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Re: Reacting to Fear? (Nehemiah 6:13)

"For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and do (act) 
accordingly and sin, to make for a bad reputation, that they might 
reproach me." (Neh6:13)

As this portion is being prepared a little more than a month in advance 
of the date it is initially slated for mailing, 'this' morning there was 
an e-mail from some stranger who obviously had visited the website, but 
did not like what she read there, as she sent a URL-link to an article 
she wanted me to read, to refute what she had read at this website, with 
a rather nasty retort in the subject field of the message, also 
informing me that all this package was being sent to me by a 
"spirit-filled" woman. Her retort might easily have included, "Take 
This!!!! You #@#@#@!!!"

This woman's e-mail was merely one in a series of little things over the 
past few days: people who otherwise shouldn't care one way or another 
because we do not know each other that well, or are total strangers, 
nevertheless exuding attitudes of glaring animosity/hostility towards 
me. It is something "in-the-air" from the realm of the "rulers" of the 
air. (Eph6:12)  

I recognized this well. There are times that certain subjects are 
addressed in the mailings, and perhaps prolonged Q/As, that the enemies 
of the Most High DO NOT LIKE...because their deception is being exposed. 
They think they've got a pretty clever thing going with both the pretend 
so-called "church", and the Judaic equivalent, Hebrew roots and 
messianism. So, when certain 'heavy' topics are addressed at some length 
and depth, the enemy is allowed to send 'messengers' to make his 
displeasure known. And the e-mail this morning, being labeled, 
specifically, from one claiming to be "spirit-filled", was the icing on 
the cake. Had I had any doubts as to where these things were coming 
from, that note cinched it up. These things have been coming from satan 
and his messengers. The lady might as well have said, "I'm a female 
messenger of satan, coming to you with his demons."

Dearly Beloved of Jesus Christ:  When you are attacked, and the one 
perpetrating the attack does so, announcing their "spirit-filled" state, 
that is what they are announcing to you: That they are coming in the 
name of satan. 

As Nehemiah was going about to get the walls of Jerusalem built back up 
and repaired, satan sent messengers to try to thwart his efforts. In his 
case he was getting more than just e-mails and angry looks. Some were 
threatening armed conflict. And it was a systematic effort against 
Nehemiah. (We won't look at all those details here. If you're not 
familiar with it, please read the book.)

Nehemiah was certainly afraid about the situation. They were coming, 
pretending to be prophets. But just like those today who come, claiming 
to be "spirit-filled" with a "word from the Lord" that God has "told 
them to tell you"; Nehemiah "perceived that God had not sent him". 
(Neh6:12)  Remember: just because somebody comes along claiming to 
pronounce judgment upon you by the "word of the Lord", and they are 
"commanding" you because they are "spirit-filled", does not mean it is 
from God. In fact, the more vehement they are in their own theatrics, 
the less likely it is that they are actually from God. With the "lying 
spirit" Zedekiah made iron horns to try to prove his point of the 
"false" prophecy to Ahab, by which God sought to kill Ahab in battle. 
(1Ki22)  But when a Believer is indwelt by God's Holy Spirit, when satan 
sends along his emissaries, the Believer can (like Nehemiah) "perceive" 
that it is not from God.

And so, if one realizes it is from God's enemies, as fearsome as the 
theatrics might be, the Believer does not need to acknowledge the 
message by displaying acts of fearfulness. Notice that Nehemiah 
determined not to react to his fear, and thus "sin". If a Believer is 
moved to respond to the fear in accordance with the theatrics, to 
whatever degree a person does so, they have "caved" to satan's 
messengers, and displayed a distrust in God.

As humans, until we have got it figured out to "perceive" its satanic 
origins, yes we will become fearful. After all, initially Job thought 
his calamities were coming from God. The one messenger reported that 
"the fire of God" had destroyed the sheep. (Job1:16) "..Jehovah has 
given, and Jehovah has taken away..." (vs21)  Jehovah might have 
'allowed' it, but it was -satan- who had taken away.

Yes, Paul exhorts "be anxious for nothing" regarding our needs and 
necessities. (Php4:6)  But Peter understands that we -do- become afraid 
and anxious at times... but what are we to do with that fear? 
"...casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares about you. Be 
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a 
roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the 
faith, knowing that the same afflictions are experienced by your 
brethren in the world." (1Pt5:7-9)

As we know that God "remembers that we are dust" (Ps103:14), Peter 
reminds us -who- it is that is causing the anxiety. And as Nehemiah 
didn't give the time-of-day to his enemies, we are to be "sober" and 
"vigilant" against satan. Yes, something suddenly pops up against us, 
like those 'scary' things pop out in the tunnel rides at the amusement 
parks, with spooky sounds, and "Boo!"  But we are exhorted to remember 
that those are satan's messengers. And when we see them, we are not to 
be like uninhibited out-of-control adolescents who go screeeaming 
through those rides; but we are to "resist" him, remaining "steadfast in 
the faith". Remembering "whom I have believed" and that He is "keeping 
[me] safe". (2Ti1:12)  Do not get all paranoid "as though something 
unheard of was happening to you" (1Pt4:12), but remember that Jesus 
promised "affliction" (Jn16:33); but also exhorted to "be of good 
courage" because why? Jesus says, "I have overcome the world."  And 
remember, you're not the only person who has ever gone through what you 
are being harassed with, but the same things are happening to your 
fellow-believers around the world.

Is it sin to be afraid? No. But in whom is our trust? David said, "When 
I am afraid I trust in You." (Ps56:3)  Who was a greater warrior than 
David! And yet, he had many times when he was afraid. Those who go into 
danger (like soldiers) say that, If you're not afraid, you're crazy. 
They learn to "harness" their fear into productivity. For the Believer, 
our deliverance is not of ourselves. When we fear, our trust is in the 
Victor.  "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of 
this death? I thank God; through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Rom7:24-25)

"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret; it only leads to 
evil. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait upon Jehovah, 
they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked 
shall be no more; indeed, you shall diligently consider his place, and 
it shall be no more. But the lowly shall inherit the earth, and shall 
delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plots against 
the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. Jehovah laughs at him, for 
He sees that his day is coming." (Ps37:8-13)

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus 
Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always 
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in 
vain in the Lord." (1Cor15:57-58)