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HOW CAN I BE FREE OF FEAR?
What is FEAR??
Fear is alarm, anxiety, cold feet, confusion, discontent, disquiet, depression, dismay, dread, horror, loneliness, mistrust, uneasiness, unrest, name a few things. All these things are from within us. On our own, we cannot conquer them. We cannot conquer fear, we must have help.
What does the Bible say?
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. [KJV]
God gave Abram two good reasons for courage: (1) He promised to defend Abram "I am your shield", and (2) He promised to be Abram’s "very great reward." When you fear what lies ahead, remember that God will stay with all His children through all their difficult times, and He has promised you great blessings.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. [KJV] Paul mentions three characteristics of an effective Christian: power, love, and self-discipline. These are available to us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. IF we follow His leading each day, our life will exhibit these traits.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. [3:10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. [KJV] Like Adam, we have reason to be afraid of approaching God, if we are not clothed with the righteousness of Christ. Instead of admitting their sin, and taking the blame, Adam and Eve tried to excuse their sin, and lay the blame on others. Many times those that are tempted, say they are tempted by God. Many are willing to take the pleasure and profit of sin, but are slow to take the blame of it. Satan’s temptations are all pleasant; but his arguments are all deceits; his enticements are all fraudulent. When he speaks promising words to you, don’t believe him. Sin’s deceitfulness hardens the heart.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. [KJV] Being afraid of people can hinder you in everything you try to do. In can even make you afraid to leave your home. On the other hand, fear of God (respect, reverence, and trust) is freedom. Why fear people who can do NO eternal harm? Instead, fear God who can turn the harm intended by others into good for those who trust Him.
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. [KJV] We need not fear because:
- (1) God is with us
- (2) God is our God, and
- (3) God promises us His strength, help, and victory over sin and death.
Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. [KJV] Going through ‘rivers of difficulty,’ you will either drown or get stronger. If you plunge in alone, you are almost certain to drown. But, if you ask the Lord to go with you, He will protect you. TRUE believers are precious in God’s sight, He delights in them. Though we may go through fiery trials and deep waters of tribulation, God is with us. We need not fear any evil; for He will bear us up, and bring us out. The faithful are encouraged and greatly comforted.
Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; [KJV] Just as Israel feared Babylon, but not God, so too we today, (God’s children) tend to fall into the same trap. We fear what man can do to us and forget that God’s power is much greater than any man’s power. We misplace our fear and our love. We should fear God’s power and love His mercy.
Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. [KJV] Our true value is what God thinks we’re worth, not people around us. People evaluate and categorize us according to how we perform, what we achieve, and how we look. But God loves us because we belong to Him. He knows every tiny detail about us, so we can have no reason to fear.
Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. [KJV] We should keep our lives free from the love of money, being satisfied with what we have. For God has promised us: "I will never leave you; I will never abandon you." That is why we can say with confidence: "The Lord is my Helper, so why should I be afraid of what can mere mortals do to me?"
Psalm 34:18-19 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. [KJV] The Lord is close to those in trouble, whatever it may be, and He rescues those who are crushed in spirit. We face many problems, but the Lord is there in each and every one. So, when trouble strikes, don’t get frustrated or angry with God. Instead, admit you can’t do it alone, and thank Him for being by your side.
Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. [KJV] The Messiah came from Jacob, and is the greatest blessing this world has ever known. ALL that are blessed, are blessed in Christ. No one from ANY family on Earth are shut out from His blessedness, only those that shut themselves out. Jacob had to fear danger from his brother Esau; but God promises to keep him. He had a long journey ahead of him; to an unknown country; but, "Behold, I am with thee." God promises to bring him back again. He seemed to be forsaken by all his friends; but God assured him, "I will not leave thee." Whomever God loves, He never leaves. God’s true children have no need to fear!
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