start taking God at His Word. And as far as going there, you don’thave to. The Enemy is aggressive and he’ll bring the battle to you.
Then God gave me the opportunity to sit under the teaching of Dr. Neil Anderson (Freedom in Christ Ministries). Dr. Anderson is
a theologian, a pastoral counselor, and a world-renowned teacher. Just the fact that I was having lunch with him at Chili’s across the
street from the Williamson Memorial Gardens was amazing enough.
But as we ate, my husband and I listened to Dr. Anderson ramble.And when Dr. Anderson rambles he says more than most peoplesay when they deliver well-prepared messages. In the midst of hisrambling, he asked us this question: “Wouldn’t it make sense thatwe truly worship that which we most fear?”
I thought for a moment and agreed. Yes, it does make sense
that what we fear most we worship. Our fear drives us to adjust our
behavior so that we honor the object of our fear. I nodded in agree-
ment and thought of the people in India who feared Shiva—thegod of curses personified in the form of a blue snake. They broughtShiva gifts, bowed down before idols of Shiva, placed this image of Shiva in their homes, and wrapped Shiva around their necks. TheHindu people in India worshiped Shiva out of fear.
As I was thinking of Shiva, Dr. Anderson brought his point
home with this: “Many Christians fear Satan more than God.”Wham.Ever have that happen to you? It takes the wind out of yoursails, doesn’t it? Makes you want to sit down and try to shake theimpact. Do I fear Satan more than I fear God? Just as I was trying to wrestle with the thought, he continued,“And that which you fear most becomes a god to you.”Images of idol worship came to my mind. And suddenly I real-ized that in avoiding the subject of spiritual warfare, I had inad-vertently become a worshiper of idols. I had allowed my fear of theEnemy to supersede my worship of God. I was guilty of allowingmy fear to drive me to “worship” a lesser god.