Facing the fear of being corrected

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The spirit of prevention and the fear of correction

fear of being correctedWhenever we speak of tests, our natural tendency is to fear the necessary circumstances of dealing with the pain and trauma of our defeats, thus exposing the refuse and garbage of our soul that we would feel more comfortable hiding because of our fear of being corrected. We automatically throw up a strong “wall of protection” when we perceive the vulnerability of our wounds. Our tendency is to subjugate ourselves to fear and flight at the slightest resistance thus isolating ourselves from others and from the possibility of being healed. The biggest cause of reproof is the very fear of being corrected and tested, as well is the lack of willingness to deal with intimate areas of defeat. The more we throw up emotional and relational walls and close ourselves in, the more these barriers suffocate us. The more that we fear and avoid tests, the more the root of defeat deepens and grows stronger, imprisoning the soul in the process.

Dealing with the fear of being corrected and tested

In order for God to approve us, we must always face tests openly with thankfulness, wisdom and courage. In each test, we can exercise the elements that I have just mentioned instead of fear. This predisposition can completely affect the spiritual atmosphere, where, instead of being intimidated, we can be intimidating.

The Bible narrates when Paul was in Caesarea and a prophet of God called Agabus, performed a prophetic act alluding to his future. It is not the type of prophecy that people like to hear. He took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feed and prophesied:

When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'” (Acts 21:11)

That startled everyone. They began to intercede for Paul so that he would give up his plans to go to Jerusalem. However, conscious of God’s presence, knowing that it would be the strategy to testify before the political leaders, he answered:

Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13)

What a stupendous way to face the test. Paul allowed no space for fear and intimidation; on the contrary, he checkmated the possibility of his own death exposing himself to everything because of Jesus. This level of boldness picks apart any demonic argument. It is enough to provoke an earthquake in hell and give Satan a heart attack! It is enough to “possess” the devil in a state of shock in perplexity. How do you stop a person that simply no longer believes demonic intimidation and is completely conscious of the exceeding greatness of the power of God upon his life? In this manner, Paul demonstrates the great advantage that we can have over Satan, even when facing situations where our very life is at risk.

Facing terrible tests and great conflicts, among every possibility of fleeing from God, David ended up discovering that, the truth is, there were no possibilities of running away, only impossibilities of running away. David’s central concern was not the test that faced him, or the ability of the enemy to destroy him, but his heart before God. He exhorted himself not to turn and run but to face a situation:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; (Psalm 139:7-11)

In the same way, when Jacob in all of his “sagacity”, cheated his brother, deceived his blind father and fled. God made it very clear that he could run away from everyone, but not him:

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” (Genesis 28:15)

This is a lesson that every man of God must learn eventually. The natural disposition to face tests with a calm and positive attitude is indispensable. When you present yourself as a worker approved by God, God presents you as an approved worker before men. The newness of life and the dynamic of an abundant spiritual life arise from this principle. However, what we see more of today, in churches, are people with a spent spiritual life, running after excuses to run away or take a pass from the challenges that God presents to them. Passive people, overcome by fear are unwilling to take risks for God’s kingdom. These people are intimidated and defeated.

Researchers claim that 90% of the people in this country are merely searching for excuses, while only 10% are determined to pay the price of responsibility and perseverance. The church spends too much time and effort in striving to prosper and not enough in striving to persevere. Don’t fool yourself, there is no prosperity without approval and there is no approval without perseverance! Christians, who God has constantly reproved, will almost certainly fall into stagnation, insensitivity, depression and spiritual slumber. Because of this, a type of “spiritual suicide” sets in when we try to ignore certain defeats and try to flee from the tests that God brings into our lives. Only as we throw ourselves into the fray of these tests will be come out the other side as approved workmen able to face the pressures of spiritual ministry in this fallen and lost world.

 




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