I am struck by the thought that Jesus didn’t seek a ministry. He was one. He had the biggest job of all of us. Yet, He calmly walked from place to place letting love, compassion and expectation guide Him. He wasn’t scared or fearful that He was going to “miss it”. He knew who He was. And He knew who His Father was.
I believe there is a lesson here for all of us. So I’d like to begin by revealing a strategy of the enemy.
Does the enemy try to get you to react out of fear?
As Children of God we are instructed that God does not give us a spirit of fear!
2 Tim 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
This is important for us to remember because it goes back into our identity. You see if we are lead by obligation or even a performance mindset. We could end up thinking in the terms, “I have to do this or else…”, but this is a problem for us as Children of God because we are not called to be lead by fear. And it is fear that propels people through doing stuff they don’t really want to do.
Many a religious well-intentioned preacher has done this. “You MUST… You NEED… You HAVE to…” But – it’s the same tired song playing over and over getting the same results. People are put into condemnation. Looking at what they are not instead of who they now are. And then they end up repeating the same patterns. Over and over again.
Because fear doesn’t transform, it conforms.
Now let’s uncover this pattern of condemnation together.
First, let’s begin by identifying it.
Here are a few examples of how fear can rear its ugly head…
1. If I don’t do this I will miss out on my calling in life.
2. If I don’t do this God won’t love me as much today.
3. If I don’t do this I won’t be accepted by my peers.
All of these things stem from the same thought process, if I don’t do something, I will miss out on something.
This is actually one of the deceptions of the enemy. He tried this tactic on Jesus no less.
Matt 4:2-3 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he [Jesus] was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Notice the pattern here. If you are the “Son of God” then you will do, say, look, or act like this. The enemy tried to get Jesus to REACT to fear, but Jesus RESPONDS out of faith. Because it is ONLY faith that pleases God. (Heb 11:6)
Remember the enemy’s goal is for you to see your identity through his lies. And the Holy Spirit is revealing your identity through His promises.
Make no mistake about it you are in a war. And that war is over your identity.
You see, the enemy will try to make you think that if you don’t REACT to his temptations then you’re not truly saved, favored, blessed, etc. Or whatever lie he is throwing at you at the time to try to get you to REACT to his lies of fear.
But Jesus doesn’t REACT. He is secure in His identity. Father only a few months ago publicly pronounced Him as His Son!
Matthew 3:16-17 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Armed with His identity, Jesus doesn’t react to fear, but responds in faith to the lies of the enemy.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Now what I am hoping to convey here is that both were “right”. The enemy quoted a Scripture, it’s in the Book, but the goal of it was to put Jesus in a place of questioning His identity. So I propose for Jesus to react to this Scripture OUT OF FEAR would have been wrong for Him.
And it’s the same for us.
As Children of God we don’t want to be motivated by fear, and fear is what presses through doing stuff we don’t want to do, so we need to find enjoyment as our motivation.
If you’re struggling to be consistent, maybe it’s time to stop asking God what to do and start asking Him who you are. And what you enjoy doing, how you’re fulfilled, and where you feel most fruitful.
Because after you have your own moment with the Lord, where you embrace that YOU are His beloved Child in whom He is well pleased. Then I believe like Jesus you will naturally respond in faith, no longer reacting in fear. And your eyes will no longer be on you and your trials, tribulations, walk, etc but they will zero in on the world around you. A world that is starving for what you carry.
And then you BECOME a supernatural ministry.