Everyone has experienced fear at some point or another. It’s inevitable. The question is, how do we handle it? Do we give in to our fear? Maybe we realize that there’s something more, someone stronger and more powerful than the cause of our fear.
That someone? God.
I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but I’ll say it again: You can’t be courageous unless you’re afraid. But courage doesn’t usually come easily.
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
During times of fear or anxiety or anger, what is the best thing you can do? Read your Bible. See what God has to say about what you’re feeling. Joshua 1:9 is one of my favorite verses. It’s such an encouragement to know that God is always with us, watching out for us. But that’s not the only verse that deals with fear.
The God who created the universe is protecting you from danger. He is your fortress, your light and salvation. Isn’t that incredible? All we need to do is put our trust in Him.
The Lord is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1)
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
God wins. Every time.
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” (1 Peter 3:13-14)
We will face times of fear and oppression to varying degrees. But as long as we “are eager to do good” and strive to please God, not men, what have we to fear?
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)
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)
God is love, and there is no fear in love. “Perfect love drives out fear”. So amazing.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
A spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Do our lives reflect those qualities? Can the world see that we’re different through the way we live?
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23)
When you have a spirit of love, joy peace, patience (etc.), you’ll see that fear has no place among them. We have been given a spirit of love. Of goodness. Of self-discipline. Not fear.
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