September 20, 2017

Psalm 27:1

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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 27:3

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
    yet I will be confident.

 

One of those tools that Satan uses to keep Christians at bay is fear. He tells us lies and half-truths and that plants seeds of doubt and fear. Fear will either motivate you or paralyze you. You will either gather courage and press on or you will shut down and find yourself covering your own tail.

I must admit that fear has held me back at times. I was afraid to share the word of God with someone or I was afraid of what someone might think. For years, I would not put a fish on my car for fear of my behavior bring shame on my Lord. There were times I was silent when someone should have stood for what was right. There have even been times when I was afraid to pick up my Bible for fear of how God would convict me and want me to change.

Fear was also a crippling part of my weight problem. I was afraid to take the first step in the door of WeightWatchers because I didn’t want anyone to see me so vulnerable. It sounds funny that I wouldn’t want someone to know that I have an eating problem when it was evident in my enormous size! I was also afraid of the change that it would bring to my life. I was afraid that I would fail… again. I was afraid that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do what was necessary to lose weight. What finally motivated me was the fear of losing my health because that fear was greater than my fear of what others would think.

I also am a suffer of migraine headaches. At one time in my life I was so afraid of getting a bad headache that I would take several Excedrin tablets whenever I would even get the a twinge of pain. The result was that I eventually had complications that came from over-use. The fear of getting a headache actually lead to even more severe headaches.

Fear often times hits us in our everyday life. One of my boys was afraid that he would be “jumped” at school because he told the truth about someone. A friend of mine is horrified of the dentist to the point that we really had to pray hard for her to even have the strength to walk in the door. My wife used to be afraid of spiders. I have a fear snakes to the point that I will play Santa and hoe, hoe, hoe (LOL).

Some people say that the opposite of fear is courage but the truth is that the opposite of fear is love. The Bible tells us that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear”(1 John 4:18). God is our stronghold and His love is so great that it can cast out fear and make us men and women of courage. The Apostle John even defines this perfect love when he states “God is Love” (I John 4:8). God can drive out all our fears.

He can even change fear to motivate us in a different way. Before I was afraid of what people might think of me if I shared the gospel with them. Now I fear for their eternal destination if I do not tell them. Imagine what the world would be like if every Christian had the boldness and courage to live for Christ and share the “good news” of Jesus Christ where ever they should go.

Dear God, you are ELOHIM, full of power and might. You are my fortress. You are my rock. You are my shield. You are my defender. You deliver, define, and demonstrate your perfect love that cast out all fear. Thank you for the difference you have made in my life. Motivate me to make a difference in this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

You Never Let Go
Matt Redman

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back, I know you are near

I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear
Whom then shall I fear

Oh no You never let go through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go in every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go, Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see the light that is comin’ for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to the struggles
But until that day comes, we’ll live to know You here on the Earth

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear
Whom then shall I fear

Oh no You never let go through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go in every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go, Lord, You never let go of me
(repeat)

You keep on loving and you never let go

Categories: Freedom From Fear

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