These lines are from the Forward to a new book by Bruce Hills called “FEARPROOF”. I read the first few lines and God said, “share that part” and I see why because as you will see yourself and the Father Heart of God right away and understand what He wants us to read and learn to live with fear of nothing.
(Quote from book) Some years ago I heard the account of a British anthropologist who was studying an American Indian tribe in the late 1800s. The tribe was located in the north-eastern United States, not too far from the Canadian border. In his absorbing report he wrote about a unique ceremony this particular tribe held to initiate a boy of about 13 years old. The purpose of the ceremony was to create a brave.
Up to this point in the boy’s life, he had been taught many skills for subsistence living: fishing, hunting and fire-making. To prove his bravery however, he had to undergo something he had not been prepared for. All the braves would take the boy deep into the surrounding forest, moving on until they came to unfamiliar territory. The boy would be escorted far from home, beyond any recognizable landmark.
When they reached the designated site, it would be nearly sunset. All the men would then leave without even the hint of a good-bye or any instructions. To prove his courage, the boy had to remain in the forest alone all night and somehow find his way back to his village.
Wisely, the first thing he’d do would be to build a fire. In that part of the United States there are grizzly bears and mountain lions, along with other dangers. Sleep would escape him as he stood vigilantly by the fire. Every time he heard a twig snap or the rustle of a bush he knew to fear the sudden onrush of one of these predators. Yet, to demonstrate his manhood, he had to wait out the night despite any inward terror or tremor.
As the first rays of dawn pierced the forest canopy, the young Indian boy would begin to get a better view of his surroundings. The first thing he would notice was that he had actually been left on a track that would lead him home. But the second and more important discovery was that somebody else was there with him. Because of the darkness, that person had been hidden from his sight. His father had been silently and stealthily watching over him all night with bow and arrow at the ready, protecting him against every predator.
The boy had felt vulnerable, exposed and fearful, but his fear was needless. His father had been watching over him all night.
This story is reminiscent of Psalm 121: 5-8 which states:
‘The LORD watches over you — the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.’
Sometimes we feel vulnerable, exposed and fearful because of the ‘dark’ experiences we are enduring. No matter how dark our ‘night’ becomes, we do not need to fear because our Father is watching over us.
However, fear is a very real human emotion. How do we control, curtail or master our fears? God’s Word gives us some answers.
It may come as a surprise, but the most common command God gave people in Scripture was: ‘Do not fear.’[ 1] God knows our human nature and its propensity to fear. As we read Scripture (and we know from our own human experience), fear is often an automatic human response to unexpected tragedies, trials or overwhelming circumstances. In God’s Word we read that the Lord often spoke into the lives of people in crisis, turmoil or threat with the command: ‘Do not be afraid.’
The questions most inquisitive readers will be asking are, ‘How do I respond to the command, “Do not fear”? How can I proactively and purposefully overcome the fears affecting my life?’ We find the answers to these valid questions in the pages and principles of Scripture.
In this book, we will chronologically trace many of the references to ‘do not fear’ in the Old Testament. This will not be an exhaustive list, but a representative list of the key times when God, or a key Old Testament character, issued the command not to be afraid. As we unpack the pages of Scripture, our quest is to identify why God said, ‘Fear not.’ In other words, what did God reveal about himself or his purposes that became the basis for why they were instructed not to be afraid?
Each chapter looks at one Old Testament incident where the Lord said, ‘Do not fear.’ In each case, we’ll seek to identify the specific fear which the Lord addressed, then enunciate the reasons why God told a person or group of people not to be afraid. I’m sure you’ll be able to identify with the characters and circumstances and apply their lessons to the realities of your life. (End Quote)
Are you as excited about reading this book as I am? Just taking these excerpts out to show you has got me ready to read all night! We all suffer from fear and need to know the insights this book contains. God is speaking to us in so many ways right now and it is like fast track learning for all who will take the time and hear God’s Heart for us. It is available at Amazon for under $10 and you can be reading it for yourself in just a few minutes!
Bruce Hills. Fearproof: How to Overcome the Paralysing Power of Fear (Kindle Locations 115-124). CityHarvest International. Kindle Edition.