A Word On Fear

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24

Some churches don’t focus on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I think this is a great tragedy. The church is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit – not the building but the people. People make God’s temple not bricks. God’s temple should always be filled with the Holy Spirit or it’s not even God’s temple. Right? Because if God’s not in it, it’s not His temple. The difference between God’s people and regular people is that God’s people have the Holy Spirit in them.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “for God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and a sound mind,” (NIV). Jesus promised His Spirit to His disciples when He left them. When you don’t have God’s Spirit you cannot please God.

If God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear we need to recognize the implications. For one, worry is a form of fear. If you are given to worry you might want to pray about getting rid of it. In the bible there is a lot said about worry because it is a primary means for the devil to attack. Here’s what Jesus had to say about worry in Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV):

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

It is a very good argument against worry. Again in Psalm 37:8, the bible says not to worry because it leads only to evil. The devil is the spirit of fear. Anytime you lose your peace you can pretty much guarantee the devil’s been at it again. God wants us to come to Him without fear or worry and cast our cares on Him because He cares for us. 1 John 4:8, says

“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.”

If something scares you, call on God to give you support. The bible says that God gives His Spirit freely to His children and Jesus says that whoever comes to the Father through the Son will never be turned away (John 6:37). Jesus says here that “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”

The Holy Spirit carries with it gifts. How do you know if you have the Spirit? There are a couple of ways of telling. One way is through your words. If you curse or speak negatively about Jesus you do not have the Holy Spirit. If you can say aloud that Jesus is blessed in front of people then you probably have it. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart you will be saved and Jesus will confess your name in the presence of His angels. Another way to tell if you have the Holy Spirit is that you would have gifts of the Spirit. The bible talks about those here (1 Corinthians 12:1-11 NIV):

“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed,’ and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”

Another way to tell if you have the Holy Spirit is by your actions. Are you walking in love and obeying God’s commands? Do you have peace? Is the Word written on your heart? All of these are signs that you have the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have it and you want it, ask God to give it to you. Maybe get baptized and start attending a Spirit-filled church.