Fear … NOT


Fear doesn’t always look like fear. It can show up as anxiety or nervousness or worry or stress or dread or tension or stomach problems. It robs us of sleep and rest. Fear blinds us and steals our praise.

 

I’ve battled my share of fears; and still rebuke the devil about them (James 4:7 PTL!) Fear of falling, getting hurt physically; fear of lack of swallowing (spitting saliva); fear of being too slow (my mobility); fear of being a burden (not able to drive; generally needing periodic assistance with seemingly simple tasks) …

 

The Bible tells us over and over to: Fear not, do not be afraid, take heart, to name a few words of encouragement.

 

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

Good news, fear was conquered by Jesus on the cross. In the name of Jesus, the giant of fear must fall. Since fear is not from God it is a tool of the enemy.
We must keep the focus of our hearts on Jesus. That’s because hearing Jesus and seeing Jesus and focusing on Jesus builds up our faith, and faith is the antidote to fear.


Psalm 118:8
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

 

2 KINGS 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

 

When we look at the world situation, it is easy to cry out like the servant of Elisha. But when we are tempted to be afraid, it is only because we are not seeing the reality of the whole picture. God is for us, so no matter what comes against us, it can never prevail over us.

Phil 4:8-9
 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Psalms 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.





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One Response to “Fear … NOT”

  1. DocMonty Says:

    Good devotion and teaching. Thank you.

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