12.09.2013

Fear is a manipulative emotion...but hope is even greater



It had been a pretty good day for me.  I had gotten some new ideas for blog posts and was eager to have some quiet time before going to bed, and be able write to my heart’s content.  I read my Bible first, and spent some time in prayer, but when I got my laptop out, I had this sudden sense of overwhelming doubt...and fear.  I can’t really explain it (and I apologize in advance if this post doesn’t make any sense), but I felt alone and uninspired and totally not able to write.

And the post I wanted to work on was this one.  About fear.

Fear is all around us.  And in us.  We base decisions off of fear, or choose to do or not do something because of fear.  While fear can be healthy at times, how often do we let it dictate our lives and rule our way of thinking?

Fear has a way of gripping us so that we feel unable to achieve what our hearts desire.  Fear can make us choose to discard the right thing and do the wrong thing all because we want to be accepted.  Fear can keep us from chasing after dreams because we’re afraid that they’re too impossible.  Fear can keep us from writing a blog post because we don’t think it’ll turn out well and won’t make any sense.


But what does the Bible have to say about ‘fear’?

‘Do not fear, for I am with you.  Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.  Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ 
- Isaiah 41:10

‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of discipline.’
- 2 Timothy 1:7

‘Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.’
- Joshua 1:9


The opposite of dismay is hope.  The opposite of weakness is strength.  The opposite of fear is courage.  As children of the Creator of the universe, we have His power in us.  We have the hope that can only come from knowing Him.  We have His strength that He gives to us through His Holy Spirit.  And we have nothing to fear because ‘we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us’.

Fear is just something we make up in our minds.  It’s something we LET prevent us from achieving higher goals, higher standards, new things, amazing blessings.  It’s not something we can overcome easily.  It takes time...and strength.  But not of our own.  

Our God is a consuming fire.  He is always with us.  Nothing can separate us from His love.  He is constant.  He is our Solid Rock.  In Him, there is no fear because His perfect love casts out fear.

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‘The LORD is my light and my salvation.  Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life.  Of whom shall I be afraid?’
- Psalm 27:1

3 comments:

  1. "Our God is a consuming fire. He is always with us. Nothing can separate us from His love. He is constant. He is our Solid Rock. In Him, there is no fear because His perfect love casts out fear." <-- love that!

    It's so true, Raquel. It's so easy for us to be swallowed up by fear, and not accomplishing what God has in store for us. Moses was afraid (Ex 3), and so was Gideon (Judges 6), and Esther, etc., and look how God used them, despite their fears and feelings of incompetence, of inadequacy. These stories show how feeling afraid or unworthy doesn’t disqualify us from being used by God.

    Great post, Raquel, and great thought to ponder! :)

    Blessings in Christ,
    Rachel

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  2. So true, Raquel. It's also good to distinguish from fearfulness (which has no actual basis in reality, but is a reaction to what could/might/maybe happen) and fear (which is based in facts, but which we should still take to the Lord to overcome). Here's a hypothetical situation to help explain what I mean: if I'm worrying that a girl I don't like is badmouthing me behind my back--I don't actually know this, I just think it might be so--then I'm fearful, living outside reality and the grace of God. If I overheard her slandering me, or if someone else comes to me and tells me as much, then I am anxious for my reputation--I'm still fearful, because I'm assuming others will even give credence to her lies.
    But now when I see her, I act out of fear and avoid her, get out of talking with her (fearing she'll just twist that information too), and leave her presence as quickly as possible. I'm acting out of fear on the basis of what I know to be true--but perfect love can still cast out that fear and bring me freedom.

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