Facing Fear (Part 8)

Being a Christian and still having fear is not unusual.  In the King James Bible, God uses “fear not” or “be not afraid” 103 times.  This means that yes, there are times when there are things in life that might make Christians fear.  So with that being said, all of the godly people he was speaking to were experiencing real fear, and He had to tell them not to be afraid.

So many times a tiny seed of anxiety in our thought life gets watered by continual concentration on that problem until it sprouts and eventually grows into a huge tree of dread!  We ourselves are the ones who water that seed by our own thoughts.  As Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5, we need to be ” bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  Concentrate on bringing those thoughts into captivity and not letting them take you captive.

A. B. Simpson, a pastor and Christian writer, said, “Fear is born of Satan, and if we would only take time to think a moment we would see that everything Satan says is founded upon a falsehood.”

In 2 Timothy 1:7 we see, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  As we can see from this verse, there is a spirit of fear.  And that spirit is not from God.  So logically, where is the only other place that spirit could be from?

When we really look at where that fear in our hearts is coming from, we need to realize that we have power that is greater than its origin.  I John 4:4 tells us that, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Who are the “them” in this verse?  If we read all the verses around this verse, namely verses 1 through 6, we see that God is referring to spirits that are not from God.  God is greater than those spirits!  Claim that verse when you are afraid.  He has already overcome.

On my desk in my office I have a sheet of printed verses that help me through times of fear.  When I am afraid, I read those verses over and over again, and it really helps to calm me.  Having a similar sheet on hand with verses that speak to you personally might prove beneficial.  A good verse to use as a sword against fear is in Isaiah 41:10.  It says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

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One thought on “Facing Fear (Part 8)

  1. This is a great article..In other words, when we fear we are telling God that he does not have us in His hand as he tells us in John 10:28.This is the exact opposite of christian faith.

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