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Have you ever struggled with fear? What does that struggle look like to you?
I have in the past struggled with fear in ways I would not wish on anyone ever. I believe all of us if we are honest struggle now and again with fear. Fear can have devastating affects on our physical and emotional makeup, not to mention what it can do to us spiritually.
The bible tells us we should not fear, but live in peace and contentment each day. How are we supposed to do that? Do you think this is even possible???
There are many verses in the bible that speak of fear. Many of them have to do with fear of the Lord 1 Samuel 12:24 But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. Fear of the Lord…it may start as fear, but it will metamorphosize into love and respect for God and a desire to do what pleases Him. This therefore is not the fear we are told we should not be subject to.
Luke 12:5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. In this verse Jesus is obviously referring to God.
Luke 1:74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “”Abba,” Father.”
1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”
1 John 4:18 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.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
As you can see in the above five verses, we are told we need not live in fear. God has already given us all our needs through Him. He will protect us, clothe us, and give us our food. He will supply the words to say when we have none to say, while praying or witnessing for Him, or defending the Gospel.
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Again, the Lord our God is telling us, hey…don’t be concerned, I’m God and I have it all covered!
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Do not be anxious…do not fear! God asks us to bring all things to Him; He wants to hear from you, do you believe this? Bring your all before a Holy and Perfect God, and find peace and restoration.
Do you struggle with fear? It is more common than most people are willing to admit. Fear is a key strategy of Satan to weaken you and ruin your faith. Anytime the devil can get your mind off of God and onto your own problems…the devil is winning the battle. Take away the enemy’s power…go to God in prayer about your fear.
Maybe fear is a stronghold for you that needs to be broken. You may benefit from reading these articles: http://ptl2010.com/2012/05/05/faith-child-we-will-not-fear/
Does it seem like you pray and the fear just seems like it keeps coming back? I urge you…keep praying. Spend time in the Word each day. If you have someone you can talk with about this, please do so. Try to overcome your fears, start with something small and move on to the bigger things.
Do not give up, and do not give in! This battle with fear can be won through perseverance and hard work, along with and more importantly, prayer and devotion to God. I was at one point so consumed by fear and it’s cousin anxiety that many times I could not even leave the house! Going to the grocery store was a major issue some days. I did actually flee from stores because I could not handle being there. Fear can and will consume you if you allow it! Place your trust in Christ, and hope on Him and no other.
It is said that fear is not trusting in the Lord. What do you think? Share your comments below; we would love to hear from you!