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The Conclusion of the Doctrine of Fear

This past month we noted that the greatest battles in history takes place in our soul. This is why the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostles Paul and Peter, said be on the alert! Our Lord made this crystal clear in MAT 7:24-27, when He said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and {yet} it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.”

You can strive to build all the dreams in the world that you desire. But without God at the very center of every area of your life, you will live a life of defeat.

PSA 127:1-2, (A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.) Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved {even in his} sleep.

Satan and the kingdom of darkness with their many philosophies and lies will keep on throwing them in your direction until they finally see one hit. You will be faced with projections from the kingdom of darkness designed to distract you and keep you down here living the spiritual abundant life. Our Lord said to the religious Jews in JOH 8:23, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.”

If you live the life that the Lord Jesus Christ has called you to live, you will live of life that is from above and free from fears. If not, you will end up being attacked by Satan and the kingdom of darkness surrounding your soul and trying to construct large strongholds against you. Satan and the kingdom of darkness uses fears and thoughts and projections to do so. That’s why we are told in EPH 6:16, in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.

Those flaming missiles are the philosophies of life! Those flaming missiles are the weapons of the king surrounding the small city of your soul. Satan has invisible missiles that attack the soul and cause fears and human viewpoint on the part of believers which neutralizes them and draws them away from the PPOG. From the day in which you believed in Jesus Christ, from that very day you were placed under the fear panic ploy. You are going to have times when you are faced with fears stress and other problems as well. And due to the fact that these are Satanic strategies, as a part of spiritual growth, you are to have testing along the way. In fact, we are tested at every stage. Just as you are tested in school and before you advance to the next grade, you have to past certain tests, so you have to pass certain divine tests along the way.

Everyday you are going to have the charge of the mosquito, things that disturb you, things that bother you, things that make you jealous, bitter or vindictive. Things that cause you to judge and gossip and be bitter and malign and to judge others. All of these things have to be dealt with by the word of God. Peter said in 1PE 5:9  But resist him, [Satan] by being firm in your doctrine,

The kingdom of darkness throws thoughts and ideas at us through the media, friends, family members, believers, unbelievers, enemies, and sometimes even from our own presumptuous ideas. And then if that doesn’t work, there is a direct attack made upon you which is much closer. One of the ultimate goals of Satan and the kingdom of darkness is to attack your soul with fears and do whatever they can to take you away from the PPOG and the teaching of Bible doctrine.

MAR 4:15, “And these are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.”

Satan and the kingdom of darkness says, I’ll give you a plan that works! Listen to me… Give up all that other stuff that you hear in doctrine class. You know that biblical stuff won’t work in this day and age. And your friends and sometimes family members are nearby saying, It’s about time you started thinking normally.

JER 49:23-24, Concerning Damascus, Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, For they have heard bad news; They are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, It cannot be calmed. Damascus has become helpless; She has turned away to flee, And panic has gripped her; Distress and pangs have taken hold of her Like a woman in childbirth.

One of the biggest areas of the deception of fears is Fear of Failure. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In fact, there are times that you can fail your way to success. Our doubts are traitors, and cause us to lose the good we might have won, by fearing to attempt. Then if that doesn’t work, there is a direct attack made upon you which is much closer! The ultimate goal of Satan and the kingdom of darkness who attacks your soul is to do whatever he can to take you away from the PPOG and the teaching of Bible doctrine. Satan knows that if he can influence the believer with his flaming missiles and large siegeworks and get his garbage in the believer’s soul that he can cause tremendous problems and stress for born again believers.

What kind of problems?

Problems that relate all the way from personality dysfunction to mental disorders of one kind or another. This is why the major target for Satan’s missiles is the soul and the thought pattern of the believer.

Three principles:

  1. Some of his missiles are targeted to distract the believer from the perception of doctrine. Too busy for doctrine. Too tired! Something always comes up, etc.
  2. Some of his missiles are targeted to distract the believer from the metabolization of doctrine. They hear the doctrine but they are not filled with the Spirit or they listen but do not concentrate. Concentration on doctrine is the highest form of worship in the universe!
  3. Some of his missiles are targeted to distract the believer from the application of doctrine, once that doctrine it is located in the soul.

The most successful attack that Satan makes with his flaming missiles at this point is to get the believer involved with the arrogant complex of sins or the emotional complex of sins. Remember that the ultimate goal is to take the believer out of the historical phase of the angelic conflict. Get the believer off the playing field and on the permanent disabled list or the injured list. So Satan’s flaming missiles are designed to destroy the spiritual life of the believer.

2CO 10:3-6 is a very important passage to note concerning this principle. 2CO 10:3-6, For though we walk in the flesh [we live in the world] we do not war according to the flesh. For the equipment and weapons of our warfare or conflict are not of the flesh [human attributes] but divine power [Bible doctrine] for the destruction of fortresses [Satan’s flaming missiles and siegeworks from the cosmic system  etc.] Destroying or assaulting speculations [these are Satan’s flaming missiles] And we are ready [the Christian soldier] or on the alert to punish all disobedience [deviation from obedience], whenever your obedience is complete [spiritual maturity].

The Greek word for speculations here is very interesting, it is the accusative masculine plural from the noun logismos which means thoughts and reasons. Such as thoughts and reasons on why you don’t have to continue with doctrine and the PPOG.

2CO 10:5, Destroying or assaulting speculations [Satan’s flaming missiles] and every obstacle of pride, which raises up or attacks the knowledge or doctrine of God,

I told you before that ultimately the attacks of Satan’s flaming missiles are against Bible doctrine. And taking every thought[human viewpoint system of thought] captive to the authority of Christ,

I would like to give you some principles concerning fears and warfare that will give you some idea as to what we will face in the devil’s world. These are the strategist’s keys to victory.

