Friday, June 8, 2012

Deuteronomy 1 & 2: Fear, Fight or Flight

Deuteronomy 1:16
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And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the cases between your brethren and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger or sojourner who is with him.

Some of the most beautiful God-moments I have shared with others have been with ones who have been discarded by society and unfortunately, also by the church.

Jesus has eyes that see a person for who He made them to be, not for their immature actions leading to sin. He loves the sin right out of the sinner, and we are called to do the same!

Romans 3:22
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Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

Then there are those who idolize the gifts of another, not placing them on a pedestal, but in jealousy tearing them down. Or others who are intimidated (fear) by someone else’s gift because they cannot control them. Fear induces those under its control to engage in uncharacteristic, even sinful practices.

Deuteronomy 2:4
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And command the Israelites, You are to pass through the territory of your kinsmen the sons of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. So watch yourselves carefully.

The spirit of fear can cause two reactions…to shrink back or to attack. It’s the fight or flight syndrome we all learned about in health class. The fight portion of fear is why God counsels the Israelites to watch themselves as they pass through the territory of Esau, because the descendants of Esau are afraid of them.

I love the Lord’s promise in Deuteronomy 1:29-30.

Then I said to you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The Lord your God Who goes before you, He will fight for you just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,…

We have no need to fear those who fight against us, because God fights for His beloved bride. Thank You, Jesus!

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