Fear of God and Spiritual Warfare

The moment we came to faith in Yeshua and were born again we entered into spiritual warfare with Satan. The enemy of our soul is looking for every possibility to cause us to fail, to take us away from God, to take us back to our past, to use brothers to hurt one another and to break the unity between us. He knows everybody has weaknesses of the flesh and he uses them.

We need spiritual discernment in order to recognize the conspiracies of the enemy of our soul. Spiritual discernment is a necessary condition for us to be effective in spiritual warfare, it is part of God’s wisdom and it is given to those who fear God. “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; all practicing them have good understanding;…” (Psalms 111:10).

When we are acting in the fear of God – the angel of God stands beside us and saves us from the attacks of Satan. “The Angel of Jehovah camps round about those who fear Him, and delivers them.” (Psalms 34:7).

Those who fear God are those who are walking in a way of meekness – “By humility the fear of Jehovah…” (Proverbs 22:4). They depend on God and not on their own strength or wisdom. “…He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. Jehovah takes pleasure in those who fear Him, who hope in His mercy.” (Psalms 147:10,11).

Those who fear God are those who receive conviction easily in meekness – because they
love God and don’t want to sadden His Spirit. “Do not reprove a scorner (proud one), lest he will hate you; give to a wise man (who fears God), and he will love you.” (Proverbs 9:8).

Those who fear God are those who are walking in the light of God, who love His truth with no compromises, and the result is: they obey His word. – “But to this one I will look, to
the afflicted and contrite spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word.” (Isaiah 66:2).

On the other hand, those who fear men are those who walk in a way of the world, in pride, do not accept conviction easily, walk in darkness (hiding things from God), they compromise with God’s truth and the result is: they do not obey God’s word. We will overcome Satan’s conspiracies only with the fear of God and with submission. “Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

We should learn from King David who proclaimed: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts, and see if any wicked way is in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139:23-24).

One of Satan’s conspiracies towards believers is to tempt them to walk in the fear of men. He tempts them to hide their weaknesses and disadvantages in order to be seen as perfect. They are tempted to look “nice” from outside in the presence of men by pretending, or in other wards to walk with masks. Sometimes there is a hidden sin in their life and they want to cover it. That is a walk in darkness. They want also to impress people in order to be nice to them and in that way to receive appreciation, admiration, honor and respect.

God’s word says: “… and I will not give My glory to another.” (Isaiah 48:11). Their focus is on people and not on God who sees, hears and knows everything. “Neither is there any there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to
eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13).

He who is called a believer and behaves like God doesn’t see him and hides things inside
himself – or in other words walks with a mask on his face – doesn’t know God and God
doesn’t know him. The same principle works with “Draw near to God, and He will draw near
to you” or with “I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine”. When we are walking in
darkness we don’t have fellowship with Him. How sad and terrible it is. “If we say that we
have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:6). It is a fatal mistake to hide things from God and also one from another. God sees and knows also the thoughts of our heart.

The basis for our fellowship with God is: walking in light! Here Satan doesn’t have power
over us, here Yeshua’s blood protects us. “…that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at
all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do
not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have from
fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us
all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7). God wants us to be honest and true with Him. That is a necessary and critical condition for a healthy connection between us and Him.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us humble ourselves and be honest and true also one with
another like children. Yeshua gave an example of a little child and said: “… truly I say to
you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the
kingdom of Heaven. Therefore whoever shall humble himself like this little child, this one is
the greater in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoever shall receive one such little child in My
name receives Me.” (Mat. 18:2-5). All of us are struggling or should struggle against sin,
which works in us and against us through our sinful flesh. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

We are not perfect, we need to bring to Him all of our burdens (difficulties, failures, sins, etc.) “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Mat. 11:28-30).

When we bring to Him our yokes out of meekness and confess them – we have rest and peace in our hearts, because He will deal with them and will help us. But when we hide those – the yoke stays with us, it is heavy and not pleasant. We have to be meek and lowly in our hearts like Yeshua. “But he who practices truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in God.” (John 3:21).

When we know who we are really, with all of our weaknesses and disadvantages, and
confess them – we are free (like children), because we don’t have to make an effort and to
be somebody else (a mask). It is not easy to play two personalities, because all the time we have to stand on guard that our real face shell not be revealed. The mask is a burden while walking sincerely and honestly it is walking in the Lord’s Spirit. “And the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Cor. 3:17).

Out of that freedom in the Lord we will be transparent, that means we will be who we
truly are – like children. And if we are failing and falling down, we will ask a prayer from our
brothers openly. Also, If we hurt our brother, we will come to him humbly, confess it and ask for forgiveness and will fulfill God’s ward: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).

We are in spiritual warfare – we cannot hold onto Yeshua’s victory if we do not stand
rightly with God. When we walk in darkness Satan has power over us. We act out of fear, fear of man, pride, self-righteousness, lies, jealousy, control, manipulation, condemnation, etc. There he controls us. But on the other hand, when we walk in light he doesn’t have any right over us, because the Lord is on our side. “…If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31).

He helps us to fight with His weapon according to Eph. 6:13-17: with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, the confidence in our salvation, and with the sword of the Spirit which
is the Word of God. Without all of those we couldn’t be victorious (holding onto Yeshua’s
victory) in spiritual warfare. When we stand rightly before Him, He fills us with His joy and
peace and that strengthens us and helps us to stand strongly against the enemy’s attack.
“Beloved, if our heart does not accuse us, we have confidence toward God.” (1 John 3:21).

Dear brothers and sisters, we need one another. We need a brother or sister who will
convict us when we are failing, to prevent us from falling into Satan’s trap. “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” (Prov. 27:5). When there is a hidden sin in our life (like unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.), which we didn’t confess it – Satan will cause us to fail and will also use us to hurt our brothers. We have to be open to receive conviction – it is for our benefit!

If we are really love God – then we will accept the conviction (through His word, through brothers or through situations which are happened to us) willingly. “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:6). If God convicts us because He loves us, then also we have to convict one another out of love and care. The other side has to accept it with the understanding that it is for his benefit and to repent to God in the right way. Sometimes brothers are rejecting the conviction claiming that it is judging or criticizing them – that is a fatal mistake – it is said out of pride or unwillingness to receive conviction, and then they remain in their sins. How sad and terrible it is. James, in his epistle, encourages us to convict one another: “Brothers, if anyone among you err from the truth, and if anyone turns him back, know that he who turns back the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19,20).

The conviction should come with truth and love together. Every one of us could fall and fail because of our sinful flash. Even those who convict a brother / sister, who had failed and help them, should be careful not to fall into pride. “Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1).

Let us be connected in Yeshua, who is the right way, the absolute truth and the abundant life. “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge and
in all perception; that you may distinguish between things that differ, that you may
be sincere and without offense until the day of Jesus Christ, being filled with the
fruits of righteousness through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9-11)

A m e n!

Glory to God!