  1. All warfare is based on deception.
    2. Therefore when capable, fake incapacity.
    3. When possible make it appear that you are far away, when far away, that you are near.
    4. Offer the enemy bait to lure him; fake weakness and disorder then strike him.
    5. When he concentrates, prepare against him; when he is strong, avoid him.
    6. Anger his general and confuse him
    7. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance (90% to 10%)
    8. Keep him under pressures and fears and wear him down.
    9. When he is united divide him.
    10. Attack where he is unprepared and he does not expect you.

We are told in the Bible that we have an enemy. And that enemy is said to have a tremendous power to deceive us.

1JO 5:19, We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies‘ in the power of the evil one.

While they were all at the Last Supper in John 13, Peter could have been very fearful because Jesus had just told him how badly he was going to fail and betray him. Fear of failure is one of the most powerful fears the kingdom of darkness uses to try to get believers to lose sight of their faith in Jesus Christ.

JOH 13:36-38, Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you shall follow later.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a cock shall not crow, until you deny Me three times.”

So what was one of the very first things the Lord Jesus Christ said to Peter after telling Peter how totally Peter was going to fail?

JOH 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

There is no chapter break in the original language – sometimes people quote “Don’t let your heart be troubled,” but they don’t realize Jesus is saying this right after telling Peter how badly Peter is going to betray Him 3 times! No matter how bad you’re going to fail – you don’t need to fear the future, the unknown, or your own inevitable failures. So Jesus always wanted Peter to remember – no matter how badly you fail, or how hopeless the situation appears – don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful! No matter how hard you fall or what the future holds, JOH 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Cowards are constantly fearing the worst. Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.

GEN 3:8-14, And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” And the man said, “The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, And dust shall you eat All the days of your life;”

2CO 10:3, this battle is described, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

Our warfare in the spiritual life is neither physical nor fleshly; it is spiritual and therefore in the mentality of our soul! And the Lord has provided information whereby we can use our mental attitude of divine viewpoint as a basis of advancing in the spiritual life and handling any of the outside pressures that would come our way.

2CO 10:4, For the weapons of our warfare [spiritual warfare] are not of the flesh [human attributes], but divinely powerful or attributes of power, for the destruction of fortresses.

The phrase the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh it refers to the fact that our weapons are not based upon a system of human viewpoint like defense mechanisms. In fact, the word fortresses is the Greek noun ochuromaton which is a hapax legomena and it means arguments and reasonings one uses to defend themselves, that’s why it’s translated fortresses and therefore a perfect description of self-justification and defense mechanisms.

Defense mechanisms can resist all attacks of human viewpoint, human ability, human power; but God has provided in grace divine equipment and weapons to demolish these defense mechanisms in the soul. And what are these weapons that allow us to launch an attack against defense mechanisms in the soul?

The greatest weapon we have in both spiritual warfare and life is what we think! No matter how you slice it, the factor that motivates, empowers and strengthens a believer is his mental attitude or thought pattern.If the believer is thinking human viewpoint, he is open to satanic infiltration. Furthermore, he is useless, miserable, and indistinguishable from the unbeliever. On the other hand, the believer with doctrine in the right lobe has divine viewpoint on the launching pad ready for application in order to assault any defense system in this intensified stage of the angelic conflict. Such a believer has moved into the adult spiritual life and therefore has the capacity to understand that all things work together for good.

1PE 5:6-10, Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,  casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

He knows and applies the doctrine of divine essence and the principles of Christology. This believer cannot be defeated.  Like a truly courageous person in the human realm, he cannot be conquered. You can beat him up; You can tear him to shreds; But as long as he has divine viewpoint in his mental attitude, he will fight to the end and you cannot over come him.


2CO 10:4-6, For the weapons of our spiritual warfare are not of the flesh [human attributes], but divinely powerful or attributes of power, for the destruction of fortresses. destroying or assaulting and demolishing with Bible doctrine speculations [cosmic thinking or human viewpoint thinking] and every obstacle of arrogance against the knowledge of God;

Every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, or every obstacle of arrogance against the knowledge of God is the Greek word epairo which means to elevate, to assault, and to attack. Satan always has one goal in the life of the believer, attack the knowledge of God in the believer’s mental attitude. As I told you before, ultimately the attacks of Satan’s flaming missiles are against Bible doctrine.Any thoughts that you have which are not the thoughts of our Lord Jesus Christ must be taken prisoner or captive and pushed aside. And the reason why you are to take the thoughts captive or as a prisoner is simply because you are not to share these thoughts with others or allow these thoughts the freedom to go elsewhere.  Even if the thoughts are sick thoughts…that’s not a problem when you understand that the Bible says that without God’s thoughts,

ISA 1:5-6, The whole head is sick, And the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it,

So we are to take every thought or making a prisoner of every thought [contrary to the will of God] to the obedience of Christ;

The Greek word for speculations here is very interesting, it is the accusative masculine plural from the noun logismos which means thoughts and reasons, it can also mean excuses. People use thoughts to justify their wrong doings, and speech to conceal their thoughts.Such as thoughts and reasons on why you don’t have to continue with doctrine and the PPOG. You can only capture erroneous thinking and supersede it with correct thinking by metabolizing Bible doctrine. We have a warfare going on and a battle in our soul and only the mental attitude of Christ can deliver us from our deceitful enemy.

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