Fear and Doubt Like Kryptonite

                Odd question, but what is Superman’s number one weakness? If you are a nerd like me, you know the answer is kryptonite. It is a small piece of Superman’s home world that emits radiation and renders Superman’s abilities useless. It weakens him to the point he becomes a normal man. What if Clark Kent grew up with a piece of kryptonite in a necklace or a piece of jewelry, he wore twenty-four-seven? What if he never realized his full potential? He would grow up a normal everyday guy. He wouldn’t be able to soak up the rays of the sun. He wouldn’t have the potential to be “more powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” He would grow up the same as everyone else.

                What if I told you, we have the potential to win spiritual battles? To tap into a power source like Superman taps in to the sun’s yellow rays? What if the issue is, we have been handed kryptonite and not even known it? What if we can be victorious, but we have been weakened by kryptonite so long we forgot we have the power, or we never knew we had power? What if the ability to do the greatest good in the world, required simply tossing the green, glowing, radioactive, piece of junk, away from us? Would you do it? Or are we comfortable being the everyday mild-mannered Clark Kent?

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17 ESV)

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11 ESV)

“Little Children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4)

“And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to case them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. And proclaim as you go, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons” (Matthew 10:1 &7-8 ESV)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12 ESV)

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophesies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 ESV)

The sheep hear his voice and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers” (John 10:3 & 5 ESV)

                I can go on and on with scriptures about the Holy Spirit. The basics are, if you follow Jesus’ commands and truly have relationship with him, you have the Holy Spirit dwelling within you like a temple. You know him, for he dwells in you and is in you. You know his voice. This is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, the same power dwells within you. He is greater than any force, he is certainly greater than the one who runs this world! He gives us authority, and if we give him permission, we will do greater things than Jesus. We have the authority heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and a cast out demons. As long as we DO NOT quench the Spirit!

                We have an enemy. If I was him, I would do everything within my power to convince followers of Christ that they do not have this authority or power. If every follower of Christ has the potential to be victorious like Superman, I would hand them a dose of kryptonite and tell them as often as I can, “they are nothing special.” I would convince them of the following.

“The authority God gave to do these things was for the apostles only.”

“God changed and he doesn’t offer these things to normal human beings.”

“God’s arm is too short; he doesn’t have the power to change your situation.”

“God doesn’t talk to people anymore, so why bother praying, or trying to listen for him.”

“The Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost but only at that time. It was a one time deal never again to happen.”

“The Holy Spirit isn’t for you.”

“You are a temple but you are too broken, so there is no Holy Spirit for you.”

“God doesn’t really care about you; you are too broken to heal anyway.”

“God lied. He isn’t coming, he isn’t answering your prayer because he doesn’t really care for you. It wasn’t that he told you to wait, He just isn’t going to answer it.”

“God can’t be trusted.”

“Did he really say….”

                Sin begins to enter the scene as we listen to the doubts, the fear, and the lies. As we listen our enemy, we begin to doubt that God really cares about us, that we have the power and authority to do great things, that the power of God that raised Jesus lives in us. We begin to quench the spirit, to listen to our enemy, to hold on to the piece of kryptonite. We quit relying on the power of God. We quit believing that we have a powerful God who speaks stars into existence, living in our being. We start to believe that the powers of this world are too strong for God to overcome. We begin to believe that victory is impossible. We sink into depression and allow the sprit of the enemy to invade our lives in the form of this kryptonite, our self-doubts, and keep us in a weakened state. If I was the enemy, that is exactly how I would execute it. If I can convince them, they are powerless, if I can convince them, I am too powerful, If I can convince them, they lack the strength to fight me; I have won the battle. Clark Kent cannot fight the enemy only Superman can. If I can keep Superman down, I win.

                There is a still small voice inside you, crying out to let him fight. Crying out for you to drop the Kryptonite. Calling out to you, “if you would let go of the kryptonite you cling so desperately to, if you would instead, soak up the Son (God’s word), if you unleashed my power that dwells within you; you would unleash an unstoppable force, the power of God. You don’t have to be mild-mannered Clark Kent. You can have victory like Superman. You have a power inside you strong enough to break down every stronghold, to cast out demons, to raise the dead, and to heal the sick. It can be yours if you would let the kryptonite go!”

                There is victory in the Spirit, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 ESV) “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 ESV). “And they have conquered him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death” (Revelation 12:11 ESV). God gives us power over the enemy. We do not have to listen to him. We do not have to hold on to the kryptonite in the from of doubts and fears. We can be more than conquerors by the blood of Jesus.

