Fear Has Many Faces
by Tsion Tesfay
In 2009, I was living with my sister and brother-in-law, in the UK. It was 6:00 am, someone was knocking on the front door, and they were not calling from the intercom! When my brother-in-law opened the door, there were six immigration officers standing there. They asked about my children and me, then opened the door of the bedroom where we were asleep! These men were there to take us to the detention center! They wanted to deport us that very moment!
I suddenly saw a vision of the chariots of fire surrounding us, just as with Elisha when he asked God to open the eyes of his servant to see that those who were with them were more than those who were against them.
I calmly told the officers that I had an ongoing case in the European human rights court and if they would allow me to turn on the computer, I would print out the proof of this. So, they agreed to wait. A couple of them stayed in the room, to make sure the children wouldn’t run away. The other four men followed me to the living room, and to the computer. I printed out the document; they called their head office, then hung up, and thanked me for my cooperation. They apologized for disturbing us so early, then left.
Later, when I spoke to my attorney, she said, “I’m surprised they didn’t take you. Many people show them the exact same document and they still take them.” I shared my vision with her and praised God for showing her His glory.
“And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So, he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
II Kings 6:15-17 (NKJV)
Look at the scripture above, that my vision was based on. When the servant saw the huge army, fear hit him instantly. This is the very reason Elisha prayed that God would allow his servant to see the truth. Likewise, God saw how fear hit me when the door to my bedroom opened, and there were all of those officers standing at the foot of my bed! He showed me that vision so I would hold on to His promise, that He would never leave me nor forsake me. This made me refuse to come into agreement with the spirit of fear and aligned me with the vision that God had shown me.
Fear comes knocking at our doors almost daily, wearing many faces, but we have the choice to not come into agreement with it, just as I did. When we choose correctly, the situation shifts and we get a better outcome.
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