Throughout scripture we are told not to be afraid. Why is that? God knew, when He put Adam and Eve out of the garden, that fear would be a part of everyday life. So then what do we fear? For me, it’s something will happen to someone I love when they are not near me. Or, there won’t be enough money for everything we need. Or, not enough time for what I need to get done. Or, someone will not like how I look.
We fear because we are worriers, we are anxious about the unknown. I know that God has me in his constant protection, that He is caring for me personally, yet I still give in to wandering thoughts about what will happen if?…
It’s interesting to me that when the Bible talks about fear it is connected to a specific cause. God told Joshua not to fear when he took over after Moses. He simply said, “Take courage, fear not, I was with Moses and I will be with you!” The angel, messenger from God, said to Jesus’ mother, “Fear not”, you are blessed and highly favored. God is with you!” The angels at the tomb told the two Marys not to fear. (Mark 16) In Acts 18:9 Paul is told not to fear but to speak out.
I’m told the only way to conquer my fear is to face it. Perhaps so but the Word says I don’t have to face it alone. God is always with me and with Him all the the Angel Armies of Heaven. Why would I fear with that at my Protector’s disposal?
Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin
Heavenly Father I know You are always with me, always by my side. Grant me peace in the knowledge that I need fear no evil. Give me strength to stand and speak for You. I beseech You in the Precious Name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Make it so!
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Hi Marie , your honesty always encourages me, if we were just human there would be no answer but we are also Super human in Christ Jesus. Fear is common to Mankind as you shared with reference to Joshua, God spoke to him and reassured him that he was not alone, he did not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost had not yet come.
Jesus did the same with the Disciples, He said to them .. That their spirit was willing but that their flesh was weak and many times He reassured them they were not alone and that they would not be alone when He returned to The Father because He would send them The Holy Spirit.
When I was first met Ron, he said I would worry if I had nothing to worry about and that was very True and for many years I use to worry about many things and live in fear that they would happen but they didn’t or if they did they were able to be resolved or I always had what was really needed and this is what I still find but God has often reassured me in my heart that I have no need to fear the trouble and hardship that life brings, He is with me, see the Scripture below that He gave me to hold onto in my Storm.
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
Then there is the fear of punishment but Perfect Love resolves this fear because when we are perfected in God’s Love we don’t sin, so we don’t fear.
1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.
When we face fear we do so with God in focus, not our flesh or in believing that we are just human, we have The Holy Spirit which means we are Not ! if we don’t have Him we ask and receive in Faith believing God always keeps His promises to us.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne.
The best part of Isaiah 43 is “I have called you by name, you are Mine”! It has taken me many years to get to even a modicum of understanding God’s love for me. Yet it is there, in full, living color! My heart sings with the enormous joy of it! Blessing to both you and Ron! Marie
Yes, we can indeed trust in Jehovah-shammah, our God is always there! Have a blessed week, Marie!
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I get the best understanding about freedom from fear when I advise one of my children – or even hold a newly rescued feral cat close to my chest – “worry no longer, I am here for you.” And in my limited human capacity I will, indeed, fight for their well-being as hard as I can. But God, with whom ALL things are possible far surpasses my ability to provide freedom from fear or want of any kind. How both humbling and awesome is that realization! These burdens are no longer mine alone. Now I tell my children -and myself- to turn to Our Lord for the ultimate protection from needless fear!
Amen! Grace upon grace, and blessings on blessing to you and yours! Know ye, that the LORD, He is good and His mercy endures forever.