Fear is something we all deal with and face. It uses experiences and disappointments to shape ideas and images of what might happen. It projects a false reality and produces terror and torment. Too many live under False Evidence Appearing Real, thus decisions are made based on fear instead of faith, and that traps us.
Have you ever made a decision based on fear?
I have many times, and it’s stifling. When we do this, fruit from our faith is choked out, because God moves through faith. This is why fear is such a strong force against us, because faith can’t grow when we are fear-based, fear-led and fear-filled; however, God is greater and gracious for our lives.
The Bible says 365 times to “Fear not,” but many of us still fear a variety of things. Often we’ll ask ourselves, “Is God mad that I still fear?” and, “How can I “Fear Not?””
These are great questions.
First, God gives everyone new mercies each morning, and His faithfulness is great. He walks alongside us in order to free us. He understands what it’s like to fear. Jesus has felt fear, and He was tempted in every way just like we are (Hebrews 4:14-16).
So no, God isn’t mad that we fear something, but He does want to free us from it.
Second, when we admit we are afraid, God can take us to a “Fear Not” place. This is big because so many Christians feel shame, embarrassment or pride which keeps them from admitting any weaknesses, and this is wrong. It’s in these areas that God touches us, and it’s these areas that God uses to do miracles in our lives. It’s so important we are humble before Jesus and others by admitting, “I’m afraid.”
What are you afraid of today?
I encourage you to admit it by sharing it with God and with someone you trust, so that your freedom can begin. You see, it’s in our admission of fear that our fear is given over to God. When we hide and try to cover up our fear, we are ruled by it. But God has something better. He has a fear free life!
The question is, will you admit you are afraid?
When you do, He will take you to a “Fear Not” place like He did for David in Psalms 56:3-4. I encourage you to take this step, move forward and embrace the “Fear Not” place God has for you.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7,
“God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”2 Timothy 1:7
This is for you, and this promise is His reality for your life. Take your next step and move toward a “Fear Not” life.
Have a great week.