Fear

Fear, it seems as natural as breathing. I’ve heard it said that everyone is afraid of something, sometime in his or her life. But I wonder why that is, why do we have fear? And how do we overcome it?One of my college professors once said that it has to do with survival– that we evolved that way. But I don’t buy that; I don’t believe in the theory of evolution, therefore I do not believe that we evolved that way for the purpose of survival.  She stated that it was a fight or flight thing. If we were in danger, the fear would have us engage in fighting or fleeing.

But to me there has to be more to it, after all, we are told that we should not fear.

Deuteronomy 31:6
New International Version (NIV)
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God is with us and does not want us to be afraid, but He wants us to trust Him, to place our entire life into His hand always.
David tells his son not to fear, and by reading that in 1 Chronicles 28:20 we also know that we are to encourage others that they need not be afraid if they place their trust in God.

1 Chronicles 28:20
New International Version (NIV)
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. 

We know that God is with us. He Himself tells us, the words come from Him directly.
Isaiah 41:10
New International Version (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13
New International Version (NIV)
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

How comforting are His words? They ought to bring peace to us, if we truly believe in His power and truly trust in Him.
An enemy may destroy our flesh, but if we are indeed saved by Christ, then no enemy can destroy our spirit or soul.

Matthew 10:28
New International Version (NIV)
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Some may say, “But we are told to be afraid”. Well we should be if we are not saved by Christ, if we have not given ourselves to Him.
But for all who are saved by Christ, those who follow Him fully, there is nothing to be afraid of. For God is with us.

Romas 8:31
New International Version (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
When we feel fear creeping in toour hearts, we can recite this Psalm:

Psalm 27:1
(NKJV)
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Where does fear come from then? If fear does not come from God and is not of God then we know that fear must come from the enemy. That is satan. He is the one who wants us to be afraid, to fear everything but him. Because fear is a bondage that prevents us from moving ahead and growing in Christ.

2 Timothy 1:7
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 Peter 3:13-14
New International Version (NIV)
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.

1 John 4:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

So we know that fear is not of God but is from the enemy. How can we overcome or combat fear? We can do this by trusting in God and using the power and the authority that Jesus has given us.

Luke 10:19
New International Version (NIV)
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
The great thing about reading that scripture is knowing that we can overcome fear and also anything else that is not of God.
God Bless you all!

 

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

 

 

Thomas H Czech, 2012

 

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