Life Without Fear

Oct 11, 2023 | The Chuck Wagon

“The Lord is for me’ I will not fear; what can man do to me?”  Psalm 118:6; NASB

Fear can be one of the most crippling emotions we experience. Throughout history, the devil has used it to keep people in bondage. It is especially effective when he can lead us to believe we have no power or authority to overtake whatever is causing the fear. The lie he uses is that overtaking the cause of the fear is the answer; but it is not the answer at all. Whatever is causing your fear and the fear itself are two different things entirely. At first glance, that may not make any sense to you so let’s examine what I mean.

Have you ever seen someone look at an envelope they just received in the mail wondering what it could be? It’s addressed to them so they could open it, but they just stare at it. Many times, that is because they are wondering who it is from or why they have received it. There are many people who live every day with a low level of fear about something they cannot describe. They do not consciously know it is there, yet it subliminally affects all of their decisions and actions. Unfortunately, most people (even believers) have become accustomed to living in this condition.

The Bible has some things to say about fear that we should ponder and apply to our own lives. Jesus told His disciples before sending them out to evangelize, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt. 10:28). We typically understand fear being an emotion when it is actually a decision. It is an action word, which explains the proverbs, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Pr. 1:7), and “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Pr. 9:10). It is a decision to obey the word of God when presented with a choice of His word or the things of this world. We can and should decide whether we will accept fear as an option to anything with which we are confronted. It begins with deciding to live according to God’s word.

The apostle Paul wrote, “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba Father!’” (Ro. 8:15). It takes a sincere faith in God to ward off fear. If you believe with all your heart that God loves you, and that He causes all things to work for good for those who love Him (see Ro. 8:28), you can let go of your fears. Fear, in and of itself, is not a sin. If it was, we would not be told to fear God. However, in order to truly enjoy the fruit of salvation in this world, you must let go of your worldly fears.

The apostle John stated, “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1Jn. 4:4). Decide to stand on that truth. The ultimate reward of God’s gift of salvation is eternal life with Him. There are also rewards believers can reap in this world. The absence of fear is one of those rewards. It might be difficult at first to let go of your fears. You may think you have good reasons for them, but they are a weight you do not have to carry.

Have a great week and God bless.

 

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