Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ – Deuteronomy 4:10
When you lose your faith in God, you begin to grow fearful. When you don’t trust the Lord, fear will assault you from every side. Let’s make a parallel to our times. You might say, “Pastor, how do I fight this fear of not knowing what people will do or what will happen to me if I stand on the word? People will reject me. We will lose our friends. My business may struggle. How can I deal with this fear?” It’s very simple: Deuteronomy 4:10, “Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’” You have to hear the word of God – the preached word of God – to combat, knock down, and defeat the fear of man and the fear of the world. The preaching of the word of God is a primary means to dislodge the fear of man, the fear of the flesh, and the fear of the world out of your soul and to plant the true fear of God in your soul. That’s why I’ve often said that I would drive two hours one way to put my children and my family under the clear, strong preaching of the word of God.
Some of you think that if you just have a discipleship group or a Bible study group or a women’s prayer fellowship, then you’re okay. Now, that might be okay, but only if you have first fulfilled your commitment to your local church. You made a ministry commitment when you joined the local church. Other things can be okay but they are secondary. I’m not saying that those groups are bad and unnecessary, but God has not abandoned His ordained means for His people to be strengthened and sanctified and matured in the faith. I had to learn that as a young man in the ministry. I was going to start this group, and I was going to start that group. But God got me one day and said, “Will you pour yourself into a local church? That’s My plan. That’s My ordained means of building My kingdom and discipling My people. Quit being prideful about all this stuff you’re going to do!”
Listen, when I minister God’s way by God’s means, He gets the credit. If I start my own group separate from God’s way and God’s means, then I get some credit. But God’s way is what He told Moses to tell the people of Israel: give the people the word of God and that will strengthen them in their faith.