Timor Domini – Fear Not

Timor Domini = Fear of the Lord in Latin


We are to Fear Not.

In 2 Kings 6, Elisha’s servant came to Elisha. They were surrounded by the enemy and the servant was overcome with fear. He cried, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” (v.15). Elisha replied, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (v.16). Elisha, a prophet with great faith, knew the Lord had sent an army of angels to protect them. Elisha prayed for the Lord to open the young man’s eyes so that he may see the unseen (v.17). He taught the young man faith and fear of the Lord.

We can only see the invisible provision of God and “not fear” by faith. The servant of God has the edge over the enemy, although this edge remains unseen by many, like the young man before his spiritual eyes were opened. The psalmist said, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).

We need to also see that God has given us weapons to fight against fear:

  1. We have God’s Word-the Sword of the Spirit.
  2. We have the power of God on our side. He is omnipotent, or all-powerful.
  3. We have the Holy Spirit. Haggai 2:5 tells us (paraphrased), “my spirit remains among you, do not fear.”
  4. We have God’s protection. He is omnipresent and omnipotent.
  5. And we have God’s armor to protect us. Ephesians 6 tells us to “take up the whole armor of God,” and tells us about the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, gospel shoes, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit (made the list twice for good measure), and prayer, our secret defense and one of our greatest weapons.

Isaiah 35:4 says, “Say to those who have an anxious heart, be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with a vengeance, with the recompense of God, He will come and save you.” Is your heart anxious? Put on the armor of God with confidence, and have no fear, because we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

The subject of “Fear Not” is very important. God does not want us to be pre-occupied with anxiety, worry, and fear. Those are the tools of the enemy. We are to fear the Lord through trust and “fear not” by faith. Anything else is not complete surrender to God’s plan and will for our lives.

Fear not by faith.

Just for today, meditate on the truth.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Six.

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