In his relentless campaign to destroy our faith, satan employs two powerful weapons, two devastating enemies of faith: fear and doubt. Fear and doubt are related. Whenever one shows up, the other is never far behind. One of satan’s top faith-stealing strategies is to try to sow fear into our lives. He will do all sorts of drastic things and bring all manner of adversity across our paths in order to make us afraid because he knows that where there is fear there is no faith. Fear produces torment, and torment stirs up hopelessness, a feeling that there is no way out of the current torment. Another word for torment is worry. Prolonged, unrelieved worry causes all sorts of health problems. In fact, worry is the number one factor at the base of nearly every disease. So fear can actually make us physically sick. The last thing we want in life is to give in to fear. Living in fear destroys our potential and debilitates our faith. Living in faith, on the other hand, will empower us to reach our fullest potential and even do the impossible. One day, as an object lesson to His disciples, Jesus cursed a fig tree that bore no fruit. Immediately the tree withered. In amazement, the disciples asked how this had happened:
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:21-22).
As long as we try to live under Kingdom culture in this world, we will always have to battle between faith and fear. Our challenge is to make sure that faith wins. Fear will keep us away from the mountain; faith will move the mountain. I don’t think Jesus was talking about physical mountains necessarily, although that too might be a possibility. What He was talking about is anything that looks like a mountain to us, anything that seems to be impassable, that seems to block our progress. Kingdom faith will drive all obstacles away. They may not all disappear at once, but ultimately faith will win out. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
We make prayer out to be so hard, but in Kingdom culture it should be the most natural thing in the world. Consider the simplicity of Jesus’ statement: “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” What could be simpler? It’s straightforward and precise. The only requirement for effectiveness in prayer is faith. If you believe, if you exercise Kingdom faith, then not even satan and all the powers of hell can stop you. Fear cannot stand in the presence of faith. By faith we know that God is love and that He loves us. Faith teaches us to love God, and as this love relationship grows, fear flees because love drives out fear: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).
Sent from Prophet Timothy v Shockley Sr