“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.”
(I John 4:18, NKJV)
Have you ever felt too fearful to do something you believe God has called you to do? At those times, you have to believe God’s Word because He is Truth, and He is not a man that He should lie. Fear is the opposite of faith. Faith empowers, emboldens, and thrusts ahead into divine destiny. On the other hand, fear keeps you locked up as a prisoner in your own mind and a slave to your delusions.
Fear is defined as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.” Synonyms include apprehension, terror, fright, panic, horror, alarm, and dread. These words certainly evoke images of torment! Nevertheless, when we nurture our relationship with God on a daily, consistent basis, we’ll walk in love and not fear; obedience, and not rebellion.
As we revisit the story of Moses sending the spies to Canaan (the Promised Land) in Numbers 13 and14, we see the children of Israel faced with a dilemma. They had to choose to step outside the comfort zone of familiarity to possess God’s promise (laid out and waiting for them) or continue to wander in the wilderness without the provision God had already made. Fear caused the majority of them to focus on the challenges they were well-equipped to overcome instead of standing on the victorious end result God had decreed. Their perception was definitely skewed. In their insecurity, they saw themselves as inferior to the people God commanded them to conquer! They even projected that their enemies saw them as they saw themselves – as grasshoppers (Numbers 13:33).
In Numbers 14:11, God’s anger was provoked by the people’s lack of faith as they were overcome with FEAR – in spite of His promise! How disheartening it must have been for the Creator, with His perfect plan and divine will laid out, to hear His creation murmuring about how they couldn’t receive what was already set apart for them because of their own insecurity. As if God weren’t big enough to fight for them! As if He hadn’t already gone before them to prepare the way and make provision!
Yet, how many of us offer the same lame excuses today? What “land of milk and honey” have you nearly forfeited out of fear? Have you seen yourself – and subsequently influenced others to see you – as a tiny bug that can be squashed in one step? Rise up! God has empowered you with His authority to face your fears. You are empowered for the purpose of destroying, vanquishing, conquering, and overcoming them – not wallowing in them, nursing them, or catering to them! If you’re paralyzed by fear or walking in disobedience (going in the wrong direction), your judgment is probably pretty shaky. We’ve all been there – whether we care to admit it or not.
So where are you today? Is fear clouding your judgment? If so, consider these progressive action steps that will help you confront and conquer fear:
- Look at it – identify the real issue (don’t keep sweeping it under the rug)
- Deal with it – get support and help from the brethren
- Be delivered from it – let it go!
- Help deliver others (minister deliverance) – walk in freedom and spiritual liberty
Know that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). When you take that first step, you’ll see the cloud of fear melt away as the light of God’s truth shines into your situation. Why believe a lie?
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (III John 1:4). Press forward to receive all God has in store for YOU. Trust HIM – He is faithful to His Word and keeps His promises. Remember: When God is on your side, HE fights for you and victory is assured, guaranteed, and certain. That alone should dispel any nagging fear hanging around! Now get moving in the direction God has instructed…
© Copyright 2008 by Kayren J. Cathcart