I want to speak about fear today; what does the word fear mean?
A DISTRESSING EMOTION AROUSED BY A REAL OR IMAGING THREAT
When a spirit of fear comes over us, it disrupts our life, drains our spiritual strength and clouds our judgment. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
In fact, God says, Fear not” 360 in the Bible because He wants us to rely
on Him when fearful times come. Let’s look at the effects fear has:
When the evening news reports, economics collapse, crime and natural disasters, it can ignite anxiety. You may think, “Am I next on the list?”…fear invades
Maybe you’ve experienced loss, thought failure was inevitable, or felt frozen and unable to take the next step in your life…fear paralyses
You may be going through a storm and it looks like there is no way out; you panic, worry and fret at the same time almost feeling like you are losing your mind…fear steals
Jesus died to remove fear from our midst.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment.” (1 John 4:18)
Jesus said that the storms of life will be present but we do have to let fear ravage our lives; we can trust in God. The Bible says in many places that God is on the side of those who love Him and obey His commands, decrees and precepts. The Bible says that is God is on your side, who then can be against you. The Bible also says that those who are with us are more than those who are against us. And furthermore it says: He that lives in me (God that is) is greater than
he (the devil) that lives in the world.
Friends we have a way to withstand fear when it comes against us…trust that whatever God says, He will do.