It’s very easy to fall into a state of fear, anxiety, dread and stress – there are so many things happening that are beyond your control and you aren’t very happy about any of it!
Abraham had just been through a battle. He’d fought victoriously, paid his tithes and received blessings from God. Now, on his way home, he gets hit with fear.
When does discouragement and fear hit? When you’re hungry, angry, lonely or tired. That’s when you feel like giving up: you look at all the needs you have and feel like you don’t have very much to show for your efforts. But, thank God, we have a God who knows your needs!
Genesis 15:1“After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”
God met Abraham where he was and brought him a word of strength and encouragement! God knows where you are! And, He knows what your needs are! He’s not a God who is far off, He is the “right here God!”
Genesis 15:2 “And Abram said, Lord God, what will thou give me…” Abraham was grateful for being protected in battle. He was thankful for his material blessings. He was glad for a godly wife, but his heart was broken because he wanted a child of his own, and they had no children!
Sometimes God has blessed you so abundantly in some areas that you feel bad asking Him for the ONE area that is breaking your heart. You think, “He’s blessed me with so much – how could l ask Him for the ONE thing that would bring meaning to my life? I’d seem ungrateful.”
That’s what the flesh, or the natural mind will tell you, but FAITH tells you to be bold and ask God for what is on your heart! Abraham wanted more than anything to have a son and he told God what was in his heart. God wants to hear from your heart, and for you to draw near to Him by faith, because you KNOW He cares for you. ”Casting all your cares on Him for He careth for you.”
In Genesis 15:5, “God brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward Heaven, and count the start, if thou be able to number them: and God said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”
Part of God’s caring for you is to give you godly vision. God will show you big things in your spirit man! He will give you vision for how your life will be with His blessing on it! It’s that vision from God that He plants in your heart that gives you faith, hope and inspiration!
Now listen to this: Genesis 15:6 says, “And Abraham believed the Lord, and God counted it to him for righteousness.”
That’s one of the most important verses in the whole Bible! Abraham believed God and God counted it to him for righteousness! When you believe God, He counts you as being righteous! That’s what the righteousness of God by faith is all about! Believing the Lord and God counting it as righteousness.
When you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you shall be saved! Your believing sets the stage for your receiving. If you don’t believe, you won’t receive.
Now look: When Abraham believed God and was counted righteous, the first thing he did was he sacrificed. He made a sacrificial offering to God. For him, a sacrificial offering was a heifer cow, a goat, a ram, a turtledove and a pigeon. This was more than a $1,000 offering!
When you are walking in fellowship with God and believing the vision He put in your heart, you become a sacrificial giver. But, with sacrificial giving, there is still spiritual warfare that goes on. When you’re walking in faith, God leads you, by the Holy Spirit, like He did Abraham, to sacrifice, to plant a seed in the work of God. Then, the enemy comes to try to devour your seed, to devour your offering.
Here’s exactly what happened when Abraham sacrificed to His God: Genesis 15:11-12 And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
The enemy will come and try to take away your offering, your gift, before it is able to accomplish its purpose in God! Jesus said that it works the same way in the New Testament. The enemy comes to devour your seed! Does God know how this feels? YES! The enemy comes also to devour Gods seed, which is the Word of God sown into peoples’ lives!
Here is what Jesus said in Mark 4:3-4 “Behold, there went out a sower to sow:  And it same to pass, as he sowed some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. ”When you sow your seed, you can be certain the enemy will try to devour it up! Jesus said in Mark 4:15: “And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard Satan cometh immediately and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
Like Abraham, you have to drive away the fowls of the air from the sacrificial gift God put on your heart! You have to keep feeding your faith and acting on faith, and driving the enemy away! That’s what I have to do, it’s what Rev. McCoy has to do, it’s what Rev. Michelle has to do, and it’s what YOU have to do!
See, a lot of people have the mistaken idea that if you’re walking by faith everything is easy! NO! It’s not like that! Every good thing you do is a challenge, because the devil challenges you just like he challenges God!
The enemy just loves to come after God’s people with a spirit of fear! The spirit of fear is manifested by anxiety, depression, bitterness, anger, stress and even discouragement. Here’s how it happened to Abraham:
Genesis 15:12, “And when the sun, was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.”
Abraham began to go into a time of darkness, and then, he felt lulled to, sleep. The enemy wanted Abraham (and you) to lose his vision, and to turn back in fear. 2 Tim. 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
That sleep that the enemy sends keeps you from seeing what’s going on around you! That’s why so many, Christians’ marriages are falling apart, their finances are in a shambles, and their kids are going to hell and they I don’t even see it coming!
“Wherefore he saith, [in Ephesians 5:14] Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light.”
You MUST realize there are rules and principles in walking by faith, in the Spirit! Abraham stayed focused on God and on the promises of God, even when he was losing light, falling asleep and being attacked by a spirit of fear!
Now look: ln Genesis 15:17-18, “And it came to pass, that when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.  In the same day the Lord made a covenant Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land…”
God sent a light into Abraham’s darkness! Abraham stayed faithful, and God came to him in his time of darkness! God received Abraham’s sacrifice, and gave Abraham light in his darkness, just like it said there in Ephesians!
This is the same thing that God says in Job 22:27-29 “Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.  When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. ”
Abraham prayed, heard from God, made his sacrifice, his vow, and told God what he really wanted in life. Then, when you’re faithful in your time of darkness and fear, God will shine His light on your path! And, then, when OTHER people are going through the same thing, you’ll be there to encourage and strengthen them, because God has already done it for you!
There is a power in walking in these Bible principles. Make your request known to God! Make your sacrificial gift! Use the Word of God to keep the fowls of the air away from your gift! And, God will give YOU light!