WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF, WHY ?
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. (Philippians 1:28 KJV)
And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God. (Philippians 1:28 AMP)
As promised in this capsule we would follow a natural progression of our previous discussions, asking, why are we so afraid to profess that a good God, who loves us so much, that He sacrificed Christ, wants us well all the time (3John 2, 2Corinthians 5:21). To compound matters every right thinking person wants good health. That is why all these big Pharmaceutical companies make big money, people take medications whose side effects are worse than the disease that they are trying to cure. We allow doctors to carry out mutilating operations even when the chance of a cure is slim. Even those who insist that sickness has some redemptive purpose would go to great lengths to secure treatment with western medicine, what a contradiction. People will go and see doctors over and over even when it is obvious that he or she is doing trial and error. So why is it we deny 3John 2 (at least conceptually) when we have this strong desire for health.
I have come to find out that despite all protestations to the contrary, at the root of it all is FEAR, in one shape or the other. Sickness or disease is an enemy not a friend, Philippians 1:28 says 'no matter what happens refuse to be terrified by your enemy (aka sickness or disease). What most of us don't realise is that fear is external, it wants to come in. To be terrified means to be driven or filled with fear. Don't let it drive or fill you.
The first and possibly the commonest reason why we are afraid to confess that God wants you well all the time is fear of failure. One of the commonest question people ask me is 'what if it doesn't work?' I understand what they are trying to say, they are worried about losing face. My response is simple 'what if it works?' I point at Romans 3:4. It is not your reputation that is at stake, that should take the weight off your shoulders. Because I have come to realise that God always wants me well, if I'm not getting results, it is comforting to know that the problem is never with God, He is not against me , so I am able to go back to Him to find out why, what am I doing wrong? (Matthew 17:19). I don't know anybody that gets it right all the time, this only tells me there are things I still need to know, and thank God we have His word and the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, 16:13-15). People are quick to give examples of those who have tried and failed, why don't you focus on the successful ones and build yourself up.
The second type of fear is fear of success. This sounds strange but it is true. I have come to find out that people like to be pitied. They might not admit to it directly but when you listen to their testimony you will see that they enjoy a pity party. They hate to exert themselves and to make matters worse in a place like the Western world where there are all sorts of benefits for those with one form of chronic illness or the other what is the incentive? Free housing, free food, free health care and so on and so forth.
These 2 fears come in different shades and shapes but what fuels both is unbelief. This comes as either disbelief or ignorance. We would look at both and the antidotes, and subsequently go on to checkout the sources of sickness and disease in the next capsule.
FEAR IS EXTERNAL, IT CAN ONLY COME IN IF YOU ALLOW IT.