Health and Healing

                              Freedom From Fear

            Just as "the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom"
(Proverbs 9:10), fear of Satan is really the beginning of death!
Fearing God is a form of worshipping God. To be  afraid of God
and to fear Him is really to give Him the respect that He should
have, as most of us showed respect to our own natural fathers. (See
Hebrews 12:9.) Therefore, to fear Satan, to fear the Devil is giving
him just the kind of worship that he wants. It's a form of worshipping
the Devil!

            The Devil himself is in charge of death, as you can see by this Scripture: "Forasmuch then as the
children are partakers of flesh and blood, He [Jesus} also Himself likewise took part of the same; that
through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil." Jesus, however, is
more than able to "deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage"
(Hebrews 2:14,15).

            So you must rebuke that kind of fear just as Jesus did when the Devil tried to get Him to worship
him on the mount of temptation. Jesus said, "Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve" (Luke 4:8). The implied meaning from the
original is: "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou fear!" You're only to fear
God! "This," Solomon said, "is the whole duty of man; to fear God"--only God--"and keep His
commandments!" (See Ecclesiastes 12:13.) When we are sinful or have  done something wrong, we should
be afraid of God. But you're not to be afraid of the Devil, ever! "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and
Him only shalt thou fear." (See Matthew 4:10.) God's Word says about other kinds of fear that "fear hath
torment" (1 John 4:18).

            We are therefore to "fear not them which can kill the body but after that have no more that they
can do, but rather fear Him [God], Who can cast both body and soul into Hell!" (See Luke 12:4,5;
Matthew 10:28.) We're not to fear Satan, who only has the power of death over the body, but we're to fear
God, Who has the power of death over the soul. So fear of the Devil is not of God, "For God hath not
given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind!" (2 Timothy 1:7). And, "Thou
wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee" (Isaiah 26:3).

            Fear is the exact opposite of faith. Fear of the Devil, fear of death, fear of the Death Angel--this
is the total opposite of faith! That's the kind of fear that will destroy you if you continually harbour it and
are always afraid. It's damaging and disastrous to you, and will wear you down, wear you out, give you a
nervous  breakdown, drive you out of your mind and even kill you if you keep letting it torment you.

            And believe it or not, that kind of fear and that spirit of fear is extremely contagious, just like a
disease! Others who live with you, people whom you come in contact with, are apt to be afflicted with that
same horrible fear. It's just as possible to catch things in the spirit as it is in the physical, in fact even more
so!  It's even more dangerous and easier to catch if you're not inoculated with the Spirit of God, because
then you have no resistance against these spiritual diseases. Now with physical diseases you can become
immune to a certain  disease because you've either had it, or you've had a little touch of it through
inoculation and your body has built up resistance against it so that you can no longer catch it.

            Well, this same principle is also true in the spiritual: All of us are sinners, and in the past all of us
have had a touch of the spiritual disease of fear, fear of Satan, fear of death, naked horrible fear of the
Devil himself and the Death Angel. All of us have been afraid of the Devil at some time. But we must face
our fears. There's no use beating around the bush any more, there's no use trying to deny that they're
there. The only cure is to call on Jesus, call on the Spirit of God! Call on the Lord and ask Him to deliver
you!--To be thoroughly inoculated by the Spirit of God so that  you have built up a genuine spiritual
resistance to this fear so that you can't catch it any more. "I sought the Lord and He heard me, and
delivered me from all my fears" (Psalm 34:4).

            It says in Hebrews 2:13, "I will put my trust in Him"--In Whom?--In God! So tell the Devil that.
Say: "Be gone, Devil, get thee behind me Satan! I'm putting my trust in God, in Jesus!" Verse 14 goes on,
the idea being that He, Jesus, "the power over death, that is, the Devil." Now who is this Death Angel? It
Devil." Now who is this Death Angel? It tells us right here that it's the Devil. So, if you're afraid of the
Death Angel, it means you're afraid of the Devil, and that's a terrible thing to be. We're not to be afraid of
the Devil; we're to pin our faith in God and to fear God and not to fear Satan. And verse 15 gives the
promise: "And  deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."  So
God is able to deliver us, who through fear of death were all our lifetime  subject to bondage of fear!

            God's Word says, "Resist the Devil and he will flee from you!" (James 4:7). You have power over
the Devil, you can order the Devil what to do. The demons and evil spirits are subject unto us; they have no
free will of their own. They cannot do  as they please. (See Luke 10:17,20.) They have to do what we tell
them to do in Jesus' name, and to get the Hell out of here! Praise the Lord! If you know that you love God
and that He loves you, you know that He's going to take care of you; you know that everything is all right
because God loves you, so why should you be afraid? There's no reason to fear! His "perfect love casts out
all such fear" (1 John 4:18). You can have "freedom from fear" in Jesus! Ask Him to free you now from
any and all fears of the Devil, in Jesus' name!--Amen!

            Dear Jesus, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Please come into my heart,give me for all of
my sins, and give me Your free gift of Eternal Life. Please fillme with Your Holy Spirit so that I will have
the power to share Your Love with  others, and to take a spiritual stand against any fears in my life. Please
free me from any fears of the Devil. Amen.

                                                                excerpts from writings by David.Berg                      

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