What is Fear according to the Bible?
Well, as human beings; we are told that “fear is an illusion” or “fear is just our mind’s perception”, but as Christians, we know that fear is not of God, but of the enemy as said in 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, “7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” with the so-called “Spirit of Fear” being Satan’s way of counteracting our trust and faith in Christ. Although we as human beings think that we can overcome fear with a man-made solution, there is no man-made solution to an internal struggle. The only way that we as people and Christians can conquer fear is by putting our trust in God first and letting His Word strengthen and encourage us to fight our fear.
“18. 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. 19. We love Him because He first loved us.”
We know in the Bible that fear is a weapon employed by Satan and the Bible even tells us not to give the devil a foothold in our lives, but we continue to let him gain a foothold in our life; why? It’s because of fear; which is a powerful tool and weapon that Satan uses to either tell us “It’s too big for you” or “You’ll be rejected by your peers because of your beliefs” because he knows that it is when we are at our lowest that he can hopefully destroy your faith and trust in God.
I have this problem, but my fear is being rejected by peers which everybody faces in life; but for me, this stems from me having friends in elementary and middle school and once I reached high school it was hard for me to make friends. However, now I know that the friends I need are the ones that know God.
Steven Furtick says, “We don’t have to fear what we face when we know who we’re trusting in.”
I recently read a blog post by Hazel Straub on Pure Glory entitled, “Fear Or Faith In God” where she focuses on this topic and talks about how to overcome it. In the blog post, she said, “… When we believe a negative word, fear grabs and pulls us down. Our faith and trust in God must grow bigger than fear” and I think that this is a notable quote for us as Christians because we oftentimes believe what we want to believe and if that word Is negative and causes us to fear something or someone; that fear will have a hold over us if we don’t start to put our faith in God.
In the Bible, we see many men and women who; when asked by God to perform a certain assignment or tasks the prophets become afraid and fearful of how the people will respond to the message. One such person is Moses when He met God at the Burning Bush.
“12. But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
“1. Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’”
Moses was a former Egyptian who; when tasked by God to free His people from Egyptian slavery responded immediately with fear because he was afraid of what the children of Israel might say, however; what God says next should give us as Christians the strength and encouragement not to let fear win saying, “I will certainly be with you.”
God will never leave us nor forsake us; which leads me to a YouTube video entitled “When Anxiety Attacks | Pastor Steven Furtick” where Pastor Steven Furtick preaches on this topic. In the video, Pastor Steven Furtick has several statements that I feel we as people and Christians should use when faced with fear or anxiety.
- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
- “What are you going to do when anxiety attacks?”
- “The attack of the enemy often manifests itself in an overwhelming sense of anxiety.”
- “You have the upper hand”
- “The problem with some of us isn’t that we’re sinking. It’s that we won’t stay close enough for God to get us in His grip.”
- “Sometimes anxiety in our lives is a result of our unwillingness to be obedient.”
- “… the pride and anxiety are in the same package.”
Steven Furtick said, “At the center of your anxiety, if you really trace it is your pride.”
This statement caused me to pause for a minute and realize that; there have been times throughout my life where my anxiety rested with my pride. Throughout the sermon, Steven Furtick’s points regarding anxiety should give us as Christians a sense of peace knowing that God has our backs and that it is only when we stand firm in God’s Word and face our fears that the Devil holds no power. Near the end of the sermon, Steven Furtick said a quote that I feel Christians and non-believers should take to heart when they suddenly feel themselves under attack by the enemy saying, “When anxiety attacks, it will drive you to seek God, to seek His hand.”
Alan Sivakumaran, an intern at the Center of Psychological Services in Texas wrote a blog post on Before the Cross entitled, “Fear Cannot Dictate Our Lives” where he talks about this topic. He said, “Sometimes we do give in to fear because we naturally do not want to be harmed or alienated.” And I think that the fear of being alienated and harmed because of our association with Jesus Christ leads many Christians to deny Christ just like Peter himself did in the Gospels. However, we Christian should know that the Lord gives us strength in times of struggle and fear as said in Psalms 27:1 which says,
Psalms 27:1, “1. The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
This leads me to an article I read written by Kelly Balarie called, “When Fear Disqualifies You” where she talks about the fear in her life and how God showed her that fear only disqualified her. In the article she says,
Fear disqualifies us from so much of God’s great.
