Recently, I have been thinking a lot about child-training and how our character/actions play so much into the way that we train our children – and who they will become as a result. A little while ago I wrote about Preparing Them For His Glory. Today, I’d like to talk about training our character so that we can train and mold their character in righteousness. Whether for good or for evil, who we are and how we think, WILL impact and affect our children’s lives. This is why, my precious sisters, it is so important to be working on our own character! We don’t want to pass down the bad character traits to our own precious little ones.
So how does our character line up with scripture? Do the way that we think and handle things now, line up with scripture? Have you ever thought about this? Yahweh does give us instruction, sisters. He does care how we handle things. Do you know what He thinks? How He wants you thinking? I’m going to really stress three main area’s in this series…fear, worry, and doubt and how they play into our lives, as they are on my heart. These three factors, if left unchecked, can ruin our lives. They can make it so that Yahweh can’t use us for His glory and honor and to further His Kingdom. They ARE huge, girls! Have you ever thought about them and how they play into your own life? What does scripture say about them? Have you ever thought about it before? Is it wrong to worry about things? To be fearful about things, even horrible things that could happen? Do you know what scripture says, and are you living according to what it says?
For years, I never really thought much about them before. Nor did I realize how I used to fret and worry about things and how wrong it was to. I mean, we all know bad things can happen! Look at the times we are in! So, is it really wrong to worry about things? What if things aren’t going your way and feel like they are falling apart? Is it wrong to be fearful, atleast some of the time? I mean, how wrong can this be? Really. Think about it. Could it really be that wrong?
Answer: Yes, it most certainly can be and is! Sin is sin my precious sisters, and this one is huge in my line of thinking. Let me show you why.
First, let’s read the definition of them. These are taken from the Merrion-Webster’s online dictionary.
: to be afraid of (something or someone)
: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)
: to be afraid and worried
: to think about problems or fears : to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen
: to make (someone) anxious or upset : to cause (someone) to worry
: to be uncertain about (something) : to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely
: to have no confidence in (someone or something)
Let’s now take a look at scripture and see what scripture has to say about them.
What Does Yahweh’s Word Say About Fear
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
This has to be one of my all time favorite verses in scripture. It’s one of my life verses. I mean, why do we need to fear? He promises to be with us, to strengthen us when we need to be strengthened, to uphold us with HIS right hand, and we know that we don’t have to be dismayed…why? Because Yahweh is OUR God! So sisters, let me ask you again, are we supposed to be fearful? Besides being a direct command from Yahweh to NOT be fearful, what is there really to be afraid of? With Yahweh on our side, as our Guide and our Stay, what is there to fear? What can man really do to you?
Psalms 27:1-14 A Psalm of David. Yahweh is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, MY HEART SHALL NOT FEAR: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of Yahweh, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Yahweh, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto Yahweh. 7 Hear, Yahweh, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Yahweh, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then Yahweh will take me up. 11 Teach me THY WAY, Yahweh, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living. 14 Wait on Yahweh: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on Yahweh.
I love the above passage as well, as it really declares who Yahweh is supposed to be in our lives. He is our strength (or supposed to be atleast, but often times we won’t let Him be!), so why would we be fearful of someone or something? David goes on to declare how even if a host encamped around him, he would not be afraid, because he understood very well who was in control of his life. He had confidence in Yahweh his God. Do you have confidence in your Yahweh your God? Do you believe Yahweh your God? He said He would be with you, do you believe Him? If you don’t believe, you will fear. You will become fearful, doubtful, and you will worry. It’s a lack of belief, sisters. Where and in whom do you put your trust in?
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath NOT given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Yahweh tells us that the spirit of fear is NOT of Him. He isn’t the one who placed it within us, it’s not of Him…so who might I ask, is it from? You have light and darkness. The father of righteousness and the father of all lies. You have Yahweh and Satan. If the spirit of fear is not of Yahweh, who is it from? Satan! Sisters, now do you begin to see why this is so serious? This spirit is not of your God. It is of the god of this world…the ruler of darkness! It isn’t a light matter when we allow this spirit to come within our lives and take root!!
The scripture verse goes onto say that fear is the opposite of a sound mind. When you begin to fear, you no longer have a sound mind in Yahweh. Again, it’s serious! It’s not something to take lightly.
Yahweh tells us who we are supposed to fear.
Matthew 10:28-31 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
There is a righteous fear, and there is an unholy fear. We are to fear Yahweh, because He is a Righteous Judge! But He does NOT want us fearing everything and everyone! He tells us He loves us more than anything else…so why should we be fearful?
I want to go on to say that fear is also distrust. When we fear, it’s because we don’t have confidence in our God to do what He says He will do. We don’t trust Him. We distrust Him. Which is again, because we do not understand who our God is, for if we did, why would we have reason to fear?
I said earlier how our character, if not trained in righteousness, will hinder our children’s lives (as well as our own). When we are fearful, we pass that evil spirit of fear down onto our children and those around us. Yet, what does Yahweh say? In Leviticus 25:17 He says, Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am Yahweh your God.
By being afraid, we oppress others. Yes, you heard me right. Let me go onto explain.
Take a storm. When you are fearful of a storm (no matter what that storm includes), and you start to worrying about it (which is an offspring of fear), watch what happens to those around you. If they aren’t aware of it and reject that spirit, they too, begin to be fearful of it. But, if on the other hand, they remain trustful in Yahweh, knowing He holds everything within the palms of His hands and promises to be with us, and you begin to talk about how faithful Yahweh is and how we can put our trust in Him…what happens? See the difference in how we think and how it effects others? But when we pass that spirit of fear onto others, we now oppress them with that spirit! I have seen this countless of times. Often times I hear mothers simply say “oh, I worry about everything!” Sisters, this isn’t of Yahweh! We must view sin as sin. Fearing man, things, and even Satan, is wrong! It is sin. Yahweh commands us NOT to. Which means when we allow ourselves to, we are going against Him and are disobeying Him! So why do we think it a light thing, when we do just that? Why do we brush it off as some light matter? We should be getting down upon our knees and repenting, not marveling in how this sin is so much apart of our lives!
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful (or anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through the anointed Yahshua.
How can we keep a sound mind? By being anxious over nothing, but instead of being fearful about everything, we get down upon our knees, thank Yahweh for whatever it is, and pray knowing He promises to see us through everything and anything! We can pray about things, but there is a difference between trusting Him and fearing the situation. It’s called surrendering it to Him, my precious sisters. It’s called trust. When we trust Yahweh at His word, we WILL have peace…even in the midst of turmoil. It’s that peace that passeth all understanding. It isn’t explainable. But it is real. We don’t have to understand everything. Yahweh doesn’t tell us we will understand. But He commands us to trust Him. Will you? If you do, Yahweh promises to keep our hearts and minds through Yahshua! But He can’t keep something that we refuse to give Him. This takes two! Will you let Him keep your mind and hearts, by doing what He tells you to do…one of which is to not be fearful? Or will you make it impossible for Him to? The choice is ours.