Are we guarding the truth with fear?

Does the Lord ever talk to you at night? He does to me. It’s almost funny when I think about it. I’m heading to the bathroom around 1 or 2 A.M. and suddenly I hear Him tell me something I didn’t know. That’s usually how I know it’s Him. I didn’t know it. Let me give you an example from the other night. I had been pondering on the behavior of my two cats. I had noticed that they would sleep in one of their beds for 3 or 4 days, and then on day 5 switch it up and sleep in a different bed. And they both do it. It might seem silly, but I had wondered why. So this particular night, coming back from the bathroom, I heard Him tell me that it’s because of instinct and fear of predators. If they stay in one place too long, their scent gets too powerful and a predator might find them while they are sleeping. So, they switch it up regularly. Makes sense, right? But, my real question from all this was, why did He tell me the answer? After 46 years of knowing Him, I know that He never wastes words and if He tells me something, there’s always a good reason. I probably could have looked that one up on google and found the answer. So why did He tell me the reason? 

When I got up the next morning, I wrote my question in my journal. Not the answer to the cats, but the question of why He had answered me about something so simple. And that’s where it got interesting for me. Never ever assume. If God tells you something, don’t dismiss it. He usually has something deeper He wants to teach you. That morning when I asked Him why He had told me what He did, sadly, I didn’t wait around for the answer. My mistake. The next day, He admonished me about not waiting for an answer. I confessed to Him, that I wasn’t really expecting Him to tell me, so I had moved on. His response to my confession took me by surprise. He told me that I had allowed my doubts about hearing His voice, to protect me. I know. You’re wondering what on earth I could mean by that. Let me explain. Fear of deception is a constant struggle for me. What if I’m wrong, what if what I heard was my own imagination, or worse, the enemy. What if it’s not really the Holy Spirit talking to me? So, in my fear of being deceived, I doubt. Hence, I allow fear and unbelief to guard my spiritual ears and my heart. Lack of faith is never a protection against deception, because it is based in fear. Fear does not protect you or me. Ever!

The only one thing that will protect me against deception is the Lord. His Word, His Holy Spirit, His wisdom will guard my heart and mind “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3) and  “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). 

But if that was not bad enough, the Lord went on to tell me that I was allowing pride, or false humility from actually trusting that I could hear His voice. Surely, I am not so special that the Lord would talk to me? And why wouldn’t He talk to me? Why wouldn’t He talk to you! He tells us in John 10:3-5 that those who are His sheep know His voice:

 “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.

Notice that He not only tells us that His sheep follow Him because they know His voice, but that they DO NOT know the voice of strangers! Hello. 

The Lord protects us, but in order for Him to do that, we have to know His voice. Knowing His voice requires work on our part. First, we have to believe that He wants to talk to us. Second, we have to believe that He is talking to us. Fear and unbelief do not guard and protect us. They actually keep us from hearing His voice because fear is always from the enemy. God does not use fear to guard us. I want to point out that this is not the fear of the Lord I am talking about here. That is something entirely different. Fear of the Lord is actually part of the Holy Spirit. Isaiah tells us this: 

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,  And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”   Isaiah 11:1-2

So, if you’re still with me, are you interested in knowing why the Lord used the cat’s behavior to teach me all this? There is actually a connection between what I was doing and what the cat’s are doing. We were both allowing fear to protect us. The cats move to different sleeping locations out of fear. In the wild this would be wisdom. In the wild this would actually protect them from a predator. However, these are not outdoor cats. They live in my house, a safe place, free from predators. Yet, they still allow fear to guide them. I live under the shelter of His wings. Psalm 91 makes this very clear: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust. “He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:1-4) 

Am I suggesting that I could never be deceived? Absolutely not! However, to protect me from deception I will ask for wisdom and discernment. I will not allow fear to guard and protect me. That, honestly is like asking the fox to guard the hen house. I mean, think about. Would fear, the fear that comes from the enemy, really protect me? No, of course not. Jesus rebuked His disciples far too often for their fear and unbelief. I hope that I have the faith and the courage to trust Him in the future when I hear His voice. 

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