I was reading the WORD this morning in Luke 21 and came upon a verse that really got my attention. Verse 26 says, “Men swooning away or expiring fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and caused to totter.” [Amplified]
Luke 21:26 describes “fear” or “terror” at the signs of the world’s end. To verify this, just pick up the headlines in the newspaper, or the cable news stations or Google News on your Home Page site. I also have been reading, “Winning in Troubled Times” by Dr. Creflo Dollar which invited me to dig further into understanding the word FEAR. That’s what WORD detectives do! So, the adventure begins. The detective work is put into action.
I went to Expository Dictionary of Bible Words first. It contains word studies for key English bible words based on the Hebrew and Greek texts. Since I was reading in Luke, I will reference the Greek translation of the word FEAR; phobos. It’s where we get the English word “phobia” from. Dr. Dollar says that FEAR is a “spiritual force”. He often describes it as being the “reciprocal or opposite of faith”. That would mean that fear is actually “faith in the negative.” Once FEAR is received, it can work its way down into our spirits and begin affecting our words. I have found out over time, that the words we speak based in FEAR are common in phrases we speak to others. Phrases such as, “That scares me to death”, and “I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it tonight.” When these type of things are spoken, even in casual discussion, they activate the wrong spiritual laws. What does the spoken word have to do with anything? I thought the same thing once until I did some detective work. Since I have a large print bible, I didn’t need a magnifying glass. I again went to one of my outside sources; The Expository Dictionary. It is always a good place to look for clues. There I found the Hebrew definition for “WORD” translated into english. It is “dabar” which means “a thing”. I grabbed my bible and turned to one of referenced scripture verses that pertained to the Hebrew “debar” [pronounced de-var or ‘thing’]. Genesis 1:3 says, “And God said, let there be light; and there was light.” Verse 6 continues and says, “And God said, Let there be a firmament…” and verse 7 goes on to say, “and it was so.” Genesis 1 goes on in verse 9 “And God said, vs. 11, “And God said, ” vs. 14, “And God said,” and each time God speaks “debar” , He speaks things first and then He saw. So based on what I found, when we speak words, we can speak things into existence. Thus, I concluded we have to guard our mouths in what we say. The word FEAR has a connection to things. I kept on searching, digging and turning over rocks hoping to find more connections with what we say and think. Proverbs 4:23 reads, ” Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs [or issues] of life.” In Job 3:25, he says, “For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, and that of which I am afraid befalls me.” Now there’s a connection that I could personalize from my own family experience. From the time that I was a child, even after I reached adulthood, my mother brought up her connection to FEAR. She told me when my grandmother came to live with us, she and dads reason for their decision was because of grandma’s dementia. Today the word has been translated to ALZHEIMER’S disease. She then went on to tell me that her grandmother had the disease, her mother had the disease and she would most likely have the same disease too. She believed it completely. Her fears became connected by the words she confessed with her mouth. “For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, and that which I am afraid befalls me.” Two years ago this June, my mother died in Georgetown, Texas of Alzheimer’s disease.
I’ve heard over the years people saying, “A little fear is good for you.” And I used to think the same thing. However, FEAR is not good for anyone, in any way. People don’t realize God puts FEAR in the same category as a host of other sins. How did I come to a revelation that FEAR was a sin? Is there really a connection between the two? There IS, and if you familiarize yourself with the tools God gives you in you’re searching, you will find it. Revelation 21:8 says, “But the FEARFUL, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” (N.K.J.V.) Notice that the first two categories of people who will inherit hell are the FEARFULL and the UNBELIEVING. The pairing together of these two sins let us know we cannot FEAR without being in unbelief. The bible verse also doesn’t say a ‘little murder’ or a ‘little whoremongering’ or a ‘little lying’. It says ALL.
Tomorrow I hope to continue my detective work into the excavations of the FEAR CONNECTION. If you can’t wait…start digging!