Confusion is darkness. Ignorance is darkness. And so if you’re walking in confusion and ignorance but
you’re saying, ‘Nah, I’m walking with the Lord. I’m walking in all the Light I have,’ you are lying.
I’ve noticed over the years and first John shows this, that EVERY BODY in the Body of Christ, every body
that has ever made Jesus Lord of their life, I don’t care if you haven’t been to church 5 seconds in your life,
EVERY BODY knows that you’re supposed to love one another and every body knows that forgiveness is
And that refusal to act on that and refusal to do it, ‘Yeah, but I can’t do that. I’ll tell you what, I can forgive,
but I’ll never forget.’ You know better than to hold a grudge and be angry – which will put the Light out.
Brother Hagin used to say this all the time: “Every step out of love is a step into the darkness.” So, every
step out of love is a step out of Light.
Every step out of love, is a step into FEAR.
I John 1:7
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
I John 4:18
There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.
But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
…casteth out fear, for fear has torment… An act of unforgiveness, an act of disobedience like that
immediately puts you in a place of fear. Fear is not just being frightened. Fear works when you don’t sense
fear at all.
Fear’s major job is not to scare you.
Fear’s major job is to torment you and to cause you to DOUBT the Word of God. That’s what it
does before it does anything else. That’s the reason Jesus so many times said, ‘Fear NOT! Believe only and
she shall be made whole. Fear NOT.’ He’s dealing with death. He could have said a lot of things, but He
dealt with fear FIRST.
So, this thing of unforgiveness is just deadly.
One manifestation of fear that I have found a lot of Christians don’t identify is… you know fear is in degrees,
and there’s a spectrum of fear. Well, there is paralyzing fear, and that is the largest degree of torment.
But then all the way down here at the other end of it, there is DREAD.
Dread. And that is fear but it’s just not full blown fear, like paralyzing fear. But this nagging dread…
‘I dread to do that. I’m not looking forward to that.’
What is that? It is a smaller measure of fear.
Why would you dread to do it? If you shouldn’t be doing it, don’t do it.
But if it is something you SHOULD be doing, you SHOULD be doing it in FAITH.
Keith Moore, Faith Life Church, Branson, MO; Kenneth Copeland, KCM.org