It is not uncommon for us to be afraid. We’re fearful about the future, our loved ones, other people’s opinions, our bank balances – the list is scarily (almost) unending. The truth is that fear has found a way to subtly creep into our lives and it builds a fortress brick by brick without us even realizing. However, the thing we should be MOST afraid of is the fact that fear has become such a normal part of our lives. It should be uncommon to be afraid and it should be common not to be afraid.
The enemy uses fear as a strategic weapon to keep us running around in circles so that we miss out on experiencing God and His grand plans for us. He wants us to be so focused on fear that God remains out of focus and in the background. The Bible is very clear, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.” Isaiah 41:10. It’s so simple, right? GOD IS WITH US, so we don’t have to be afraid of anything. But you will say to me, life is not as simple as this verse. I agree life is messy, complicated, unpredictable. We’ve just been hit by a pandemic, people have lost jobs, as well as near and dear ones, how, just how, can we base everything on one simple verse? I’m sorry but I don’t have a complicated answer to give you.
My simple answer is that GOD is bigger than the unpredictable things we have going on in our lives. He is sovereign and He loves us with an everlasting love. If God cares about feeding the sparrows then how much more does He care about HIS children who He gave His life for. I mean can it get any simpler? Jesus died on the cross for us to walk in total freedom. How then can we be okay to be bound by fear?
There’s not a single thing we can gain by giving into fear but, there are lots of things we stand to lose. Let me elaborate – Being afraid won’t change your circumstances, it won’t magically bring money into your bank account, fear is not going to protect your children neither will it protect your spouse. Unfortunately, it’s not going to help your career grow neither will it help you reach your full potential. If anything, the purpose of fear is to stop you from reaching your full God-given potential. Worse still, being afraid of what other people think of you will paralyze you. So why do we get afraid when there are ABSOLUTELY NO benefits attached to it? Take a moment to really think about this.
If any of this makes sense to you, I urge you to get fired up and become an angry warrior. Fear has allowed the enemy to come in and take control. It has made itself a Goliath in your life and shifted all your focus to it. Yes, you should be angry enough to make a resolve and say No more fear, no more. God is with me, so I’m going to have faith as little as a mustard seed and stand tall with the armor of God. I’m going to be prepared to fight any fear that comes my way with the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
I know it’s easier said than done. But if we are intentional about it and ask the Holy Spirit to help us every single day, it will be impossible for fear to have a hold over us.
Your Daily Weapon:
I recommend you write these verses down or save them in a place where you can easily go to and read them aloud, pray with them, sing them out, or even scream them out if you need to.
- “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Psalm 34:4–5
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Luke 14:27
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
- “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
- “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
- “…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
- “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13:6
- “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
- “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
- “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26
- “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4