Fear can go to hell (shame can go there too)

There’s a Chinese curse that says, may you live in interesting times. And it seems we have “interesting” in spades this year! We’ve just officially entered into possibly the weirdest, most non-connecting holiday season of our lives (if our governing authorities have anything to say about it), along with so many other negative things that come in the name of being safe.

God made us to be relational beings; we need connection, which is why “social distancing” is so unnatural, making it very easy to get discouraged and lose sight of our lives, who we are, and even Whose we are. The non-stop media wants us to live in constant fear of Covid, our government wants us locked down until the end of time, all of which makes us frustrated and uncertain about the future.

Nevertheless, to all of that, I agree with Bryan and Katie Torwalt’s song, “Prophesy Your Promise,” when they make the following declaration:

“Fear can go to hell
Shame can go there too
I know whose I am
God, I belong to You”**

I could add, “2020 can go to hell!” LOL! Actually, I won’t declare that because I know that God is using these “interesting times” to show me how to live an overcoming life. As James said to us:

“If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!” (James 1:12 TPT)

You see, we will never know the “untold blessings” or experience “true happiness” and receive the “victorious crown of life” (reward and blessing, both in this life and the next) unless we learn how to stay strong in our faith, no matter how difficult our lives might get.

We must always remember that Jesus told us what to expect, but also how to overcome it all in Him:

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV*)

Jesus has overcome this world, and God has placed you in Him, so the secret to staying strong in the midst of uncertain times is to participate in the divine nature according to the promises of God!

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet.1:4 NIV*)

In addition to all of this, Paul told Timothy to “wage a good warfare” according to the prophecies spoken over him:

18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare (1 Tim.1:18 NKJV*)

Has God spoken something to you personally? Has He given you specific promises in the past? Then use those prophetic promises to fight the good fight. And a good fight is one you always win!

So stop right now and take stock of your current emotional state. Is there anything you’re fearful about? Do you feel downcast, disappointed, frustrated, anxious about the future? Have you lost sight of what God is doing in and through you?  Whatever negative thing you’re feeling right now, just remember the following words of this song:

“When I only see in part
I will prophesy Your promise
I believe You, God
‘Cause You finish what You start
I will trust You in the process
I believe You, God

You set a table
in the middle of my war
You knew the outcome of it all
When what I faced looked like
it would never end
You said, watch the giants fall

And the lies I once believed
they crumble
At the weight of Your truth
And the fear that gripped my heart, is arrested
So that I can see You”**

I invite you to listen to the following video. Just take the next few moments…pause…just breathe…soak in the words and let your spirit soar!

And yes, fear can go to hell…and anything else that might try to keep you and me from the promises of God. Amen.

* All emphasis added.
** Lyrics from “Prophesy Your Promise” by Bryan Torwalt | Katie Torwalt | Mack Brock.
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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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5 Responses to Fear can go to hell (shame can go there too)

  1. jeffw5382 says:

    Mel, I have been on a reading binge of Thomas Merton. I find his writing exquisite and very poignant for these times. He suggests that any and all find solace in the opportunity to be more contemplative in silence. It has brought me a great deal of peace to abide in Christ’s Love in this way.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Great point! I have always loved the mystics. Merton is one of the best. Abiding in Christ is the key to a life well lived and loved. It’s where we learn how to be loved by God and to love others with His love. It’s where there’s fullness of joy! (John 15:9-12). It should be the foundation for every believer. I think we would all be in a very different place if we practiced His presence this way.

  2. Oh, sweet post, Mel! Great song, too! Indeed, fear can go to hell and shame can go there too. Over and over God tells us in the Bible, “fear not!” Well if it’s not from God, it’s from the enemy, so chuck the fear. Also, God did not give us a spirit of shame! In the garden we run and hide after the fall, but it says “Jesus went to the cross, despising the shame,” on our behalf. I love that verse! Jesus took our shame and our fear with Him! All we really have to do is set it down at the foot of the cross. It’s not ours to carry. Always easier said than done. 🙂

    I have been listening to some amazing testimonies, some online and some on the ground about what a banner year 2020 has been! So this one women got sober, found the Lord, found a home, and was cured of cancer. It’s been the best year of her life. Now that’s how you prophesy your promise!!

    • Mel Wild says:

      I love hearing the testimonies! Amen! God truly turns what was meant for evil into good if we will but trust Him through the trial and not lose heart. Just ask Joseph! But then Paul goes even further and says that even if we lose heart, God is bigger than our heart. He will carry us through it all. He is faithful!

      Those people you mentioned now have a history with God overturning sickness and bondage. It’s like David with Goliath. He reminded himself that God came through with the lion and the bear, so He will defeat this giant standing in front of him! That’s a promise we can prophesy! 🙂

  3. paulfg says:

    Can’t get into the mindset I see around “2020”. Every year brings “stuff” – some good and some bad. I can think back to a few that were filled to overflowing with more challenging stuff than this year. And – as with every year – I have met so many I would never have met – this year especially if it were not for good ol’ Rona and all the changes to living our “governing bodies” have imposed (because individually – I think – we can’t “impose” what is needed on ourselves).

    I have seen rule-breakers and rule-keepers. I have seen advice turned into “rules” more draconian that any of the advice “advice” implied. I have been down and up (just like any year). I have seen others lifted and shattered just like any year. And I have travelled abroad twice for a holiday – made even more special because “advice” suggested not – but commonsense and thoughtful risk-safe assessment said it was okay (and it was).

    And then I look at the Gospels and see a wee baby born into times much more horrific than ours right now. And a man who walked through all of that with complete peace and gently connected to each moment and all it brought. I think if we need to send anything to hell perhaps we have missed something very important this year.

    Have another great day!! 🙂

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