Saturday, November 3, 2012

Overcoming Fear

Fear will keep you from walking in the fullness of Gods' plan for your life. Whether that fear is of man and his opinions or just the fear of failure it need not define who you are. The Word of God instructs us not to be fearful yet for many, fear keeps them from doing the will of God in their lives.

There are many ways to define fear, here is the one that I like to use: to be afraid of something or someone, to be in a state of fear or dread....this really sums up fear simply and easily so anyone can understand the word fear.

Fear is more than just a word though and for some it really is a tangible reality in their life. For others it is merely a small stumbling block that is easily gotten rid of. However you view fear, whether real or imagined, God can and will set you free of the power it has over you. Gods' Word is full of scripture to help HIS children realize that they need not live with fear in their lives.

 Isaiah 51:7 " Listen to Me, you who know rightness and justice and right standing with God, the people in whose heart is My law and My instruction: fear not the reproach of men, neither be afraid nor dismayed at the revilings." Amplified Bible

As believers in Christ Jesus we are in right standing with God therefore, we should not fear men and what they say. As Gods' children we should be aware that there will be times of great pressure from mankind. Each believer should be able to stand strong and not allow the voice of the enemy spoken through those around them to place fear in their hearts.

 Isaiah 43:5 : Fear not, for I am with you;"  Amplified Bible

I love this verse! Short and to the point of what God has to say about fear! As a child of the King we should never walk in fear because He is there with you every step of the way! How easily believers are tricked into believing the opposite of what Gods' Word clearly states. He is with you! Every step of the way, no matter what you may be going through you are not alone! God walks right there with you the whole time! How awesome that God is there throughout our journey on this earth!

Isaiah 44:8 " Fear not, nor be afraid in the coming violent upheavals; have I not told you from the old and declared it? And you are My witnesses! Is there a God besides Me? There is no other Rock; I know not any." Amplified Bible

Through the words of Isaiah God is giving His people reassurance that He will still be with us and we should not be afraid of the harsh times we find ourselves in. Even in the times we live in we should not be afraid of all that is happening in the world. We should continue to trust in God and have faith that He will keep us even through the violent upheavals that will come.

 Mathew 10:28 " And do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Amplified Bible

I know people who are afraid to go into certain parts of the city because of the bad elements that are there. Yet they are missing out on the ministry that God has called them to because of fear. You cannot allow fear to consume you to the point that you are not obedient to God. I am not saying to run out and confront gang members of their need for Christ on their turf if God has not called you to do so. Yet if God has spoken to you to go into an area that strikes fear into your heart and you refuse to do so and not trust God to take care of you, then you have done exactly what this particular scripture says not to do.

The second part of this scripture defines a fear of God. Not the kind that brings terror, but a reverent fear of God. One of respect and honor for who He is. This should not be confused with base fear that all of mankind deal with. We must remember that God is holy and should be treated as such. We should raise up our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. In other words children should be taught to respect and honor God and His Spirit.

Mathew 10:31 " Fear not, then; you are more value than the many sparrows." Amplified Bible

If God cares enough about a little bird, then why should you as a believer walk in fear instead of trusting God to care for you.

2nd Timothy 1:7 " For God did not give us a spirit of timidity of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear, but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well balanced mind and discipline and self control." Amplified Bible

This is my favorite scripture on fear! God does not put fear, timidity, cowardice upon His children. He has given us a spirit of power, love, a calm and well balanced mind with discipline and self control! Look at the word calm, if you are calm in spirit and your mind is well balanced with God fear has no place! And the way to finding that calm and balanced spirit is through God and His Word!

I promise that if you read and meditate upon Gods' Word and spend personal time with God in prayer and meditation daily fear will have no room in your life. Gods' Word and His Spirit have the power to transform fear into power and a balanced life in Him.

I encourage you today to take time to spend time in Gods' Word and in His presence. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and bring healing and courage to your life today.

In His Service,

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