We all have fear. And it comes in many shades and patterns. Fear of being alone, fear of death, fear of rejection, fear of being misunderstood, fear of pain, not having financial security, failure, the unknown, not knowing God’s will or even knowing God’s will, man, or even scarier to men…woman. And the scariest thing of all to so many of both genders…..Relationships.
Some people have one of these fears. Some have many. To have even one would be difficult, but to have a bunch of these and to live within the confines of these kinds of prisons is to say the least, horrible. I can guarantee that God does not want us to live like that.
So how do we overcome fear? Perhaps it would be easier to discuss how we manage to invite fear into our lives. Now please understand that fear is not altogether a bad thing. God built it into our very being so that we would become cautious. If you’re out walking in a dangerous place, it’s a good thing to be cautious. And these days, much of the world is a dangerous place. A little fear will contribute to that caution. Be safe. But if your fear makes you curl up in a ball and lie in the ground then your fear has overcome you.
There are so many things in this world that may spawn fear, but it is up to us to discover the truth of who is in control. And that is the key. This key has a few different notches in it that all work together to open the lock that is held together by fear.
The first is truth. Truth is not whatever you think it might be, not what you think it is. Truth is what it is. Jesus was quite clear and spoke with not the slightest trace of ambiguity when He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” He is the truth and there can only be one truth. We must never lose sight of that.
The second notch is faith. It’s that two edged sword of which I speak so often. Not merely believing in that which is not seen but making that unseen believable by your actions and deeds. When people can see Jesus in you they can see Jesus. When you know the truth, your faith is made clear in your life.
And the last notch is trust. We must learn to trust the one who has brought us the truth. And if you truly have faith, if you really own faith in that truth then your trust will be wholeheartedly in Him. It’s really easy to speak this, but to know that the truth is in your heart can only come to light by how that truth is revealed in you. It could be that if you have fear operating in your life, then you really don’t trust in God. Your faith is not where it needs to be because the truth you understand is not the truth that Christ has revealed.
Fear is a tool of the devil. It is used by him to keep you from operating at the fullness in which God desires you to operate. It is meant to keep you from being filled with the Holy Spirit and developing fully your relationship with God. It used by the enemy to make you believe a lie.
And those lies can be, “You are so lonely, you’ll die a horrible death, you’re going to be rejected, no one will ever understand you, you’re going to have so much pain in your life, there will never be any financial security for you, you’re a failure, there is no truth….everything is unknown, everyone wants to hurt you so you will never have any positive relationships in your life.”
If you believe these things as truths, it sucks being you. And you have no faith that God is able to accomplish His truth in your life. The only way to get out of that situation is to study His truth and see how it has been working in your life. Perhaps that is what Roosevelt meant by, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” None of these things is real. The truth is what is real and that truth is found in only one place.
The cure for fear, and I mean all types of fear, is the same: a deeper trust in God and a growing confidence that He will care for us and help us through any challenge we may need to overcome. And that can only be accomplished by a deep and intimate relationship and that means we must be involved with the relationship on a more than weekly or even daily basis. To have an intimate relationship, we must be involved all the time. And not only in times when we are afraid, not only times when we are hurting, and not only times when we don’t know what to do next.
Our relationship with God must be when we wake up and when we have that first cup of coffee and when we are going to work, and when we are doing the most enjoyable things we can do. He wants to share with us those times as well as the times of difficulty and suffering and pain and fear. He wants to be involved in our lives in a way that will give us the fullness of who He is, in a way that will give us the fullness of who we can become, and it can only happen when we lose our fear due to our relationship with Him. He is transforming and as we draw ever nearer to His amazing power and love we become lost in His presence!