The Fear Factor....What Are You Afraid Of?

"Sometimes the things we fear the most, we need not fear at all. " (from the Ghanaian movie - Ties That Bind)

Growing up, most kids are afraid of the dark and the ghost that lies in the closet or that horrible thing that is hidden under the bed. But it seems as if the more we grow, the greater our fears become. We all have different fears; the fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of death and many more.

It’s natural to have fears; after all, we are human. However, the question on my mind is why do we fear what we fear? If nothing happens to us without the knowledge of God or without his permission, then why should we fear anything?

I believe we fear the things that we are afraid to trust God with. We fear things that are very important to us, yet beyond our control. Fear develops when we feed ourselves with the lies of the enemy;

“It is never going to happen for you” “You are not good enough” “Just give up now and accept defeat” “The situation is never going to change, just live with it”.

Another way fear develops is when we become consumed with uncertainties and “what ifs” …

“What if he breaks up with me” “What if I’m 30 and not married”. ‘What if I lose my job”, “What if I don’t get a job after graduation?”

2 Timothy 1:7 says that “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” All these  evil thoughts  magnify themselves in you until they become the giant called FEAR. So how do you handle it? The very same way that David handled Goliath. Here is the story of Fear vs. Faith.

Imagine your fear is Goliath. I Samuel 17 describes him;

“He had a bronze helmet on his head and was dressed in armor—126 pounds of it! He wore bronze shin guards and carried a bronze sword. His spear was like a fence rail—the spear tip alone weighed over fifteen pounds. His shield bearer walked ahead of him.”

Wow! How huge is that; your fear is too mighty to be defeated!

But here comes your tiny looking faith (David), walking over to your fear. Your fear takes a look at it and says

“Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick? Come on, I’ll make road kill of you for the buzzards. I’ll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice.”

But your faith is not shaken, rather, it is as confident as ever. So your faith walks up to your fear and says

“You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn't save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!"

Amazing! Such gusto who can find? Imagine the guts it took for David to stand up to Goliath like that. Believe it or not, your fear is nothing! It is nothing but an empty threat from a defeated and fallen servant.

God says in Isaiah 49:16 that "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." And he confirms his word again in Jeremiah 29:11, he says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

God has said it and will he not do it? He has magnified his word above his name. (Psalm 138:2) and his word will not return to him, unless it accomplished that for which it was sent. (Isaiah 55:11). How else does He have to tell you that He's in control? God has got it covered! Fear nothing! Because it is finished!

What are you afraid of?



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