Note: this is a republish of a devotional published June 18th, 2018. It has been rewritten and edited with new content.
Something that has disturbed me for many years, is the suggestion that there is perhaps another God. There is only one God.
So when we say ‘Our God is a great God!’, it suggests that out of all the ‘other’ God’s our’s is comparatively great and arguably the best God.
This is ridiculous on its face. There is no other God. There are no inferior God’s, there are no God’s vying for position in the celestial realm.
He is simply God. And yes, incidentally He is good, wait, better than good, better than great! Awesome! Think of your best image of God in your mind and He is way better than that.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)
Fear is the most destructive self inflicted injury there is.
The Bible talks about fear a lot. The ESV uses the word no less than 365 times. That’s one fear for every day of the year. If you combine the word fear and God and do the same check it only returns 20 hits.
The point that I am getting to is this; the fear of God is vastly different than this dangerous self inflicted fear we turn on ourselves. Jesus himself told us…
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.“
John 14:27 (HCSB)
I have come to understand two things more than anything. The first is that the Lord God loves me and all of us without reservation. It is His deepest desire that all should come to Him.
The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (HCSB)
The other thing that I have come to understand beyond a shadow of a doubt is that when we fear, it is a direct result of not trusting God. This is why I refer to fear as being a self inflicted injury. Sadly this injury is pervasive.
Even the most upbeat person you will ever meet, will at times allow doubt to creep in and establish its residence in fear. Fear that only trusting in God’s willingness and ability to deal with the issues can eradicate.
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
2 Timothy 1:7 (HCSB)
But Isaiah 41:10 tells us more than just ‘Do Not Fear’. It also assures us that we are not in this battle against fear by ourselves. God is more than willing to stand with us, to defeat our lack of trust and quash fears grip on us. The second half of the verse says:
“I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.”
God says He will strengthen us, He will help us, and He will hold on to us! And the thing that excites me most about this portion of the verse is the the five last words of it “With my righteous right hand“!
It’s exciting to me because, the enemies favorite front of attack is our failures. Once we have come to an understanding of who we are, and who God is, and His righteousness; this weapon of the enemy is defeated.
The devil tells us, ‘You’re not good enough!’, ‘You’ll never measure up to God’s standard’, ‘You’re a failure!’.
And you know what? He’s right on every count. I am not ‘good enough’. I am never going to be able to measure up to ‘God’s standard’. And when it comes to righteousness of my own making, I fail miserably! But God doesn’t fail!
The Rock — His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true.
Deuteronomy 32:4 (HCSB)
And on top of his faithful righteousness, He extends His righteousness on us!
He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (HCSB)
God the Father directed Jesus Christ, His Son, to become sin for us. So that we might be transformed into the righteousness of God in Jesus!
How phenomenally powerful is that? I think it is more than sufficient to crush the accusations of Satan! These passages provide the power to beat back fear and cause the devil to flee in terror.
Fear has no place in the Christian’s walk with the Lord and yet, this is so very common in all of us.
Go forth today, knowing that the enemy has already been defeated. Place both hope and trust in the Lord’s ability to cover our inept pursuit of righteousness with His own, so that we can be victorious today!
Then, tomorrow, do it again!
And the next day and the day after that.
Because there is nothing and no one that can stand against God’s champion when they are equipped with faith and and the righteousness of the one that gave Himself for us, so that we might be free to serve Him in Love!