It consumes us. The dark. Spiders. Failure. Being unlovable. Rejection. Confrontation. Death. Natural disasters. War.
We all experience this thing called fear. We make decisions because of it. We DON’T make decisions because of it. It keeps us up at night. It is all consuming. How do we respond to it? This “thing” that everyone has living deep down inside of us…almost like a monster inside of each of our internal, bodily closets.
When Jesus left this earth, He left us with the single greatest weapon in human history that would defeat ALL fear– the Holy Spirit. He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” He told his disciples this because they couldn’t wrap their minds around the fact that Jesus was about to leave earth. They were fearful, but Jesus explained that He was leaving the Holy Spirit with them as their peace and comfort. He said that they were not orphans, and that this was because God loved them so much. The prophet Isaiah shed light on this topic, too, when he says in chapter 11 verse 2, “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD.” Notice that the word fear is only used to describe fearing the Lord!! This is an amazing concept y’all. When we realize that the only type of fear to be had is fear of the Lord, EVERYTHING CHANGES.
We are no longer slaves to fear.
Remember how Jesus says peace I leave with you. This–the Holy Spirit and Peace– is our only weapon against the world as believers in God. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” Paul was writing this to the church of Corinth to stress the idea of fighting the right battles. To not fight a battle against the flesh, but against Satan himself! They were so distracted by what was going on in Asia, their pride was getting to them, and were caught up in sexual immortality and greed. Paul is writing this letter to them to remind them of the joy found only in Jesus Christ…
So back to the subject of fear…
Are we similar to the church of Corinth and so distracted that we have forgotten that Jesus left us with the Holy Spirit to overcome our daily “strongholds”? Have we started to rely on earthly weapons to protect us against evil more that relying on the Holy Spirit? Why is it that we have let fear control us to the extreme point that we would consider using hate to overcome hate? To kill to overcome the possibility of being killed. To reject to overcome possibly being rejected. We have become a race of people that trust in two gods–ourselves and Jesus Christ. But the Bible clearly states we can only serve one God. We have let this disastrous thing called fear invade our homes, allow us to get caught up in politics, and affect our decisions. We have neglected the strongest weapon of the Holy Spirit in exchange for faith in the world. WHERE IS GOD? Why is he on the back burner? Where is LOVE?
In my personal life, I’ve been really diving into this fear thing. What drives fear? Where does it originate? I feel like the more I search for answers, read the news, check my socials, and talk with people, the more I’m made aware of just how much fear I’ve let into my life. My challenge for anyone reading this is to write down all the things that make you “fearful”. What is God calling you to do, but this monster called fear is holding you back? Are you depending on anything besides God to overcome your fears (people, possessions, weapons, social media, idols)? On that same piece of paper (or iPhone;)) go through your list and pray that God will help you overcome that fear through the Holy Spirit. I hope that my thoughts here will encourage you and empower you to overcome fear and seek freedom in Jesus!
Remember– live from the inside out. Share this with friends and encourage someone today.
Other Bible verses:
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Psalm 23:4 “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.”
John 14:27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”