2 Timothy 1:7 – The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.
We are fearful people. The Bible uses the word afraid over 400 times and the word fear nearly 300 times. Fear is a natural state that helps us to survive in given situations. Unfortunately fear can also paralyze us and keep us from doing what we should do.
Sometimes we like fear. That’s why we watch monster movies, ghost stories, or horror flicks. Fear makes us feel alive when we know the danger is not real. We feel the fear and than we laugh at our own reaction.
But fear in a real situation of danger is not so funny. It helps kick in our fight or flight reflex. It can motivate us to do the right thing or it can stop us in our tracks, confuse, and cause us to do things that make the situation worse.
For example, In Matthew 28, the guards who were watching the tomb were seasoned Roman soldiers and yet when confronted by the angel they shook and fainted. The angel then tells the women who came to anoint the body of Christ not to fear because Jesus is alive. Their reaction is totally different. They run and tell the disciples and share with them that the tomb is empty and say, “Could it be that he has risen as he said?”
As Christians, we should not be afraid. We know that there is nothing that can take separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus our Lord. Peter tells us that this perfect love drives out fear. We also know that we have the eternal life though the sacrifice of Jesus. John tells us that their is a crown of life and a robe of white for those who persevere to the end.
Yet there are many of us who still let fear and anxiety rule in our lives. In doing so, we are not trusting in God and this is sin. God is bigger than all our fears and he has give us a spirit of power, love, and self-control.
I know many people who have fears. I had to talk a woman through her dentist appointment one time. I knew another person who had an irrational fear of cars and I helped him to learn to drive.
I myself have a fear of high places that I really have to work to overcome. I remind myself of God’s spirit in me and trust in God. The other day I was really proud of myself when I stood on a cliff at Mount Jefferson and walked over to the edge and looked over. The sight was awesome and I was not afraid.
Just the other day I was talking to a woman who was afraid to start WeightWatchers. I told her that no one was judging her. Everyone there has either been there or they are still working to win the battle over their weight. Everyone will be understanding, caring, helpful, and kind-hearted. She laughed and then admitted that it wasn’t the people there that she was afraid of but rather those outside the group.
The truth is that the only one we need to be concerned about it God and what he thinks of us. And he loves us.
Dear God, I thank you for loving me and for giving me a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Thank you for taking away my fear. You are awesome. Thank you for Jesus Christ. It is in his name that I pray. Amen.
“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.”