Word! Once you realize who you are in Christ, you will stop trying to get what you already have once you are saved. All that Christ is, you are!
This will lead you to the only fear you should have which is a fear of the Lord, a reverence, an awe-inspiring respect for the Most High God, the Creator and Sustainer of all life, the Elohim of the Universe. This fear is the beginning of wisdom given to you by the Holy Spirit. You begin to understand the Word and gain knowledge as to who the Lord is and who you are in Christ. This divine epiphany ushers you into your destiny, to your “High Place.” Only at your “High Place,” you will receive a name change, just as Much-Afraid became Grace and Glory. Mark 9:23 (NKJV) reads, “If you can believe, all things are possible with God.” Now this scripture has a whole new meaning for you. It is all a matter of faith, and faith has never lost a battle!Back to Blog