Are you afraid? Am I afraid? And should we be? Maybe it’s a fear of heights? The dark? Spiders? Snakes? Sharks? Or maybe it’s a fear of something more serious and life altering. A fear of death. A fear that nothing will ever work out. A fear of being alone.
We have powerful scriptures to quote, such as: God has not given me the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind. We have beautiful songs like No Longer Slaves that proclaim we’re no longer slaves to fear. But are we? Are we really free from fear?
When you were a kid, if you had the bravest, fiercest, most kick butt dad on the block, who would you be afraid of? No one. But the Bible portrays the Creator God as our Father. So if an earthly Father would make you feel unafraid and secure, how much more would our Heavenly Father, THE ONE who holds the world literally in the palm of His hand, make you feel completely secure and fearless?
Why does fear come so easily to us? Even in the knowledge of God, fear seems to abound.
What do you dwell on?
“Do not be in awe!! Do not be afraid!”
It can be so easy to dwell on the natural. To dwell on what we can see, and what seems obvious. But while yes, we do live on a physical, natural earth, that isn’t the whole story. We also have a spiritual, SUPERnatural side to life. And we are to put our trust in GOD, and HIM ALONE.
As I’m reading through the Old Testament, I’m amazed at how many time God has to tell the Israelites, “Do not be in awe!! Do not be afraid!” If He’s constantly telling you not to do something, LISTEN!! because it’s got to be important.
In who or what is your faith?
Fear is the opposite of Faith. Perhaps that’s why God constantly says to not be afraid, because without Faith, it is impossible to please Him! We cannot even be saved! let alone live a victorious life, without Faith.
As a child, for I don’t even know how long, I lived in constant fear. Not because home life was bad, it was great. But because I didn’t have my Faith in God, I was always worried about bad things happening. I was afraid of bad things happening to me, to my family, to my friends. Let me tell you, it’s a terrible thing to live with! Living that way, there was just no peace.
I came to the point where I just thought I cared too much. Maybe I loved people too much. Which lead to what I’ve talked about in previous blogs where I “lost love” so to speak. If I didn’t ‘love too much’, I wouldn’t ‘care too much’, therefore no longer worry.
But that wasn’t my problem. Loving too much wasn’t the issue at all. My issue was, I wasn’t trusting that we are all in the Loving arms of the Father. I wasn’t trusting that He would take care of us. If I had, I wouldn’t have lived in constant FEAR, but would have been living in constant FAITH.
What are we to do then?
Last summer, I found my Faith at an all time low. I’m not even exactly sure what all happened, just that it did, and it was the worst. After I realized where I was, I began on a journey to get my Faith back. A friend gave me an idea to read through the Bible, something I had never accomplished. I’ve been through the New Testament and some of the Old several times, but never from start to finish. I’m so glad to say I only lack a little over two books left and I’ll have finished the old Testament!
I tell you all of that to tell you this, I’ve always HEARD about the importance of reading the Word, but I’ve never actually, truly, KNOWN the IMPORTANCE of the WORD. It has made such a tremendous difference in my Life, in my Faith, and in my Walk with God. Daily reading, not out of religious obligation, but out of Love and Devotion to God, simply wanting to get to know Him more.
Now it’s not easy to read daily. I mean at first you think, ugh this is so hard. I had no desire to read multiple chapters. It takes discipline. Buuuuut after a while, Reading the Word, combined with Time in Prayer, has become one of my favorite parts of the whole day!
They say you are what you eat. Are you feeding yourself wholesome foods, low sugar intake, and abstaining from junk foods? Or just anything you can get ahold of? In your spiritual life, are you feeding yourself God’s Word? Are you praying and talking to Him daily? Are you building your Faith, thinking positively and only believing what God says? Or are you feeding on negativity, doubt, fear, and despair?
So the question is, Fear? Or Faith?