It drags, us, sons and daughters of God, to the sidelines of stuck.
It disregards God’s Promises.
It diminishes our perception of God’s love.
It wages a war against the Spirit.
It exalts the pursuit of self.
Fear is fret. Faith is hope.
These several quotes show us how fear affects our lives and that it oftentimes works to diminish our faith in Christ, but I have found during this post that all fear is; is an obstacle or giant blocking you from continuing the plan that God has for your life. Throughout our lives, as people, and as Christians; we encounter fear on a daily basis because of Jesus Christ but we don’t have to give into fear because although there are multiple forms of fear, God is always bigger because we know that He goes before us.
Christian singer Christ Tomlin has a song called, “Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies]” and in the song; he sings how we know that God goes before us and continues to surround us and that He is always by our side.
I recently watched a YouTube video called “How To Overcome Fear And Anxiety” where Tony he breaks down how to overcome fear and anxiety. In the video, he breaks it down into 3 sections saying:
- “First. We got to know how God intended for us for live. How God created us to live.”
- “… We aren’t supposed to be living in fear. What you’re going through right now. The fear that you’re feeling is not for us.”
- “Little victories lead to big victories”
In the end, though; fear at the end of the day is a powerful and dangerous weapon used by Satan to undermine God’s plan for your life. He will use any weakness and insecurities in your life to get you to lose your faith in Christ, but you can’t let him. Remember this, fear is only an obstacle designed to stop you from reaching the plan God has for your life.
So, what will you do? Will you continue to allow fear to dictate your life and tell you how you are meant to live? Or, will you turn to God and His Word as a source of strength in times of anxiety and fear? Let me know and please comment and join the discussion.
Balarie, Kelly. “When Fear Disqualifies You” CBN, http://www1.cbn.com/health/when-fear-disqualifies-you . Accessed 19 Sep 2017.
“Chris Tomlin – Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies] [Lyrics]” YouTube, uploaded by ChrisTomlinVEVO, 4 years ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOkImV2cJDg . Accessed 20 Sep 2017.
“How To Overcome Fear And Anxiety” YouTube, uploaded by SourceofLightTV, 1 year ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiabtA12Efk . Accessed 21 Sep 2017.
Straub, Hazel. “Fear Or Faith In God” Pure Glory, 27 Apr 2015, https://pureglory.net/2015/04/27/fear-or-faith-in-god/ . Accessed 18 Sep 2017.
Sivakumaran, Alan. “Fear Cannot Dictate Our Lives” Before the Cross, https://www.beforethecross.com/devotionals/fear-cannot-dictate-our-lives/ . Accessed 20 Sep 2017.
“When Anxiety Attacks | Pastor Steven Furtick” YouTube, uploaded by Elevation Church, 11 months ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMpzvw4yhB8 . Accessed 20 Sep 2017.
Author Unknown. “I Walk Through The Valley Of Shadow Of The Death” http://www.quotesvalley.com/i-walk-through-the-valley-of-shadow-of-the-death/ . Accessed 18 Sep 2017.
Author Unknown. “We don’t have to face FEAR…” https://i.pinimg.com/originals/14/77/3b/14773bcf99492715bf4a6696a231dd9f.jpg . Accessed 18 Sep 2017.
Author Unknown. “You Are Loved – 1 John 4:18-19” http://www.crosscards.com/cards/love-1/you-are-loved-1-john-4-18-19.html . Accessed 19 Sep 2017.
Author Unknown. “Bible Verse about Worry” http://www.bibleverseimages.com/worry-anxiety-bible-verse-3.htm . Accessed 20 Sep 2017.
Author Unknown. “Let your Faith be bigger than your fears” https://sermonquotes.com/call-to-action/8135-your-faith-is-bigger.html . Accessed 21 Sep 2017.
Spurgeon, Charles. “The worst evils of life are those which do not exist except in our imagination. If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows. We feel a thousand deaths in fearing one, but the (the Christian) cured of the disease of fearing.” http://www.azquotes.com/quote/890782 . Accessed 16 Sep 2017.