Things That Aren’t Even There!

On May 26, 2009, in the middle of the night, I heard Jesus say, “Things that aren’t even there we tend to encourage”.  I rehearsed what I heard over and over again so I could remember exactly how and what He said to me. I knew this word of wisdom was given for a reason and I needed to understand it.

In my morning quite time and throughout the week, I kept growing this revelation to see how it applied to my life.  I wanted to think this word was for others to hear, thinking I didn’t struggle with fear, dread or a runaway imagination but in truth we all deal with things that aren’t even there.

Fear is the Greek word “phóbos” where we get the word phobia. Fear means to be struck with fear or seized with alarm.  Wikipedia states Phobia as an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or people. There are thousands of phobias listed today, just about one for everything named from A to Z.  You can read more on phobia at Phobialist.com.

Fear Has Torment

fear“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

Jesus was telling me things that aren’t even there, things that aren’t even real, they don’t exist but somehow as humans we tend to encourage them as if they were real. We meditate on them and what starts out as a thought of what could be grows in to a full blown episode of fear. Fear will take hold of you if you allow it!

“Fear took hold upon them there, [and] pain, as of a woman in travail.” Psa. 48:6

False Evidence Appearing Real

In the last two weeks, I have had plenty of opportunity to practice this word in my life and I’ve realized I struggle in this area. In fact, we all are faced with the opportunity each day to shrink back in fear from those things that aren’t even real.

I’ll give you an example. The boss calls you into your office and says, “There’s something I would like to discuss with you, can you come to my office?” I’ve had bosses over the years do this to me and it’s really easy to let the mind run away with thoughts of dread. You know…fear, the worst is about to happen! The mind races ahead a breakneck speed as it begins to create what it thinks might occur. There is no end to our imaginations and to the fearful possibilities of what is about to happen, like he’s going to fire me, he’s disappointed in my performance, I’m about to get reassigned! You see, we do tend to encourage what isn’t even there! It’s not real nor will it ever be.

“They were in great fear, [where] no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth [against] thee: thou hast put [them] to shame, because God hath despised them.” Psa. 53:5

I learned over the years that those steps I took walking to the boss’s office were better spent praying and declaring God’s favor over my life than encouraging what isn’t even there (real).

People encourage fantasy of all kinds; it’s woven into our being from a child. It’s part of our creation to imagine. We were told that Santa Claus and Superman were real as well as a host of fictional characters. I strongly believed in Superman as a child and would lay out on the grass in the yard waiting to see him high in the sky with his cape flying in the wind as he swept past over my house.  Eventually I determined he wasn’t even real.

Time proves out what is real and what isn’t real. The media markets the news more as entertainment driven by ratings. In order to get ratings they will jump on any story that can promote their ratings. The easiest way to do that is by peddling F-E-A-R. The most recent episode was the Swine Flu scare of early 2009. It made people tune in for a while and it was great for ratings, but in the end it didn’t materialize as they hoped it would. They had to move on to something else.

“In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Psa. 56:4

Fear! God refuses to allow His children to live in fear! God requires us to live by faith and not allow our lives to be dictated by fear. Fear shuts down our ability to accomplish anything for the Kingdom of God. Fear leads us into sin! That’s right! Fear is sin to God. “So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hbr. 13:6

Abraham slept with Hagar out of fear. Fear kept the Hebrew nation from entering into the promise land for a generation. Elijah ran in fear from Jezebel after his great day of victory by killing her false prophets due to her threat! Peter stopped walking on water due to fear.

Fear and its cousin “dread” are constantly tormenting our lives. How many times have we thought, “I dread going to see the doctor for what he might tell me,” or “Oh, I dread work tomorrow.”

IRSMy wife and I received a large envelope in the mail from the IRS some years ago. We kept passing it back and forth trying to get the other to open it. Neither one of us wanted to know what was inside this envelope that came from the evil empire of the IRS. My wife opened it and gave it to me to read, I was in such fear that I couldn’t even understand what it was saying. After a few days of dread, I picked up the documents again and read that the IRS wanted us to sign and agree that they owed us money due to an error where we failed to claim all our exemptions on a past filing. The IRS owed us $1800! What we feared didn’t happen, it wasn’t real and it turned out to be a blessing! A God lesson on fear.

“After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.” Gen. 15:1 The father of our faith was instructed to “Fear not” so God could bring him into all he had promised him.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” Exd. 14:13

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

In the days we currently live in, we will see great and terrible things which will cause many to fear. The events of September 11, 2001 caused this nation to fear for a short time. People ran to God for protection only to leave within a few weeks of time. So many Christians are tormented today in fear because they don’t trust God to protect, to provide and to care for them. The recent Swine Flu scare, clearly tells me that our nation and our world live in fear. We’re not trusting in God daily. Running to God in time of need is not the same as “Abiding” in Him daily.

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Rev. 2:10

We must stop fearing those things which aren’t real; encouraging things that aren’t even there and begin immediately to turn to God when we start to feel fear. Fear brings torment with it and it will cause the saint of God to draw back from the things of God, the ever Consuming Fire. We must press into Him in order to stand strong in today and in the things which are coming upon the earth in the days and years ahead.

We must build upon the foundation of the Rock and become Psalm 91 people which reads:

Ninety First Psalms

imagination“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, {But} it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the LORD, my refuge, {Even} the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him {securely} on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.” Ps. 91: 1-16

My wife heard the Father say many Christians are living a “busy life” because that is their identity. To slow down and make the necessary changes will cause the loss of their identity, of being needed and important. This is a fear driven life of that which isn’t even there (real).

Fear keeps many Christians from wanting to hear God for themselves because they fear He will tell them something they don’t want to do. If we allow it, fear will keep us from stepping out in faith when God does show or tell us to do something.

