Fear has a cure


Fear.

The Bible speaks much on the subject of fear.  Over and over again we are told to not be afraid.  The phrase “Fear Not” is found 62 times in the King James Version of the Bible.  There have been many, many sermons preached on this subject, along with books and songs too.  Psychiatrists and psychologists spend much of their time dealing with the fears of their patients.  Pastors and counselors spend a significant amount of time dealing with the fears of their church members.  Fear seems to be everywhere.  Some fears are natural, some are circumstantial, some are personal, some are relational and some are even supernatural.

In no way do I claim to be an expert in the field, but what I would like to do is share what the Bible has to say on the subject.  I believe that your fears can be eliminated as a result of your knowledge of God, His Word and who you are in Christ.  Before we get started on the biblical side of the equation please read what some of our more famous thinkers had to say about the subject of fear:

Fear is the parent of cruelty.  (James A. Froude)

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.  (Mark Twain)

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them. (Alfred Hitchcock)

Fear, true fear, is a savage frenzy. Of all the insanities of which we are capable, it is surely the most cruel.  (Georges Bernanos)

Fear is the most devastating of all human emotions. Man has no trouble like the paralyzing effects of fear.  (Paul Parker)

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.  (Edmund Burke)

Fear, if allowed free rein, would reduce all of us to trembling shadows of men, for whom only death could bring release.  (John M. Wilson)

Fear always springs from ignorance.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The Christian and non-Christian struggle on a daily basis to minimize and eliminate the fears in their lives.
Here is a list of the most common fears:
  • Bugs, Mice, Snakes, Bats
  • Heights (falling)
  • Water (drowning)
  • Public Transportation
  • Storms
  • Closed Spaces
  • Tunnels & Bridges
  • Crowds
  • Speaking in Public
  • Germs
  • Needles
  • Social Situations
The Psalmist David asks the question,
“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?”  (Psalm 27:1)
As a Christian we need to examine the things that cause fear to come into our life.  Many fears are based on our natural instinct for self-preservation.  However, many fears are the result of feelings of inadequacy, a fear of death or dying and the fear of loss.  It is the unknown in our lives that many times causes the greatest amount of fear.  For many it is fear that keeps them from pursuing things in life.  The fear of failure and rejection keeps ideas locked in the heart and mind, never to see the light of day.
Anxiety, dread, apprehension and uncertainty can be crippling in our lives.  These may enter our lives in the arena of work, school, family, friends and even ministry.  Fear causes us to shut down.  If left to grow in our lives it will isolate us and eventually remove us from any public interaction.
Fear is not God’s will for you life.  Here are some of the things the bible has to say about fear and the Christian:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  (Psalm 23:4)

I praise God for his word. I trust God, so I am not afraid. What can human beings do to me?  (Psalm 56:4)

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.  (Proverbs 29:25)

Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  (Matthew 10:28)

And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.  (Luke 12:29-32)

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  (Romans 8:15)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  (2 Timothy 1:7)

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.  (Hebrews 2:14-15)

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.  (1 John 4:18)

Fear can be driven out through knowledge.  Eliminate what is unknown in your life through research and education.  It has become a slogan but, “knowledge is power.”
Fear can be driven out through faith.  Faith that God is able to perform what He has promised.  Fear overtakes faith when you disbelieve or doubt God’s ability or willingness to honor His promise.  Faith overtakes fear when we believe the Word of the Lord regardless of what our circumstances are telling us to believe.
Fear is ultimately driven out by love.  The love of God is the most powerful force in the universe. God loves you, right now, just the way you are.  Your are fully accepted and will not be abandoned.  Let God’s love for you build confidence in your life that destroys your doubts and eliminates your apprehension.
Fear is also a spirit, an evil spirit.  As a Christian you have authority of the spirit of fear.
“Submit yourselves therefore unto God, resist the devil and he will flee.”  (James 4:7)
You were redeemed so that you could be free from things like fear.  God wants you to live a confident, fear free life.  If your confidence is placed in Christ, your confidence can be enormous.  If your confidence is placed in man or yourself, you confidence is only as good as they are or you are (rate it yourself).
May the love of God live in you in a gigantic way.  May you realize that you are loved, accepted and redeemed.  May the authority of Jesus’ name rest on your life.  May you boldly declare the Word of the Lord in the face of circumstances, opposition, demon spirits and even people.  Great is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
Feed your faith continually and starve your doubts and fears to death.

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