Have you seen a bullying scene in a movie where the bully is just simply walking bye his “usual” victim and the victim pees(urinates) on himself.
Or have you see people running aimlessly and recklessly on the road to their peril simply because they hear the sound a gun shots far off?
In both situations and lots more, the danger is “perceived” because it has not happened to the person(s) yet.
It’s called the “Effects of Fear”.
We all react to fear; whether real or imaginary, in different ways but one thing is sure, whatever way you react to fear, it is always bad for the victim.
Hence we see God in various books of the bible saying the same thing…“Fear Not”..
In fact I was informed by bible scholars that there are more than 300 “fear-nots” in the bible.
Like Isaiah 41:10 says “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.”
Joshua 1:9 says “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
And many more…So why is the Lord telling us not to be afraid?
Apart the fact that fear is the opposite or lack of faith and we know by Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God; there are side effects of fear that can deny you of the ultimate price in Christendom, which is making heaven.
Chief amongst them is “Lying”.
For instance, let’s take the report of the12 Spies story in Number 13.
In Number 13, I found something interesting about FEAR especially in Verse 33…but before I talk about it, let’s visit Proverbs 12:22… “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord : but they that deal truly are his delight.” and John 8:44….. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” and then lets now examine Numbers 13:33…. “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers,and so we were in their sight.”
Let’s examine the following questions;
1. Were there giants in the land? Yes, there were giants.
2. Were the giants physically stronger and bigger than them? Yes, that was true.
3. In their own eyes, did they look like grasshoppers to those giants? Subjectively True, that was their own personal opinion and assessment of who they were.
All these are simply disbelieving God… some of the effects of fear…Doubt and lack of faith…
But the most damaging is LYING.
The lie in this verse was “…and so we were in their sight”...
The Giants seeing them as grasshoppers was the lie…
You see, they are SPIES”…Nobody sees or notices a spy,…that’s the whole idea of spying…not to be noticed or seen. So if they were not seen nor noticed, then how did they come to the conclusion that the giants who “did not see nor notice them” viewed them as grasshoppers? That was the lie and that is how FEAR can drive you if you let it.
I believe that God was angry with them not just because they disbelieved Him but they lied also. They lied to “Themselves” first and then naturally to others….
Is there a situation in your life that has opened the door to fear and fear is driving you to the point of you telling yourself(first) lies just to be able to cope or manage with the issues?
By the Power of Him who shuts a door no man can open, I shut the door of fear in your life and I open the door to Jesus in your life… He whom the Son of God has set free is free indeed