“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7)
What do you fear? Many of you already made a mental list just by reading the title of this article. If you are like me, just the thought of reading an article on fear makes you nervous. Why? Because in a way our fears are our security. Hiding behind what’s safe makes us feel good. Reading something that may stretch that thinking is in itself, scary.
Have you ever thought past your worst fear? That my friend is uncomfortable! If my worst fear came true what’s on the other side? I don’t want us to dwell on the morbid or dive into a pit of what ifs. Just think about it long enough to realize that no matter what happens, at the other side of our fear is God. One of my worst fears is losing my spouse or children. It used to make me an insecure mess. Every time they were apart from me my mind would wander to my worst fear. This would definitely be the time they would never return. It wasn’t until I read a book by Beth Moore called So Long Insecurity did I learn about looking past my fear and realizing even if the worst happened, God would still be God. It might really stink and I might feel like I would rather die than experience that pain, but God would still be constant and He would still have a plan. It’s not a place of not caring but a place of surrender. Surrender to God’s will and trusting him with things most precious to you. It’s a releasing of the stress that fears feed. It makes me less of a frenzied mess.
Some people get physically ill because of the anxiety fear creates. Some people turn to control. Controlling others and manipulating situations so they feel a sense of security. Others turn to drugs, sex, plastic surgery and a whole gamut of things.
This fear thing is running rampant today. With the increased terror activity, shootings, bombings and just plain evil that surround us, it is easy to let fear win. Fear sometimes takes over our blogs, Facebook pages and websites. Fear can make good Christian people look not so Christian. Fear creates arguments and discussions that maybe don’t need to be. If you notice in the above passage you can’t have a spirit of fear and. You either have a spirit of fear or a spirit of love. Spirit of fear or spirit of power. What’s in your spirit? What’s in my spirit? Are we living out of love and following 1 Corinthians 13? Are the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5 coming out of us? Or are we reacting, posting, discussing out of a spirit of fear? One edifies, one tears down. While God created our bodies to experience fear as a protection mechanism (sticking your finger in a light socket or jumping off a building is scary and also not a good idea!J) acting out of spirit of fear is a totally different thing and not healthy.
My challenge to us all is to be careful of what spirit we are acting and reacting out of. Before we post or speak, filter it through 1 Corinthians 13 and Galatians 5 and see if it’s still a good idea. God wants to use us all mightily but we have to kick this fear thing to the curb!
Father, help us live our lives in accordance with your Word. Give us a spirit of love and power. Help us to do what you have called us to. We pray against the tool of fear Satan uses to get us to react and act certain ways. We want to reflect Christ in all our life. Thank you Jesus. Amen