Good Morning Everyone! Today’s topic (as you can probably tell from the title) is FEAR.
Last week, I focused on faith, patience, and trust. This week I’d like to grow on that and talk about the two types of fear. Fear of God and the spirit of fear. You see, the Fear of God is a good thing that we, as Christians, should have. However, the spirit of fear is of the devil and that is where we should have faith in God and lay all of that type of fear on Him. I feel that, as Christians, it is important for us to know and understand where fear comes from and how to deal with it.
SPIRIT OF FEAR
So, lets first talk about the spirit of fear. This is that pit in your stomach when you hear about bad things happening around the world, or when you’re scared to talk to someone about God because you’re worried of what they may think of you, or when you’re afraid of telling someone the truth about something and a “voice” in your head (that you think is your own voice) tells you that a lie would be better than the truth.
THAT fear is known as the spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 says,
“ God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind.”
So you see, the “spirit of fear” is not from God. Since God gives us power, sound mind, and LOVE, 1 John says there will be no fear.
1 John 4 : 18
“ There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
Now, God understands that we are human, we are weak. Fear will sneak its way into our lives, our minds and when this happens, we are called to lay all our fears and worries on the Lord. I don’t know about you, but sometimes, when I feel nervous or even afraid of certain things, after I pray about it and lay all that negativity on the Lord, I am just overcome with a sense of security and peace. It is so nice to know that we have a Huge God fighting our battles for us!
Psalm 27 :1
“ The Lord is my light and my salvation, Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
With God on our side, all things are possible. We need to remember that God is in control and not us. Doing this can reduce our fears, maybe even completely dissolve them. Here is a quote I saw a while back that I believe goes well in this post,
Joel Osteen says, “ Faith activates God – Fear activates the enemy.”
Whenever that feeling of fear creeps it’s way into our lives, we need to stand in Faith and trust that God will guide us and protect us in each and every situation. No matter how bad the situation may seem. Having fear only makes the enemy (the devil) stronger.
Psalm 27 :3 says,
“ Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me;
In this I will be confident.”
Y’all know I love Beth Moore and this is a quote where she mentions faith over fear.
She says, “ We should remember to measure the size of our obstacles against the size of God. We tend to measure our obstacles with our own strength. No giant will ever be a match for our God with a little rock.”
Of course, she is reffering to the story of David and Goliath. There is no match for God. God Always Wins.
FEAR OF GOD
Okay so, spirit of fear, Bad. Fear of God, Good.
Psalm 111:10 says,
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
Sometimes God will deliberately put us in situations to see what we will do. These situations may be small, almost unnoticeable choices we make during a normal day; Or they could be huge, in your face type situations where you know God is testing you.
In Genesis, God tested Abraham in a huge way.
Genesis 22 :11-13
“But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
And the Angel said, “Do not lay your hand on your son, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from ME.
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.”
You see, God had tested Abraham, asking him to sacrifice his one and only son. Having the fear of God in him, Abraham was going to do just that no matter how terribly difficult it was for him. When God saw that he was serious, He said whoa, whoa, whoa. Okay, I see you are sincere, here’s a ram. Spare your son. In verses 15 – 18, God bestowed all kinds of blessings on Abraham and his descendants due to his unwavering faith and obedience.
Sometimes, when the stakes are extremely high, we need to bow down low.
God is going to test us, and we need to have the same unwavering faith and obedience that Abraham had. God does not promise us that everything is going to be easy, but He does promise us that no matter how big our troubles or hurdles may seem, He is bigger! All we have to do is trust that He knows best, have patience with his timing, and have faith in Him. Remember the differences between the spirit of fear (bad) and having the fear of God (good).
I know this was a lot, but I really hope this post was understandable and that you got something out of it. Please let me know in the comments how you liked it and if there is anything else you would like for me to talk about.