                I have victory in Jesus. I have been through the ringer. I laid out last week that my day-to-day life is painful. This doesn’t mean I do not have victory. I choose every day to die to myself and chase after the will of God. Even though he chooses not to heal me at this time, and I know he has the power to. All he has to do is speak a word and it would happen. He is allowing me to learn through suffering. It is a choice to release the doubt and fear that wants to plague me. I choose instead to listen to the Spirit that dwells within me. I am more than a conqueror.

                In one of my first blogs, I talked about God calling me out. I was given fear and doubt. The enemy handed me a piece of kryptonite. I had a new situation. Neurological issues, in the form of pain, trembles, and seizures. The enemy started to speak and unfortunately, I started to listen. He convinced me that God couldn’t heal me. That being out of work, would ruin my family. We had a good life. I had a stable job, income, insurance, and I was healthy. Doubt and fear said I would be ruined. My family would suffer and we were in trouble. I listened for a solid month. My fear, my doubt began to grow as things got worse. No doctor could get me in, the shakes got worse, the seizures happened almost daily, and short-term disability paperwork is a nightmare.

                I remember doubt and fear had a hold of me. I was at my wits end. I was angry, hurt, and was at an all-time low punching holes in walls. I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth and I need to let you know, I’ve been there. I held fast to my kryptonite. Unwilling to let God have his will in my life. One day I decided I had had enough and I wanted to quit life. All of it. I was done. I texted my dad. “I give up, I’m done, why is God doing this to me?” After talking with my dad, he prayed that the fear and doubt would be removed. It was then, that I realized I was holding on to lies, fear, and doubt from the enemy. I chose at that moment to drop the kryptonite.

                With the lies, fear, and doubt out of the way, I was able to walk out of the cage I had placed myself in. I had to repent of placing God in a box. I had been convinced that my situation was bigger than God (lie). That God couldn’t help us (doubt). That we wouldn’t have the funds to make it (fear). That we wouldn’t’ be able to find out what is wrong with me (fear).

                God is choosing to use this situation to make me more like him. I am still victorious, like superman. Letting go of the kryptonite is the best decision I ever made. There is victory. Every day is still a fight, but I have no fear, no doubt, and no lies speaking over me now. I have complete trust in God, and victory through the Spirit that lives in me. My life hasn’t been the same. I live every day for God now. I can trust that God will take care of us, and he has.

                “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:19). God is love. In him there is no fear. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). You do not have to listen to fear. You do not have to listen to doubt. You have a crafty enemy who want nothing more than to keep you from victory in Jesus. He employs spirits who will speak lies over you, to put you in a cage, to turn you from Superman to Clark Kent, and keep you there.

                You may not be able to see it, but the blood of Jesus has freed you from the shackles. The prison door is open. If you toss the kryptonite and walk out, the victory can be yours! You have a God who is so much more powerful than the enemy. You have a Spirit that dwells within you, who will speak truth over you. You can overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony. You can be more than a conqueror. Fear and doubt can be cast off, and the victory can be yours. You do no have to remain Clark Kent. You can choose the victory of Superman through the power of the Spirit of God that resides in you.

                You have a power that can remove the enemy. That can remove fear and doubt. You do not have to listen to the father of lies and the devils he employs. You have a Superman in God who want to give you the victory. Who will fight for you! You have the power within you to cast away these spirits that speak lies over you. To remove doubt and fear. I beg you, toss the Kryptonite and unleash the power of God. Like Superman he will fight for you, rescue you, and take the enemy head on. He will give you the victory because he loves you. Choose his love over fear. Choose his light over darkness. Choose his victory over defeat. Drop the kryptonite you cling to, tell the liar to shut up, and walk out of the cage. The battle is the Lord’s and he makes us more than conquerors through his blood.

James Delisle

Published by Hillside Christian Church

We Proclaim: Faith Alone in Jesus Christ is all you need for Salvation! Baptism is an act of obedience following a confession of faith. An outward sign of an inward reality. Sunday Morning at Hillside Adult and Children’s Sunday School — 9:00 a.m Home of the Great Commission: Matthew 28:19-20 Children's Church 10:15 a.m. Worship and Preaching of God’s Word— 10:15 a.m. Praise Band Lead Worship: Easy Listening Contemporary Style and Traditional Music Arrangement

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