Many have erroneously thought it was God who permitted satan to buffet Job and make him suffer so he would be humble. That’s not true! Job’s fear was his undoing! He created a platform for satan to come in and mess things up in his life by voicing his fears. Job was a man whom God had greatly blessed and protected. Satan knew this, for he said, “hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” (Job 1:10).
Satan had hitherto tried to attack Job and found that the man was heavily fortified by God; there was a spiritual hedge of protection around him. How then did satan gain access through that hedge to attack Job? Our opening scripture reveals what happened: Job allowed the spirit of fear to take a hold of his heart! Despite God’s protection over his life, which even satan attested to, Job lamented, “…the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came” (Job 3:25-26). Hence God said to satan “See, all that he has is in your power…
Job’s problem was his fear, and fear hinders faith. Fear is actually negative faith; it’s a demonstration of faith in the ability of the adversary to hurt you. And according to the scriptures, God doesn’t alter His Word. The moment Job started talking his fears, he was digging holes in the protective hedge God had built around him. Ecclesiastes 10:8 says, “... whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” Job delivered his goods to satan through the perverseness of his lips—by talking and acting fear.
Never talk fear or give voice to words inspired by fear. Continually fill your heart with the Word of God, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34). When you fill your heart with the Word, your mouth will of necessity speak from the rich deposit of the Word in your spirit.
CONFESSIONHeavenly Father, I thank you for giving me the spirit of love, power and a sound mind! I declare that fear has no place in me. My mouth is filled today with faith-filled words by which I create circumstances which are consistent with the new creation life I have in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome