In today’s society, we are constantly faced with fear. Whether it be scare-tactics used by sales companies, or creepy concepts presented on investigative television shows, seeds of fear are thrown at our hearts. If we let them, they sink in, take root, and grow.
If you find yourself battling fear, as I do at times, consider what may be “watering” that seed in your life. Do you watch a television show that constantly shows break-ins, and now find yourself fearful that someone will violate the boundaries of your house? Is it a news channel, a song, or a celebrity’s opinion? What is the source of fear? Find it, and stop the flow.
Because we live in a world where evil still exists, we may face scary concepts, images, or thoughts unexpectedly throughout the day. Fear challenges faith, so the enemy may try to enhance the place of fear in our lives in order to shake our faith in God.
In Mark 5, a man named Jairus came to Jesus and asked Him to come heal his daughter who was dying. Jesus went with him. During their journey, this happened:
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Faith casts out fear. When we walk by faith, knowing ALL things are possible with God, there is no need to fear when we are faced with bad news. We stand strong, believing that God is Who He says He is and will do what He says He will do.
Another example of how fear hinders faith is found in the Bible book of Matthew. Jesus is in a boat with His disciples, sleeping, when a storm hits:
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
When we live in faith, we act upon the truth that all things are possible with God. We remember that Jesus died and rose again for us. He has redeemed us and set us free from sin. We are children of God, and He is watching over us.
The God Who created the universe knows us by name. He knows every hair on our head, and He loves us deeply. If you don’t know God, He is waiting for you to welcome Him into your heart and surrender your life to Him. When we surrender our lives to God, and follow His lead, we have no need to fear. God can do anything, and He strengthens us to do His works through the power of the Holy Spirit. As the apostle Paul says in Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Ways to Fight Fear
+ Speak words of faith and sing praises to God. Declare the mighty things that God has done in your life. In doing so, you water the seeds of faith in your life. The seeds you water are the seeds that grow.
+ If there is a television show, media outlet, etc. that is a source of fear, remove it from your life.
+ Spend time in the word of God. Reading the Bible will help strengthen your spirit and remind you of the awesome things God has done (and still does)! It will teach you Who God is, which will help strengthen your faith.
Be encouraged, and know that God is mightier than anything you are facing. Even the wind and the waves obey Him. He can calm the storms in your life. Trust Him, and don’t be afraid. If you are welcoming seeds of fear into your heart, shut the door. If you want to, but aren’t sure how, ask God for wisdom. He will lead you as you trust and seek Him.
The other day, when I was facing fear about a situation, I read this Psalm. It encouraged me and reaffirmed what I know is true: God is protecting me, and fear has no place in my heart. He is with me, and He is all I need.
I felt led to include Psalm 34 in this post. I believe it is a word from God for someone reading. If you are reading it for the first time, please note that when it mentions fearing God, that type of fear refers to respect and adoration.
Be blessed, and have a terrific weekend! 🙂
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
Do you have questions? Feel free to post in the comments, and I will do my best to answer. 🙂