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”Principality of Fear”
The people from all the nations of the earth — natural people that came out of tribulation — come and bow before Him once each year, acknowledging that He is King of kings and LORD of lords. As they bow before Him, they see the scars in His hands, still there after His resurrection. They ask Him how He got them. Zechariah describes the scene: "And one shall say unto Him, What are these wounds in Thine hands? Then He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends" (Zechariah 13:6).
Christ's sacrifice of Himself on the Cross is the greatest love story ever told. As we begin to understand this, fear can no longer touch us because we're already dead, i.e. we're dead to ourselves, and eternally alive in Him "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). We must die to ourselves, and then find real life in a new relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Fear of losing something holds great power over us. But a relevant question is how can we lose anything if we're already dead? As believers, our lives are no longer our own. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. To be absent from our body is to be present with Him. "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (II Corinthians 5:8).
Psalm 118:8 says, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." Yet we live in fear of others even though we are "dead men walking." As believers, we're dead to our old self but alive in Christ. As new creatures, fearful events shouldn't make a bit of difference to us as we live each day. Does fear come knocking on our door? It knocks on every man's door. Does it sometimes stagger us? It staggers all men. But the hurricane force winds of fear are just a slight breeze against which we press as we walk in His light. Fear becomes nothing more than a gentle breeze of satanic resistance.
With fear conquered, we are no longer bowled over by what fear represents. Instead, we’re able to keep our eyes focused straight ahead and moving toward Christ. If you have ears to hear this teaching, then the Spirit of God will speak to your heart today. This is a powerful lesson straight out of the Word of God. Fear is a principality of satan. Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
May God bless you all and keep you all,
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks