Fear, Fear Not

Mary Mary   February 10, 2018   No Comments on Fear, Fear Not

FEAR, FEAR NOT 

The LORD tells us many times over throughout His Word, not to fear.

Isaiah 41:10      Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

        Isaiah 43:5        Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east and gather you from the west.

        Throughout His Word He tells us not to fear.  He told Jacob in Genesis, “do not fear, for I am with you”.  He told Moses, “Do not fear”.  He told Joshua, “Do not fear”.  He told Jeremiah, more than once, “do not be afraid, do not fear, for I am with you”.  He tells Solomon through David, “Be strong and of good courage… do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God – my God – will be with you.” He told Isaiah to tell His people along with Isaiah, “do not fear for I am with you”.  He told Paul, “Do not be afraid”.  Along with “Do not fear” He tells us many times in His Word, “He will not leave us, nor forsake us”.

Yet despite all these promises of Him being with us, we still allow fear to run and rule us.  We have paranoia throughout the body of Christ, not healthy fear (shaking awe and reverence) of the Lord.  We live in a world that takes what we should be alert to and twists it to be something to be paranoid about.  Yes, there are definitely things in this world to stay away from, to not eat, drink, or do, for they will cause harm or even death.  But the world portrays such things as what we should be focusing on, instead of the love and life we have to enjoy.  The world tells us to fear, when God gave us a life to live and enjoy.

Fear is ugly.  Fear is plain ugly and destroys peace, love, joy, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience and self-control.  Why or how does fear destroy these, because these are the fruit of the Spirit and where the Spirit is there is no fear.  2Corinthians tells us with the Lord we have freedom:

2Corinthians 3:17       Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom. (NIV)

There is no freedom in fear.  Fear causes people to freeze up, fight or run.  The bodies natural reaction, fight or flight, is also in the spirit of oneself.  Do we live in the Spirit (where we have received that which Christ came to make available to us) or of the spirit of the world?  I read in Galatians the acts of the flesh and see fear ruling a lot of it.

Galatians 5:19-21         The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  (NIV)

 

How do I see fear in these? Because there is a lack of trust in what God has said about us in each and everyone of these.  There is a fear of losing what one thinks they have, which is a lie, because in the end it gets no where but pain and hardship.

Let’s go through them and see the fear that may drive them:

Sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery ~ many times sex starts out as thinking “it’s ok, it’s a natural thing” which is true, but it was designed for intimacy between a male and female that produces life.  It’s a desire set in creation to reproduce, love and honor the creator with. The world has turned it into the very opposite.  Be free and do what you feel at the moment, it is ok because we then will sell you what you need to protect yourself from disease, or label you with words of demoralization so we can sell you something else or just sell you.  Many are seeking love, so they use sex or give into sex and find they aren’t satisfied, just empty.  Sexual immorality can be fear driven.  Fear of being alone, unloved, or driven by the fear of not being good enough, which then can turn into lust and a must have it to know, show or prove I am ok, good or even powerful, which then can turn to violence.  People getting bought and sold for others to get their satisfaction from, but yet they don’t get satisfied they want more and more, still walking away empty inside.  And those that are being used are destroyed inside, even if they have a painted smile or drug induced smile. It can all come from fear, fear of not being enough or ok within oneself.

Idolatry and witchcraft ~ Idolatry is worshipping anything or someone other than God, our creator Himself.  Fear that He is not enough, that He will not do as He says, and lacking trust in Him.  “I don’t worship other things”, you may think or say.  But I believe that we do. Let’s ask ourselves who or what do we turn to when we are afraid, when life throws us a curve ball and it isn’t going how we expected or wanted it to.  What comes first when we react to something, whether good or bad?  Do we praise God for the good?  Do we turn to someone or something else first before God?  Witchcraft is broadly used to mean the practice of and belief in magical skills and abilities exercised by solitary practitioners and groups.  Also known as manipulation of someone.  So what or who do we turn to first?  Is it God in and through all things or is it people and stuff around us?  Fear causes us to believe that God is not enough to seek first.

Hatred ~ is God in hatred?  God is for good, HE is good.  He is love in the pure form. Fear, I believe, is in hatred.  We usually hate because of something done to us or our perception through a tainted view of what was said or done.  Or even if evil has been straight away at us.  The fear of it may cause us to hate instead of turn to God for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  A lack of trust in Him causes us to fear and hate.

1John 4:20         If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

Discord ~ lack of agreement or harmony.  How does fear show it’s head in discord?  When we lack harmony or don’t agree with someone or something that may have been said, it may cause a fear within.  It may cause a doubt of what we think or believe, which can cause a fear of not belonging or believing that if we don’t agree we are wrong and people won’t like us.  Fear of rejection, abandonment may come from here.

Jealousy ~ Comes from distrust or the envy of something someone has or does.  This may very well be fear.  Fear of losing what we have.  Fear of appearing not as good.  Fear of not having enough.  Our security should come from the Lord.  Our Creator designed us to seek what we need from Him.  He is our provider.  Our provider of all things.  He has declared we are His inheritance, so what do we have to be jealous of when our God tells us we are His and loved and precious in His sight.

Fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy ~ these are not of God.  These very well can stem from fear, with fear of not being enough or having enough.  Why would we have fits of rage?  Look at a young child when they don’t get what they perceive they want, they throw a fit, get angry, or cry, because they believe that will satisfy them and then when they get it, it works for a moment until they see someone else enjoying something they don’t have.  Fear of not enough or having enough.  Fear causes division.  Causes one to recoil from people, places and things or causes a reactional behavior that if not taken to God first, is ugly.

What I am saying is fear is ugly. It is evil.  It takes away what God has given and who He truly is.  He loves us so much that He gave us His sons atoning sacrificial life on the cross that we don’t have to pay for our sins.  He is love.  He gives us a “helper” a “counselor”.  He gives us His Spirit to dwell within us to have the ability to see and know how wide, how deep, how long and how high His love for us is.  The question remaining is this:

Do we trust that God is who He says He is?

There are many more questions that can stem from that one question, such as, do we believe He will do what He says?  Do we believe we are worthy enough for a Creator to love us?  Oh, the questions can go on and on.

I look around me and I see fear everywhere being driven.  I hear, “You can’t do that, because something bad might happen”.  Or “You can’t do it that way, because if you do, then my way must be wrong, therefore I am….”.  You can’t, don’t do, you’re not good enough, you’re not strong enough, who do you think you are?  These are all questions or statements that are fearfully driven.

May we ask ourselves this day who or what are we afraid of?  What is driving me to do what I do or to react how I react?  Do I believe that the profession of my mouth in saying, “I believe Christ died for my sins, that I may live in the freedom He has given me,” is truth?  Do I live in the freedom of trusting Him in and through all things?  Do I trust that God is who He says He is?

1John 4:16        And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.  God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

There is no fear in love:

1John 4:18        There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Let us seek Him in His Word and on our knees.  That we may come to know Him and love Him, for He loved us first.  He is all we need first and foremost.  He will give us answers through means we can feel, taste and touch, but without seeking Him first, it’s a waste of time and effort.  He loves us and desires for us to prosper and do well, for it brings Him glory and honor.  We are His inheritance.  Who of you would want to inherit something that looks like it has value, but truly does not.  He has given it all and made a way for us in and through all things.  His Name is Jesus, Yeshua, Adonai.  LORD of lords and KING of kings.  The Name given to Him is the Name above all names, who has all authority:

Matthew 28:18-20       Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 16:16         “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” 

And another word from Jesus to His disciples, “Do not be afraid…”.  And if you look throughout His Word you will see, “Do not be afraid”, said to others and said to us also.  So may we walk out our lives on this earth without fear and with love and trust in the very One who made us and gave His life for us to live in His freedom.  Freedom of fear, even upon to death.  For when we leave this earth we will have eternal life with Him.

Praise the LORD!  Thank You JESUS!  For our God is an AWESOME GOD!

Isaiah 41:10      Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

“… And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

By Mary R. Marendish

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