The storms of life will come so we must build our house on the foundation which is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Don’t delay walking in truth and being a doer of the Word of Truth. Allow God to send you into the boot camp of faith! When God allows resistance to come into your life, welcome it for it is the resistance that makes you strong just like the person in the gym lifting weights. If the resistance isn’t there then there will be no increase in strength.

Jesus said, “He is like a man which builds a house, he dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:48-49

May you be blessed by the wisdom of this message!

Bro. Bill



  • Elisha Followed Elijah to Capture His Anointing

    “So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs {of oxen} before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So he returned from following him, and took the pair of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave {it} to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.” 1 Ki. 19:19-21.

    fieldElisha demonstrated his desire to go forth and carry that mantle, so he went and slaughtered his oxen, broke up his plow, made a fire and offered up his oxen to the Lord as a sacrifice.  The sacrifice he was making was more than just burning the oxen and the plow! That oxen and plow were his way of making a living, it was his way to feeding himself and his family. It was his job and his identity and Elisha demonstrated that he was willing to give it all up to follow Elijah the man of God, in order to take hold of the mantel and capture his anointing.  Elisha was going to follow Elijah because he trusted God to take care of him even if it meant losing his source of income and leaving his home behind.

    Here is what Holy Spirit revealed to me today. I did the same thing when an angel appeared to me in a dream in June of 2005. The angel said, “It’s time to go!” I said, “Am I being fired?” The angel said, “It’s time to go!” I said, “What about all my stuff?” He said, “You don’t need that anymore.” I got up from my desk, walked down a long hallway with the angel walking along to my left.  I was staring at the blazer the angel was carrying knowing it represented a mantel and realized, the only way to take hold of the mantel was to be obedient to the call of God, to quit my job and to follow Him.

    My wife and I have done just as Elisha did. Elisha took the pair of oxen, sacrificed them, boiled their flesh with the implements of the plow, and fed the meat to the people. The he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him. My wife and I have let go of our livelihood by sacrificing our jobs and careers, our income, our identity, our home, our friends, our church and our city to follow the call of God.  It sounds easy when we read about Elisha doing this, but try putting yourself in his sandals for a minute. When you’ve been established in a career for a number of years, you’re salary far exceeds your needs, you live in a beautiful home, have new cars, nice clothes and then one day you’re told by God to give it all up and follow God into the unknown, what then?!

    And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mat. 8:34-35

    The disciples gave up their livelihood to follow Jesus. Peter gave up his fishing business, Matthew his tax collector position and they questioned Jesus.  “Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mat. 10:28-30

    Several years ago, we did as Elisha, we sacrificed our livelihood upon the Holy altar of God saying, “We desire the things of God more than the things of this world and we trust You to take care of us!” That makes me all the more certain that God will provide for us because we are willing to follow Him and His plan for our lives.

    My wife and I both sensed in the Spirit that a “move” was coming. We had entries in our journals and God was showing us the location we would move and the house we would live in long before the word came for us to actually quit our jobs and to follow Him. My wife saw the move coming before I did but she ask God to show me as well, which is wisdom. She patiently waited for God to reveal the plan to me without hinting or saying a word about her revelation. She trusted God to show me as well then we would both be on the same page. This is vital for a successful move in God’s plan.

    elijahI began seeing in the first of the year in 2003 but didn’t get the release from God to quit my job until June of the same year when the angel came in the dream. We were also in close consultation with the Pastors of the church in the city were we knew God was appointing us live and to attend church. God had led them through a similar move years prior to ours. They would caution us by saying, “Just be certain that you have heard God.”  When, and only when we knew beyond any doubt, did we resign from our positions and move.

    If you’re going to yoke up with a minister of God you will follow in the same footsteps that they have walked in if you’re going to capture their anointing. Elisha followed Elijah to Gilgal (a wheel rolling), Bethel (house of God) and to Jericho (its moon, Jericho is a very fertile land). I like the symbolism of the three destinations Elisha followed Elijah to. When you put the meaning of the three names together, it says that Elijah and Elisha we’re rolling along to the house of God which is in a fertile land that shines like the moon.

    I can’t stress enough that you have to know for certain, beyond any doubt, that you’ve heard God before sacrificing your livelihood, or you could end up with nothing.  All you will have accomplished is getting rid of your income, your possessions, your witness and quite possibly leading to anger with God because your expectations weren’t met. If you give away your things without God specifically telling you to, all you end up with is nothing and there’s no reward for that. Don’t be foolish with the things God has provided for you.

    God doesn’t ask everyone to quit their jobs and move to the unknown. Often when someone gets saved, the first thing they want to do is quit their job and become a witness to the world. How about becoming a witness for God where you are currently before going out into the world? God requires us to follow Him with our hearts and to take up our cross daily where we are presently appointed regardless of what He has in His plan for our lives and futures.

    You can’t think God told you to move, you have to know He told you to move and have multiple confirmations if necessary. It is a very Holy thing to God and if you take it lightly you will surely be in for a let down. Knowing God had directed you to move doesn’t mean it will be easy. In fact, to follow God where He leads you is a very difficult thing to do. Be certain that to take this step, it will be filled of trials, unknowns and darkness.  Fear will tear away at your faith, so that is why you must know without question that God has told you to move. The verse below says because I have heard what you said it illuminates my walk and lights up my path in the darkness of the unknown. God allows you only to see so far and no more at anyone time.

    Thy word (speech, word, speaking)[is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

    And I close with this…Know that if God is in it with you then you’re anointed to perform what He has required you to do. Stand in your faith, don’t waver, no matter how hard the times are, or how long they last, for with God all things come in seasons. You will get you life back…eventually!

    Hear God!!!!!

    Bro. Bill