Sequel to last week’s article on the above subject, here is the concluding part of the story of the four leprous men who fearlessly marched into the camp of the enemy in anticipation of a favorable outcome even in the face of total despondency.
2 Kings 7:5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
The leprous men made a decision and this informed the action that followed. Note, not only their own actions but also that of the adversary. Your decision to be fearless will determine the action of your adversary. They got to the camp and low and behold the Syrian Army was gone, the Lord amplified the steps of four leprous men and made it sound like that of a mighty army. Stop waiting for God to move when God is actually waiting for you to make that move. The moment you make a decision to face your fear, you have automatically sent a message of victory to the situation, your fearless decision will affect your disposition and when your adversary senses victory in your voice, they become concerned and may want to reconsider their position.
Your fearlessness strengthens you and weakens your adversary. Your fearlessness sends shivers down the spine of your enemy. Your fearlessness sends confusion to the camp of the enemy. I can imagine how Goliath felt when he saw a fearless David running towards him with a sling in his hand, before he could figure out what David was up to, the rock hit him and he fell down dead. Fred Hammond in one of his songs wrote ‘faith will bind, confuse and break the enemy and cause his hands to be still’ when you exercise your faith in the face of fear and move in spite of your fear, it is called courage. I have come to learn from experience that what we are afraid of most of the time is often also afraid of us; it’s only a matter of who will first shift ground. For instance a dog will bark at you from afar because of fear, you will notice that if you keep moving towards it, it will tend to recede but if you run it will pursue. Friend, if you chose to be fearless and stand to face your fear, you will be surprised that your fear will give way.
I say to you in the name of Jesus. Fear not!
2 Kings 7:6 KJV –  For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
I wonder what came over the Syrian army that made them abandon their camp to flee like they did. Looking back to the beginning, they had besieged Samaria and held the people captive within their walls, cut them off supplies of food for so long to the point where they became so impoverished and turned cannibals. How could such a people muster strength to fight back or how could they have mobilized for help from other countries? Even if they did, how did the army get into Samaria and fight back when in actual fact they had laid siege that prevented entry or exit. Then I realized that Fear makes one to imagine things that are not. They were so afraid and began to imagine things. The same applies to us, when we are afraid; our imagination tends to run wild. Fear affects your imagination and your imagination affects your action. When you succumb to fear, you will have already lost the battle in your mind even before you started the fight. Fear is what makes one run when nothing is pursuing, Fear will make you forget your initial plan and make one act spontaneously. Fear makes you see yourself less than who you are, makes you see yourself as a victim instead of a victor. It is so contagious and spreads like wild fire. Imagine how it spreads so fast in the camp of the Syrian army. When you see people running, you tend to want to run even when you don’t know what and why they were running. This spontaneous action is a result of fear in your heart and you have to deal with it so it doesn’t deal with you. I charge you once again, Fear not!
2 Kings 7:7 KJV –  Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
There is a lot to lose when you are fearful, first, you lose hope, then your faith fails and strength becomes abated. This gives birth to discouragement and loss of face in the sight of the enemy. Above all you lose your identity as a child of God because fear is not of God but of the devil. The bible says in Romans 8:15 ‘For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Also the word says in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. So then if God did not give fear, where did you get it from? The devil of course.
2 Kings 7:8. And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
When you make a decision to be fearless, you have nothing to lose but a lot to gain. Just like the leprous men, all options available to them were dead end, so they reasoned that they had nothing to lose but to move, at least it is better to die trying. When you fearlessly make a move by faith, you will be amazed that you may end up having more than you expected. Victory is guaranteed, and with victory comes Prestige, honor, respect, dignity, pride, riches, wealth and prosperity. Above all you discover your true identity and that gives you courage and testimony to fight other battles because you know you will always win if you don’t give up. So I say to you again, fear not!
For Further Study:
Psalm 27, Isaiah 35:4
Questions for Reflection:
- Are you ready to be fearless despite what your situation says?
- Are you ready to fight fear in your mind, and let it translate in your actions?
I am a fearless child of God!