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Handling fear is a subject that we can always study more because it continues to plague us as new circumstances arise and new seasons of life come upon us. Given the pervasive nature of fear and the number of times the Bible mentions it, we do well to consider more of what God wants to teach us about fear and fighting fear.

On the nature of fear . . .

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. 1 John 4:18

The love of God for us is perfect love. When we walk in the love of God, in fellowship with Him, abiding in His word and living by His Spirit, we can experience a life free of fear. In our relationship with God, our love for Him is expressed by our trust in God and His promises to us. Therefore, in fellowship and consistent relationship with God, torment must flee and the Spirit of God brings us peace, the peace that passes understanding.

On why we shouldn’t fear . . .

Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Matthew 10:26

Sometimes we are fearful because we think the truth about us or others will not come out, and we will be judged by the lies the enemy has been spreading about us or those we love. But we don’t need to worry because God will bring truth to the forefront. Nothing will be kept hidden.

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32 (Jesus speaking)

Often we spend our time fearful because of concerns about the future–will I have enough money, food, time? We all worry about different areas in which we might be lacking in the future, but the truth is that God loves to provide for His children. He knows what we lack, and He will provide in His perfect time according to His perfect will. Knowing and believing that will bring us freedom from fear.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

Without fear, it is possible to have peace. With God, we have a remedy for fear. Look to Jesus, author and finisher of our faith. Focus on what God has done, is doing and will do. Knowing and trusting God is the way to lasting peace and freedom from fear.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus . . . look full in His wonder face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

 

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