By Dr. Stephen Phinney
Exchanging Life Publishers 2018©
Are you perfected in love?
Fear is like a haunting ghost, clamoring over our conscious minds. The Hebrew word for fear is, yamre – a reaction to terror. Terror in the Hebrew is emah, which means, the dread of fighting an unseen enemy. The word terrorist is, one who threatens, playing on the heart (emotions) of a person bound to fear. There you have the cycle of fear.
Before we address the Post-Church Church, we must address our fears in doing so!
The reality of the original definitions are clear. Terror only works on people who are bound (bonded) to fear. Terror does not work on courageous people. Courageous people use threats of terror to motivate themselves to act. This kind of response is not only hated by the one who threatens but soon realize their threats role back on their own efforts – resulting in being haunted by their own fears. This is the greatest tool of warfare, spiritually & physically.
There are several indwelling Truths to courage that are always present. When we follow through with releasing Christ’s courage from within, even though our flesh doesn’t want to do it, we will see all the elements of His courage conquering all forms of threats.
The Hebrew word for courage is, ruach, which means, a blast of breath by extension of a Spirit from the Heavens. This completely removes courage from the earthly realm. It places it completely on a power known only to the Heavens – which is none other than the Holy Spirit.
The first step in releasing Christ’s courage is to deny self. If this step is not appropriated, it will lead to ruachual, meaning, tempest. From the English, self-effort courage will lead us to the one who tempts. If you are not familiar with who the tempter is, that would be Satan. Self-manifested courage can be one of the more dangerous decisions known to mankind – always resulting in defeat and dis-couragement.
The evidence indwelt believers should be watching for in determining Christ’s courage vs. self-manufactured courage is, defeat, discouragement & disappointment.
INDWELLING TRUTHS OF COURAGE
Courage takes releasing Christ’s boldness – allow Him to face your fears.
This element of Truth demands a question, “Am I truly indwelt (saved) by Christ Jesus?” If you are not filled by the Holy Spirit, the only kind of courage you can have is that of mustering-up the self-life. Fear is designed to master us and paralyze our ability to see Christ in us. The term, fear of the unknown, is not only overwhelming, it offers the ideology of fighting the air. This madness brings us back to our article title – Fear, a Haunting Ghost.
Releasing Christ’s courage requires faith. Faith in the Hebrew is, maal, meaning, to cover up, like a blanket. The Greek adds clarity to this root word; Love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8) The Greek word kaluptōY is one of the more powerful words in the New Testament. It clearly instructs us with the methodology of what Christ did on the Cross. It reveals an external force that covers. Since the Hebrew definition of faith is to cover up, we have a profound Truth being revealed to us – to activate Christ’s courage, we must embrace His actions of covering our sins (fears) through the overwhelming demonstration of His LOVE.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)
The most relevant element of combating fear is through God’s faithfulness through Christ. When we keep our Hebrew meanings intact, this translates as, God’s covering through Christ. Here we discover our deeper Truths regarding fear. Fears cannot be fought, they must be covered. Fears are ghostly, not tangible. The second element of Truth regarding our topic:
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:2-4)
The most practical application of this Truth is, set your mind on the things above. Fears are earthly, natural & demonic. (James 3:15) Fears belong to the flesh AND the reality is, we will not be separated from our flesh until death. So, in the meantime, our golden key is to appropriate the Truth – For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life... This passage reveals, what I call, the three elements of victory – dead, hidden & life in Christ. The authentic believer must accept the death of their old-nature, realize they are hidden in Christ & that their life is Christ’s Life. This Truth can only be found in Heaven, things above, remembering courage (ruach) is, a blast of breath by extension of a Spirit from the Heavens.
Satan also has three elements of self-assumptive victory, earthly things, natural remedies & demonic spirits – all classified as demonic wisdom. People who fight fear with demonic wisdom, get demonic attacks – inflicting terror. Indwelt believers who set their minds on Heavenly things, get hidden from the demonic elements.
Should we pray for courage? Should we ask God for strength to wage war against the devil and his schemes? Should we fight fear with fear? Or, should we release what is already True about us - For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
If you need to ask yourself a question, start with, Why don’t I remain content under the blanket of God’s love? The answer to this question will open the door to you resting in Christ. Rest is the absence of fear, just as there is no fear in love. That’s the facts!
The Hebrew word for rest is, nâchamo – to breathe strongly. When we connect rest with ruach, remembering, a blast of breath by extension of a Spirit, we gain our final Truth that removes our focus on irrelevant-ghostly fears. Resting comes from a blast of breath from the Holy Spirit through the indwelt believer, causing an appropriation of resting under the blanket of God’s love. The best illustration of this, a baby wrapped in swaddling clothing (blanket), feeling totally secure. Security comes through binding, not independence. Once a person becomes transferred over into Christ, the new bindings become the indwelt believer being tightly-wrapped in the blanket of the Father’s love.
I challenge all our readers to consider their method of fighting ghostly-fears. Is it a war or a resting in the security of being wrapped in the blanket of God’s love? You choose!