By John Weaver
January 1, 2023
When Angels spoke to people they often said, “Fear not.” Jesus told us to “Fear not.” Yet many, many people, believers and unbelievers alike, struggle with fear.
Fear of men. Fear of sickness. Fear of death. Fear of pain. Fear of poverty.
The list could go on and on. If a person has the proper fear of God, there is really nothing else to fear. God has promised that when we believe in Him, He will never leave us nor forsake us.
“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5b).
God said that He has not given us a spirit of fear. Fear is a tool of Satan.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Now, if you are a person who struggles a lot with fear, my heart goes out to you. People do not fear because they want to. People fear because they lack trust or faith. I will not try to convince a person that there is no need to fear. I will encourage them to increase their faith. Faith and fear can not dwell together. One will drive out the other from a person’s life. As the disciples told Jesus one time; “...Lord, increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).
The opposite of fear is faith. Our faith should rest squarely on our connection with God and his son Jesus. God will not lie or let us down. When we really and truly believe that, then fear has no more habitat in our lives.
As with any other sins that plague us, Satan will try to make a stronghold out of them and try to convince us that we must live with them. (Our strongholds are sins that easily beset us.) He will try to keep you bound in fear. But, praise God! Satan has no chains that can not be broken by our faith in Jesus. We never wrestle with flesh and blood. We go to war with the powers of darkness in the name of Jesus.
Rebuke Satan for your fears and claim the promises of God.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Tell God that you believe
“...that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Repeat that verse and many others again and again. Then think, and ask yourself...
If all things work together for my good what right have I to fear? That’s right. Nothing. Nothing at all. Amen.
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