Nov. 13, 2021

Fearless

2Timothy 1:7
KJV
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
GNT
For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.
Voice
You see, God did not give us a cowardly spirit but a powerful, loving, and disciplined spirit.

Being fearless in a fearful society is what sets us apart as believers in Christ. Although some types of fear is normal and healthy most fear is a tool that the enemy uses to steal our peace and our "joie de vivre". To give some examples of healthy fear : being afraid of breaking the law of the land, or more importantly the law of God is healthy. The Bible says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Fearing the consequences of our disobedience to God's law or the law of the land is a tool that keeps us out of jail and trouble. However being fearful is a strategy of the enemy of our soul. Many people in today's world suffer from anxiety and stress related conditions. The root cause of this is fear. One way to remedy fear is faith.  Faith is what we need to use to counter fear. Having faith in faith itself is not going to work and is nothing more than positive thinking. Having faith in a God who loves us cares for us and is capable of watching over us is the remedy for fear. The Bible says that He who watches over us does not slumber or sleep. He has given His angels charge over us. We actually have a spiritual bodyguard, God's angels. The Bible says be anxious for nothing. We are to lay our burdens down at the altar. Jesus said His burden is light. Just as a pair of oxen yoked together, if we take Christ' yoke upon us, the bulk of the load is on Him. When we are troubled, we are to lift our eyes to the hills from whence cometh our help. Our help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. At Jesus birth the angels announced to the shepherds Fear not for we bring good tidings of great joy. When there was a storm brewing on the sea of Galilee Jesus said fear not it is I. Isaiah 41:10 fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Genesis 15:1 Fear not, Abram. I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward. Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, “Fear ye not. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show to you today; Deuteronomy 1:21 fear not, neither be discouraged.’ Joshua 8:1 And the Lord said unto Joshua, “Fear not, neither be thou dismayed. Ruth 3:11 And now, my daughter, fear not. I will do for thee all that thou requirest, for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman. 2 Samuel 13:28 Fear not. Have not I commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant.” The above are just a few examples from the word of God where we are instructed to be fearless. Being fearless is not always about being loud or argumentative. Rather it is about our trust in God's ability to watch over us. It is also about letting go and letting God take care of us. Jesus said that He has not left us as orphans. His Holy Spirit resides within us to comfort, edify, exhort and help us. The answer to our problems and concerns is just a prayer away. When God is for us,  no one can be against us. We are more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us. As a gospel song says the God of angel armies is always by my side. In closing, be bold, be strong for the Lord thy God is with you. Do not be afraid. Do not be dismayed. Walk in faith and victory. Amen