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2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJ) “For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of Power, of Love and of a Sound (Peaceful) Mind.”
I learned this scripture as a little girl. That’s probably the first time many of us heard it, but I honestly believe I’ve said it more times as an adult than I ever did as a child. I haven’t heard much teaching on fear as an adult. Fear is only mentioned on occasion but it’s not something adults are supposed to deal with is it? We’re all grown up now and who’s still afraid of the dark?
Maybe in a “funny” way, “Oh my gosh, I’m SO afraid of heights!” “No, I just can’t, I’m claustrophobic!” “Ugh, I’m so afraid of spiders!” But those fears are okay, right? They’re kind of like little pets. You can keep them, because sometimes they’re funny or get you out of some task you don’t want to do. Sometimes these tiny fears we flippantly mention even garner us some attention, and who doesn’t love that?
James 1:15 (NKJ) “Then, when desire has conceived it gives birth to sin and sin when it is full grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived…”
Am I saying fear is a sin? Well, James 4:17 says, “So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him, it is sin.” Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you.”
As grown-ups we’re more likely to refer to fear as anxiety, worry or concern. As women it seems we’re expected to operate within a certain realm of fear and neurosis. It’s been a big joke for some time. Are we smart/pretty/funny/successful enough to earn their respect/love/admiration/desire?
As mothers, sometimes there seems to be little else to relate to each other about, aside from our concerns about our children’s health, the milestones they’ve reached, their academic success, etc. Are you doing enough? Are you doing too much?
These are all the opposite of faith. Philippians 4:6 (Amp) “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything…”
Fear is believing what the devil says versus Faith which is believing what God says. Fear is meditating on the plans and purposes of the enemy. The Word is very clear about how we shouldn’t speak the plans of the devil. Job 3:25 (Amp) “For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me and that of which I am afraid befalls me.”
What can we do to combat fear? Watch your mouth is the first suggestion I have! This is especially true for me because I talk a lot. I can talk about anything to anyone at any time. This leaves a lot of room for me to mess up. Really? I’m afraid so – oops! See? Easy to slip up…but that’s practicing. Practice makes perfect and who wants to be perfectly in fear?
Basically, it’s all about what you put in your mind, in your heart and what you speak out of your mouth about a worry, concern or fear. Luke 6:45 (NKJV) “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heartbrings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
When I’m afraid, I tend to say 2 Timothy 1:7 over and over again because that’s what comes to mind first. That seed was planted in my heart long ago and it’s almost instinctual now. Does it always work the first time? Not always. Do I stop saying it to myself? Nope. Do I still sing a song I learned as a kid that helped me get through lots of scary nights in bed all alone when I thought a coyote was going to jump through my window and eat anything that wasn’t covered up by the covers? YES! I still sing it! “God hasn’t given me a spirit of fear, in the name of Jesus, you get OUTTA HERE!”
Unlike my irrational coyote fear, at some time it may make sense to be afraid. There may be a situation arise that puts you in the big, hot middle of a problem and right beside people who are terrified for you. People who don’t watch their mouths and would never imagine they should. Romans 12:2 (NKJV) “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind so that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Don’t buy into a hopeless fear culture. Whether you’re dealing with sickness, financial pressure, a new job, shyness, divorce, abandonment – the Word of God will not return void. Fill yourself up with what He says. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”