What scares you? What is it that makes you afraid? Are you one of those who says “nothing scares me.” I’m not one of those.
Do the terrorist attacks scare you? How bout the future of the USA/Presidential race? Does the evil and wickedness in this world scare you?
Some things may scare you more than others. I’m not scared but an irate red-head with my wedding ring around her finger will surely get my attention!
You may be one of those who enjoys being scared. You enjoy it so much you’ll spend large amounts of dollars every Halloween to be scared out of your mind! (Btw, I can save you some dollars. Come by the house and I’ll scare you silly with just a utility bill or mortgage notice. For an extra jolt I’ll fire off a few rounds of a shotgun at close range!!)
I’ve got my first grandchild, a grandson, last March 3rd. I have my first grand-daughter due in June. I am concerned about the world they will grow up in. They will face many challenges.
Should we be afraid? Should we have fear control us?
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
God speaks often to tell His children to not be afraid.
Joshua is one example.
3. “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.
5. No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
6. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”” Joshua 1:3, 5-7, 9 NASB
Nehemiah and his people helping to rebuild the wall is another example.
“At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”” Nehemiah 4:20 NASB
Isaiah tells the people of his day not to be afraid. Another example.
“’Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” Isaiah 41:10 NASB
Jesus reminds us He is always with us.
“teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” Matthew 28:20 NASB
Consider the lesson of the psalmist.
- “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
- He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
- He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
- Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
- You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
- Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalms 23:1-6 NASB
As a small child I would have severe bouts of fear in regard to one thing. It was the fear of dying. Often my mom would come into my room to wake me up or to comfort me because of the nightmares and restless nights. I was afraid to die.
Even now I will have bouts with my mind reminding me I’m going to die. I don’t have mom at the house to comfort me. I’m too proud to tell my wife when these events take place. However, what I do have is a loving gracious Savior who has given to me His love, His Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit of God to enable me to over come the attacks of the devil.
Take your fear and describe it to God by reducing it down to a word or two.
I. Because Jesus did it for the beggar man, he will do it for me. “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.” Luke 16:22 NASB
II. Because of Jesus I will only pass through the valley of the shadow of death. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 NASB
Shadow of death is the literal meaning of the Hebrew word salmawet which occurs nearly twenty times in the Old Testament.
III. Because Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave, I too can cry out…“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NASB
Let me close with this admonition and a few verses of holy scripture. Honesty and transparency with God on this is essential to having victory over our fears.
- Tell Him without reservation.
- Allow Him to minister.
- Embrace the Holy Spirit.
“but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.” 1 John 5:4 NASB
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 NASB