By Dr. Stephen Phinney
Exchanging Life Publishers 2018©
Are you being deceived? Could your secret love affair with FEAR be the final and fatal deception of your life? Such is the case with all those who struggle with FEAR. They rush toward the arms of Satan, not realizing they are being blindly led into desolation, only to find an excruciating loneliness and domain of punishment. Has life’s opportunities of fear-based rejections driven and, bonded you, like a diabolical romance with a dead-man – your flesh?
Is your dead-man a constant companion? Have you snuggled up to the greatest illusion known to the believer? Can you be absolutely certain that FEAR will not play the same cunning trick that Satan has played on generations of old? The enemy has a dreadful, predictable reputation for unfaithfulness and betrayal!
Betrayal is the first manifestation of fear!
Satan entered into Judas just before he betrayed Christ. His unwillingness to face his own personal relationship with fear turned him gradually, but deliberately, from light into darkness – bonding himself to his oldest friend, fear. Fear demands a complete takeover of mind, will & emotions before it can take on the action of betrayal.
As in the case of Judas, once FEAR takes over, all seems to be dominated by the enemy. Satan’s objective? To focus the believer on rebuking what is already dead – the old nature.
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. (Romans 6:5-7)
While it’s true that people who are bonded to fear suffer remorse, guilt & self-condemnation – Satan is guaranteed of one simple illusion. The believer will start rebuking their dead-man, while counting on their tortured minds to continue in their friendship with the world, the flesh & the devil himself. Many believers tend to forget that Satan enjoys friendships as well.
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
Satan’s ultimate goal is to formulate a habitual pattern of betrayal, first to self, then to others and finally, what you do unto the least of these My brethren, you do unto Me. Fear is the most common manifestation of friendship with the world, Satan’s domain. He knows that the best way to ignite betrayal is to set the believer up to be an enemy of God. He accomplishes this through a friendship between the believer and FEAR itself. Since fear is a ghostly illusion, FEAR becomes the glue to bondage!
Even though our enemy does not brush-off the power of betrayal, most tend to forget that betrayal is at the root of all fears. It reveals the same goal he had for Judas. He knows that once betrayal occurs, the venomous effect of cowardly behavior locks the believer into a disastrous conclusion – the need to rebuke what is already dead. As he knows well, this method of madness becomes a vicious cycle of nothingness, fighting ghostly fears that never seem to go away.
There is nothing more deceptive than a friendship with fear!
The believer’s submission to caressing FEAR causes a love-affair of friendship with the world. It’s a set-up for experiencing hostility toward God, which flows into self-condemnation, judgment, and self-protection. Worst of all, God is unfaithful to His promises. No one can testify against FEAR, at least in and of ourselves. FEAR is above all earthly things. FEAR accepts no consideration of the evidence against itself because Satan knows it is ghostly, illusive & hidden in the bosom of his own identity. Our enemy counts on the simplicity that no human, saved or not, can testify against his greatest weapon – fear. Since he knows that Christ is our only defense, and that He removed the dead-man/old nature tool of destruction on the Cross. Satan works to deceive believers into thinking that rebuking a ghost has power and validity. FEAR is a sadistic user of the believer’s resources in Christ! The enemy will abuse and assault your body & soul with the torturous “feelings” of constant death, with no mercy or compassion for your fading cries for deliverance!
The believer’s self-protection against what binds them, only backfires!
Memories are powerful! All those haunting recollections of being in bondage to your particular fears, is what becomes the pathway to embed fresh memories. It’s here that the enemy maintains his relationship with his friends. He knows that few humans knowing pursue a friendship with him directly. So, he swiftly employs his own lover – ghostly fears.
Here’s the blunt Truth. The reason that “friendship with the world is hostility toward God,” is because the believer’s selfish, self-pitying soul progressively reinforces their self-imposed afflictions as a way to get others to “feel” sorry for them. Fear is a double-edged sword. On one hand it terrifies, while on the other – it acts as a lover. Think about it! FEAR is always there for you. It is predictable, steady, immovable & constant. Have you ever wondered why many people have habitual destructive relationships with abusers? This is why! Predictability is the constant of self-control. Self-control is the addiction to self-perceived deliverance.
What’s the answer to ending this love affair?
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. "He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. "If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. (John 12:24-26) The answer is to hate your flesh, the memories of your dead-man/old nature. Here we find our mandate. We must die, refusing to have a lifestyle love-affair with our own life (flesh), that naturally was against the Spirit. (Gal.5) The believer who habitually rebukes a dead-man is ignorant of their co-death, burial & resurrection in Christ. An indwelt Christian who walks away/hates their abusive relationship with FEAR, will discover an increasing abundance of victory as they surrender to the Spirit.