The other day I was reading in the book of Isaiah and came across this phrase in chapter 24. “And it shall be that he who flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit…” (verse 18) This verse is talking about the judgment to befall the earth in the very last days, but in looking at the concept of fleeing from just the noise of fear, we can find a deeper truth we should look at.
1 Peter 5:8 speaks of a noise which causes fear to rise up in the hearts of the mentally and spiritually unprepared. It says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
I once heard a preacher describe the tactics of lions which are hunting with their pride. Often, the old toothless lions will be placed behind the desired prey. They begin roaring to bring fear and panic into the herd. In desperation, the herd runs away from the noise of their fears, but what they don’t know is that the young lions with the sharp teeth and claws are waiting for them on the other side. The herd literally runs into the very thing they were trying to avoid!
Our common enemy, the devil, is like an old toothless lion which has lost his authority over those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus. When it comes to a believer who has been washed in the cleansing blood of Jesus and destroyed the old strongholds of sin, the enemy has no power over them…but he loves to make us think he still has power, so he “roars” out his false lies and threats. If we give in to his threats and begin running in fear, we have agreed with his lies…which is sin. That fear gives him ground to follow through causing that which we have feared to come upon us. (Job 3:25)
On the other hand, if we submit to God and resist the devil and his lies, the devil must flee from us. (James 4:7) We have called his bluff and instead of running from him, we confidently continue walking in the direction God has told us to go. This is how victories in our lives are accomplished!
Let me give you an example. A young friend attended a recent Christian meeting with us where the man of God singled her out in the crowd. Prophetically, he described all the physical and emotional attacks she had been suffering with. As soon as he called it out, every physical attack lifted and she was healed!
However, in the days that followed some of the symptoms began to return. Not understanding the principle of resisting the lies of the enemy in this area, she began to wonder if God had taken back His gift of healing! Of course not, I assured her! God never takes back what He has given!
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29)
Her problem is that instead of calling the devil on his bluff (fake symptoms), she naively thought that she had lost her healing because of her own unbelief. I exhorted her to fight off the symptoms by rebuking the enemy and declaring to full healing of God in her body.
I know this battle well. I have had to resist “phantom symptoms” of pain in my own body many times, especially in my lower back which God had healed many years ago. In my book, “The 12 Gemstones of Revelation” I describe how as a young married woman with 2 young children at home, I was suddenly inflicted with lower back pain that brought me to the floor nearly screaming with pain. I had to drag myself to the phone to call for help as my legs could not be moved without excruciating pain.
When my husband and mother arrived, I was rushed to the emergency room. There the doctor proclaimed that I had somehow torn the muscles in my lower back and would be bedridden for at least 6 weeks unable to do anything on my own. He told me that I would be unable to lift more than 10 pounds and would have to live with chronic back pain the rest of my life.
We were devastated!
It took me 4 years to learn first how to fully conquer this lie of the devil and then how to maintain God’s gift of healing in this area. This gift of healing was appropriated for me when Jesus took stripes on His back and then died on the cross for my sins, but I had to learn how to face down my fears in this area and boldly walk in everything the Lord had given me.
My confidence in the promises of God brought me total healing and victory in this area. At times, the enemy has tried to convince me to give up my confidence by inflicting “phantom pains” in my back once again. My response has been to call his bluff by declaring first that my back belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and he cannot touch the Lord’s back. Secondly, I declare that the Lord does not ever take away gifts that He has already dispensed. At that point, I rebuke the pain and lies of the enemy and my healing is restored.
How about you? Have you ever wondered if God had “taken away” something He had given you at one time? Have you been fleeing from the noise of fear right into the clutches of the enemy?
The amazing thing about God is that as long as we are alive, it is never too late to repent of our fears. It is never too late to stand up and resist the roars of this toothless lion. God has promised that if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and restore that which the enemy has stolen. (1 John 1:9)
My prayer is that you too will learn how to stand up and face down the noise of fears the enemy loves to throw at us every day. I know you can do it!