After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. ~ Gen 15:1 KJV
And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. ~ Gen 26:24 KJV
Fear is still the enemy of many Christians even if we know that God is our protector and our shield in a time of need. Since the fall in the Garden of Eden the first negative emotion humans feel is fear whether we like to admit it or not. The difference is many Christians know how to overcome it by cutting that feeling at its root before it flourishes. What this means is that fear begins as a thought and if a person does not stop its ugly head from rearing up then it begins to establish roots to grow larger to the point it could paralyze a person from moving forward.
The victory of a Christian is to overcome the thought by holding it captive, first of all. This is something the Word of God tells every believer to do.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
When a person sees or hears something that is uncomfortable fear rises up or even flows down your body to your feet. This is part of our daily fight for many people. A lot of the battle is in our mind and if we can fight those thoughts with scripture we would be better off. It’s as simple as a battle with a thought. Yes, it is! Our Heavenly Father knew we would face challenging times and He left us a guide to overcome. It’s called the Bible! It is filled with Scriptures to bring you peace and calm your disgruntled spirit.
Many people may say they don’t have fear or are not fearful of anything but the truth is we all have some residual fear we are dealing with and trying to overcome. It comes in many forms and when the enemy knows which one it is he will use it against you time and time again.
An example of fear can also arise from a call of God on your life. He may call you to a distant foreign land to minister his word and bring salvation. A feeing of fear can surface for several reasons:
- You have never been to the place He is calling you to go
- You don’t have the finances
- You have trouble speaking when you are in the public eye
- You don’t know everything about the Bible
- If I quit my job I won’t have a way to take care of bills
- My family lives here
- I won’t see my grandchildren if I leave
And the list can go on and on. But to prove a point there are many obstacles that can arise. The examples above are related to fear of the unknown, fear of losing someone, fear of not making ends meet, fear of never seeing someone again. These examples all have a root of fear of some sort. We may not always see them this way but they are there.
The good thing is that the Lord gave us a weapon to fight against this enemy. Take the scripture and speak it out loud over yourself anytime you are fearful in these ways and you will see He will meet you where you are and give peace to your heart. A word from the Lord can strengthen anyone in a moment of weakness.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ 1 Timothy 1:7 KJV