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Overcoming Fear through Faith and Belief

If you believe in God’s sovereignty, His omnipotence and that His spirit resides in you, there is nothing to fear except the consequences for not keeping His commandments. No matter your tribulations, remember David’s declaration in Psalm 23, “Yea, though I will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.” Believe that no matter what transpires, even the threat of death, God will not forsake you if you believe in His Word.

Fear is not of God

When God gave Jeremiah a mission, Jeremiah complained of his inexperienced youth, but God responded “Do not say, I am a youth, for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you.” Proverbs 29:25 states that “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” There is no need to fear anything or anyone if you walk in God’s word.

God does not want fearful servants; He wants fearless warriors. In Judges 7:3, He told Gideon to tell the Israelites who were preparing for war, “…now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people saying ‘whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead”.” The weak retreated, but the brave stepped forward.

God promises power

In Luke 24:49, before Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised his disciples power, but said He would send it when He was in Heaven, “Behold, I send you the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you have endued with power from on high.” Who is this Promise? ” In Acts 1:8 he declares, “…but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to ‘the end of the earth’.”

Jesus promised His disciples power and by extension, we, His heirs, also have that promise if we love and believe in Him. In Acts 2:2, the disciples received the Holy Spirit as Jesus promised. “…And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The” rushing wind” is symbolic of the Spirit of God. He wants to reside in everyone; it is up to everyone  to extend Him an invitation.

There is no fear in love
 
1 John 4:18 states, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. Be he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” Do not fret about anything, simply hold fast to the Word, and you will overcome. Our greatest charge is to love, and if we love others as Jesus loves us, there is nothing to fear. Jesus proclaims in John 15:12, “…this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Self-control (sound mind) leads to wisdom.

A sound mind is imbued in discipline, composure and discernment. Throughout Proverbs 10, Christians are reminded of the need for discipline and the need to control the tongue. Psalms 10:31 proclaims, “The mouth of righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out; the lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.” One cannot have a sound mind, be righteous in Christ and have an uncontrolled tongue. They are incongruent.

God has given everyone free will, which allows for discerning what is acceptable in Him and what is not. No one should fear anything because Jesus proclaims in Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.” If you put on God’s armor and keep it on, you will never have anything to fear.

Fear takes a firm hold when there is a lack of faith in God, and in His word. If you believe in God, you have power to overcome every force that comes against you – in any form.