So what’s the big deal about fear? Isn’t a little fear a good thing? Absolutely not! If you want active, operative, power-packed faith working in your life, you must resist fear and get it out of your life!
Let’s define fear: it’s the opposite of faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and desired. Fear is the substance of things that are not hoped for or desired. Everything that faith is, fear is not! If you allow fear in your life, you cancel out your faith. It’s like two horses pulling an object in opposite directions. They’ll get nowhere. It’s called “spinning your wheels” or the “rocking chair” syndrome. You’re moving but getting nowhere.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:18 (KJV) 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Fear doesn’t come from God because there’s no fear in Him. Fear comes from the enemy whose main mission is to steal, kill, and destroy us but he can’t if we keep the door shut!
John 10:10 (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Remember Job? The thing he greatly feared came on him. Fear will draw to you the very thing you’re fearing. Fear is an attribute of the devil and if he can get you to fear, he will get an inroad to you and negate your faith. If fear comes against you, stand your ground and don’t let it get into your heart.
Job 1:1 (KJV) 1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 3:25 (KJV) 25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
Our faith is what overcomes the world but if the devil can stop your faith by using fear, you’re weaponless against him. Brothers and sisters, this is serious, especially in light of the days we’re living in. There’s so much opportunity to fear – almost at every turn. That’s why we have to stay plugged into God’s Word so we can use it to ward off the enemy.
Jesus told us what to do:
1 John 5:4 (KJV) 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
John 14:1 (KJV) 1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Luke 12:32 (KJV) 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Jesus commanded us to “not fear”. This is a command not a holy suggestion! HE knew exactly how devastating and paralyzing fear can be and that’s why He made these statements. He would never command us to do something we’re incapable of doing!
These are exciting times because we’re on the brink of the biggest outpouring of the Holy Spirit and His gifts that we’ve ever seen. And this is going to take place before Jesus returns! Are you ready and prepared to be part of it?
1 John 4:4b (KJV) 4 … because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
James 1:6-8 (KJV) 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Amos 3:3 (KJV) 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Romans 8:15 (KJV) 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Hebrews 2:15 (KJV) 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.