Inside: Fear is a common emotion in our culture and it can bind us up and keep us from enjoying life. To be fearless requires us to have brave faith in God and His promises of protection and provision. We can become brave in a world that is unstable when we believe God is on our side.
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In this world, many things can create fear. Death, sickness, and violence are just a few scary things.
Turn on the T.V. or scroll through Facebook, and we can find many things that can cause us to be concerned and even fearful. When we think of our loved family members experiencing some of these concerning circumstances, we can be moved even more greatly to fear.
No Fear in the Garden
Do you think fear was part of the Garden of Eden before sin?
I believe Adam and Eve were fearless before sin because:
- They were in a deep relationship with God
- Animals in the Garden only ate plants, fruit, and trees
- Disease and death were not present yet.
Once the fruit was eaten by Eve and Adam, fear now entered into the picture.
But God… He was so smart as He had already created the emotion of fear before we needed it. Fear’s purpose is to help us survive; however, it can extend into our daily life and cause problems.
We take what God has created to keep us safe and let it become an idol in our lives.
It can keep us from living, establishing relationships, and enjoying the life we have. All of these reactions to fear keep us from what God has planned for us. The reactions keep us from God’s best.
When Fear Binds You
I was afraid for six years and anxiety was to blame. It had its chains on me, and I couldn’t seem to shake them loose. This anxiety caused panic attacks, fear of driving, and at one point, fear of leaving my home.
Have you felt fear like this?
What I fear the most is: it will be a part of me forever, keep me from the life God has planned for me, and will cause my faith to plateau and never reach its full potential. I’m plain ole sick of it stealing any more of my life and my family’s life.
In Numbers 21:34, Moses and the Israelites are afraid of a giant, enemy king. They cry and pray to God to help rescue them and give the giant over to them.
34 And the Lord said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon (KJV).
Now throughout this chapter of Numbers, we read about the Israelites complaining and grumbling about the conditions of the wilderness as God led them from Egypt to the Promised Land. Time and time again, God helped the Israelites with enemy armies, snakes, and no water or food.
Yet, they continued to waver between unbelief and belief. Honestly, I find myself doing this same type of wavering.
My fear and anxiety have been huge giants in my life, and they are too big for me to fight in my own flesh. I’m just like the Israelites in my faith; God can and will help me versus helping myself.
The reality is: I haven’t been able to unlock the chains yet myself. My fear remains because I change alliances often. Some days my confidence is in God, but the next day, fear grips me tight, and my allegiance changes to fear and hopelessness.
I’m sure I’d have conquered these giants by now if I’d only stay firmly grounded in faith.
I believe God is the key to the release of these giants. I just need to stick to my allegiance with Him. No more switching teams and no more wavering between what I trust.
When I have God on my side, I am more than a conqueror, and no giant can take me out, even the biggest, mountain- tall giants.
In unbelief or in my own strength, I will lose the battle, but when I team up with God and believe in His strength, I am victorious in whatever problem comes my way.
This is brave faith when we realize we don’t have to be fearful because God has filtered everything that happens to us.
Why We Need to Be Fearless
God encourages us to not fear danger in this life because He will use all of it to grow us in maturity.
We can learn how to be fearless when we have God on our side. For this reason, no giant can overcome the Lord Almighty.
This is where surrender comes in: we believe a good God has us, is for us and will guide our lives knowing what’s best for us.
Battling fear is about submitting your heart to God. ~Kelly Balarie
Are you living like you believe this?
In other words, with faith, God will unlock these heavy bindings. He will increase our trust and create a testimony to share with others dealing with fear and anxiety.
Fear is born of Satan, and if we would only take time to think a moment we would see that everything Satan says is founded upon a falsehood. ~ A.B. Simpson
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