2 Timothy 1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
There are two types of fear: the first being fear – as in reverence and awe, and honouring God. This is a fear all Christians should have. However, it is not this fear that I am sharing on today.
It’s the other one. Its dictionary definition expresses it as: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Also, I have found this to be true. For most of the things we fear even though they’ve not occurred, we live in fear of them occurring. For most people who are afraid of the dark, it is not actually the darkness they are afraid of, it is the events of what can occur in the dark. People fear the ‘What ifs?’ Even when something happens, like a traumatic event, it is the fear of what’s going to happen next that grips them, not the actual event itself! Fear is the opposite of trust. Fear of being poor keeps rich people living like they are in poverty. Fear of losing your job when you are employed, takes you from your joy. You have a job but instead of getting on with it, you fear losing it.
The Bible says this in Luke 21:26, ‘Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’
Fear causes one to say the wrong things, make the wrong decisions and miss the best opportunities of life. Peter hesitated on the water. Fear caused him to cut the guard’s ear in the garden. Fear caused him to deny Jesus. Fear has a direct effect on someone’s health.
Fear of the past – The Bible says we are new creatures. Fear makes one think terrible things. If you fear failure, you will constantly think and meditate on it. And the Bible says, “… as a man thinks so he is.”
You see, fear is what prevents us from reaching our full potential and from being in our purpose. I believe it is one of the major enemies of mankind, and the devil’s favourite tool. Fear prevents one from having relationship with God. Fear is what keeps someone from the glory of God.
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Friend, when fear comes, as Christians, we are positioned to overcome it! Tomorrow, I will outline steps on how to overcome Fear.
For further study:
1 John 4:8 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Personal declaration for the day:
I am a child of God and terror is not a factor in my life in Jesus’ name!
Questions for you to reflect on:
Are the things that scare you bigger than God?