Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I AM thy shield and thy exceeding great reward. (KJV)
Let’s start with some basics:
Word – John 1:1
Vision – a dream or dream-like state
I AM – LORD’s name, Jehovah
Shield – armor of the LORD provided by the Spirit = faith
Great reward – gifts for faithfulness, God Himself, my friend
Fear in Hebrew is according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:
# 3372 yare’ (yaw-ray’) meaning to revere, to make afraid, dread, reverence, see dreadful thing.
#3373 yare’ from 3372 fearing, afraid, fear
#3374 yir’ah (yir-aw’) fem of 3373 fear, exceedingly reverent
#4172 mowra’ morah from 3372 fear, a fearful thing,dread, terribleness, terror
#6343 pachad from 6342 pachad (paw-kkad) primary root to startle, alarm, great fear, dread
This is a journey to discover 365 reasons (one per day for a year) the LORD (God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit), angels, or spokesperson chosen by God says, “Fear not.”
The truth is fear is a result of doubt which limits the Spirit’s work. Do I have doubts? OMGosh yes! For decades I have lived in fear of losing loved ones and I have. I needed this study years ago. I don’t show fear outwardly but internally I am in a puddle.
Fasting is easy during these times; prayer not so much. I mean who can eat with a lump in the throat or pray with tongue cleaving to the roof of the mouth?
Faith is in direct opposition to doubt. I am going to learn to trust and not fear if it takes me to the gates of glory. Doubt blocks Providence because it keeps my controlling fingers wrapped around the problem instead of showing tow-dah, thanksgiving, by opening my hand and releasing the problem, heartache, trauma, anger, bitterness, whatever to HIM!
The LORD himself came to Abram which may have had him a wee bit petrified. But His words were fear not because He was his faith and his reward! In other words, HE provides the faith. We don’t have to muster it up! He is our reward. He provides ALL!
Father thank you for your patience and love. It is grace to me that you are so willing to deal with this stubborn daughter. Teach me this truth one verse at a time! I love you LORD!
Blessing for today,