If I were to ask you, “What are you afraid of?” What would you say? There is a host of things that can produce fear in a person’s heart. Some focus on scary things especially during this month with Halloween. Some get laughs out of being afraid, while others try to avoid fear altogether. Yet, to think you can live a fearless life is not realistic. We are not to be overcome by fear where it directs our decisions for our lives, but we will never eliminate exposure to people or situations that erupt this emotion in us.
As believers, we are blessed to have the ability to deal with fear by God’s indwelling Spirit. Second Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” By God’s power dwelling within us, by His love governing us, and by His giving us the ability to have self-control, we can face our fears head on. Our shield of faith will quench every fiery dart of fear that is hurled against us (see Ephesians 6:16). This is true because our faith and trust are in God, who is bigger than anything we face. If we are not intentional in dealing with fear in this way, fearful thoughts will develop a defeated pattern of living.
Here are some Scriptures to meditate on if fear is invading your thoughts:
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.” (Proverbs 3:25, 26)
“The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed.” (Psalm 46:1, 2)
Again, what are you afraid of? I would like to personally invite you as well to join us for our conference on Saturday, October 12th to gain more insight into your thought life concerning God’s grace and how to deal with the scary things we face today. To register and get more details, click here. I trust I will see you this month at the conference. God bless you.