Fear is paralyzing and mindsets can lock us in place. When they are combined, the cocktail can be deadly to spiritual growth. Let us consider the ways…
Consider the love of knowledge. Knowledge is very important, but to benefit one needs wisdom. Consider the following excerpts taken from an article in Christianity Today:
True wisdom is not rooted in great learning or in human intelligence, but in the understanding of our place before God. “For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”…
From early childhood each of us experience the paralyzing power of fear. I can remember when my brother and cousins watched Shock Theater and shows with zombies like the Night of the Living Dead. I could not even go near the television! I was certainly afraid and that fear was based in a belief that those monsters could be real and may come after me!
Silly you say, perhaps, but fear plus belief kept me out of the room. Can fear plus belief keep believers out of the realm of the spirit? Can it keep them from receiving the fullness of all God offers to His children?
It is obvious, in the example, that my knowledge was based on a false belief. Nevertheless, can our knowledge of God and His Word not have the same effect? Indeed it can, if the knowledge we have has not led us into understanding our place before God.
It is not difficult to point out the fear that paralyzes us. There is fear of man, fear of failure, rejection, and even fear of possible excommunication, be it by friends or a religious group. Then there is the ever-present fear of making a mistake, or being wrong.
To this I share a statement that struck me many years ago:
If you make a mistake, God is not going to fall off His throne. In fact, it may be just what you need to deal with your pride!
It is time to take our knowledge and check to see if it is producing its intended purpose. Check to see if you have a deeper revelation and experience of the power of the living God.
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!ii
Let us be those who have the knowledge and wisdom of God, who has not given us a spirit of fear. In addition, do not be surprised if at first you feel like you are —
Sticking your neck out!