Fear: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain,etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
Fear, something that I have let get the better of me in the past. Something I still struggle with but do not let it over take me anymore. Something I think we all struggle with. I have thought alot about fear lately. As I think on my own battle with fear, it made me want to dig deeper in the word and learn more about it. The ironic thing is lately I have been a little fearful of posting more encouraging blogs. I am fearful that I am not a good enough writer, that no one cares about my posts, that I am being a discourager instead of an encourager. So I prayed about it, even though all along I knew it was just satan telling me those lies. Anyway I feel God wants me to share encouraging posts and dig deeper in the word on topics such as fear. I feel like I went through a hard time in my life for a purpose and God wants me to use what I have learned to help others. I have decided that even if no one else reads my blog and cares, it is helpful to me to write out my thoughts!
There are two types of fear, good and bad. I am going to talk about the bad fear first. Someone once told me that fear is just F-false E-evidence A-appearing R-real. When I really think about this, it is kind of funny how it is so true and how simple it makes fear seem. Yet when a fear is gripping, me all the truth I know does little to comfort me. It is so simple, yet so complex. Why? I think a major reason fear is so prominent is because it is a major tool for satan. In the Garden of Eden after God created everything he said it was very good. There was no sin, or fear, or pain. Then satan came along and used deception to cause Adam and Eve to sin. When they disobeyed God, their eyes were opened and they were afraid.
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him, where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:8-10.
Satan used a lie to deceive Adam and Eve, because of that lie their eyes were opened and fear became part of their life. I think fear is woven into each one of us and satan can use it to hinder us from serving God to the fullest. How many times are we afraid to do something because we think it will fail, or people will think poorly of us, or we are not good enough to do it, on and on.
As I was looking into fear in the bible so many awesome bible characters struggled with fear. I found so many verses that started with “Fear not, ____” Daniel, Moses, Abraham, Joshua, David etc. Each of these men were given a purpose from God but their human mind was fearful. They didn’t stay fearful though. They trusted God and then they went and comforted others, telling them not to fear. They overcame their fears and used their experience to help others. It can be so easy to let fear overcome us but when we trust God fully we can overcome them and use them for good. In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” God wants to pour blessings and love on us, satan wants to pull us away and uses fear to do it. I love that verse because it always reminds me that bad fear does not come from God. He wants us to be powerful, to overcome fear and to live out his purpose. It helped me to write down my fears. Fear fears being written down. When we write our thoughts down we can begin to see them for what they truly are, lies that create fear. I would write my fearful thoughts down and then pick it apart, eventually writing the truth. Little by little I began to believe the truth. It didn’t happen immediately, no it was a much longer process. But eventually I was able to change the radio station in my head from lies and fear to the voice of truth. I stopped believing satan’s lies and started letting God’s truth’s roll from my head to my heart. I always knew in my head that the bible was true but now I feel it in my heart also. It has taken the place of my fears.
I absolutely love the song “The voice of Truth” by Casting crowns. Here is just a small section of the song, but if you haven’t heard it before I would encourage you to look up the lyrics.
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
Proverbs 29:25-“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”
I pray we can all trust God and have a spirit of power, love and a sound mind!