In His Word, the Lord instructs us at least 100 times, “Do not fear.” Why is this? He knows that our fallen nature has a tendency to look at our circumstances, abandon faith and embrace fear. Essentially, fear is the absence of faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NASB) I am convinced that when we act on fear we essentially agree with the evil one that we cannot trust God. But more than this, I am also convinced that God allows fearful times in our life, seasons in which we do not always see the ends of what He is doing. He does this to build up our faith. And in these seasons as you draw near to Him, you will hear Him whisper, “do not fear My child, for I am with you. I never leave you. I never forsake you. Trust now in Me and rest. Be still, for I am the Lord your God. I will provide.”
So what should we do if we are afraid?
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3, 11 NASB)
The psalmist has already decided how to handle fear. He knows that times will come when he is afraid and before they come he has decided what to do. When I am afraid, I will trust the Lord. There is no agreement with the evil one here. This statement boldly proclaims to the enemy, “what you have placed before my eyes and in my thoughts is fearful, but I trust the Lord, so go away, I am not afraid.”
The next time you are afraid do 2 things:
- Seek the Lord. “I sought the LORD , and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NASB)
- Remember who you are! “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)
Always remember the source of your power is Christ. Remember that the fallen self is fearful, but The Spirit of Christ in you is powerful.