“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
The phrase, “Do Not Fear,” is written in the bible 365 times. Does that mean God is telling us we can live fearlessly every day of the year?
When asked what my worst fear is, my quick answer is usually a description of an eight legged creature with black fur and beady eyes. The spider! But in truth my heart fears many other things. It’s natural to have weaknesses and fear certain things. Fear can be a natural healthy thing where our bodies warn us of danger, and then there’s the other kind of fear. The kind the enemy loves to remind us of and use to control us.
So many people live in bondage because of fear, and it stunts our growth. Because it’s easier to live in fear, then to face it. Daniel and Goliath is a great story of how one person faced their biggest fear and won victory over it. Sometimes our fear is something so minuscule, yet it becomes the biggest giant in our life, until we shoot it down. (1 Samuel 17)
Fears can stem from the past,the present and the future. But God has already planned something beautiful for our lives, that no enemy can take away from us. Fear is not of God, nor is confusion; peace is of God. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
We need to speak to the things that torment us daily, and rebuke the negative things that come against us and try to destroy us. Sometimes the things we worry about never actually happen.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” – Luke 12:22-26
We are living in a world full of mental illness, and unrest. I do believe that the brain like any other organ can fail us, for we live in this sinful world and our flesh fails us. But we have a God who has overcome sin, and so therefore he is our strength. There is nothing that our hearts and minds can throw at us, that Jesus hasn’t already overcome. He is our strength when we are weak. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God gave us doctors to help us, and medication as well. You are not a bad Christian if you need medication. If your heart fails, or your kidney fails, you take medication. The brain can also fail us, and there are medications for that; however, sometimes there is a deeper element that we neglect to take care of. The spirit man. Sometimes our hearts need spiritual healing as well as physical. We must take care of our physical man and our spiritual man, for one cannot live without the other. If you take care of your heart, the rest will follow suit. If we take medication to deal with symptoms, and neglect to deal with the root/heart of our problems, they usually surface over and over. Usually the things in this world that destroy our spirit the most, are matters of the heart. We’ve all been hurt, but God can heal.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” – Psalm 34:18
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
This world is full of disappointment and things that can bring us down. The bible says to abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22) There are many movies, songs, art work, even people that bring about the worst in us and create a sense of fear and bewilderment that can tangle and destroy our faith in the foundation we have in Christ. We should be very careful who and what we let into our circles.
God loves us and wants the best for us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in his image. (Psalm 139:14) There is no fear in love.
“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.” – 1 John 4:18
If you get a spidey sense about something, and it feels wrong, it probably is. Our bodies are very well crafted, and our senses can tell us when something is wrong. God was a mastermind behind creating us that way. But we also need to allow God to work in our lives and help us.
Fear can be numbing…it can stop us from being successful in life, and rip us of our joy. During Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration, he so cleverly pointed out that, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
If this is you today, ask God to help you conquer your fears, and take down the giants in your life no matter how big they seem. God is bigger than anything we face. Live your most successful life, and stop focusing on how big the mountain is, focus on how big your God is! Step on that spider and move on, you are in fact bigger than your fear. Sing before your battles for the Lord is in your midst!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.” – Zechariah 2:10
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:7