Fear in the Life of the Christian

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I struggle with fear sometimes. Sometimes I catch myself worrying about, “what if…..?”, and often the thing I think of is not very probable.

But I used to think that something was wrong when I was fearful. Which, it is. But I used to think that a Christian would never be afraid.

After all, we have God on our side, all-powerful, all-knowing. But when my pastor preached a message on fear, I realized that even Christians get afraid. We shouldn’t be, but we’re human, and conquering in the Christian life sometimes involve a lot of fighting–conquering always involves fighting.

We know that non-Christians fight in life, against fears and failure and sin, but the difference between the Christian and the non-Christian is that we can be victorious.

The non-Christian and the Christian are both just humans fighting “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12), but the Christian has Christ on their side, to fight for him, strengthen him, and ultimately be victorious.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

If we have this promise of God with us, and God on our side to fight for us, then why do we let ourselves be blinded with fear? How do we get to the place where we are afraid?

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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.” (I John 4:18)

Peace and love are the opposites of fear; when we cease to focus on God, when we don’t let His love fill us and flow through us, we give in to fear.

When we open our hearts and minds to His will and love, when we focus on His goodness and mercy, fear is dispelled; because when we are truly open to God, we are sitting at the foot of His throne; and there is no fear there, close to the heart of God.

“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.”—Elisabeth Elliot.

We will get frightened when we look at our circumstances, our world, our life, instead of looking at God. When we look at God we remember that He is in control and He is guiding our circumstances, world, and life.

We don’t understand why things are the way they are. We don’t see the whole picture. That is why we need to look at God instead of things.

“All fear is fraud, and nowhere on earth is beyond the reach of God.”—Ann Voskamp

In order to dispel our fear, we need to get close to God, so we can realize just how big our God is. The holiness and powerfulness of God will always give us the right perspective on the small, temporary things of this life.

I hope this helps you–it helped me just in writing it =)

What do you think? Do you have a favorite scripture passage about fear?

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