Fear (noun) – the most debilitating disease in human history
- Fear feeds on a lack of faith
- Fear is a sign and symptom of imperfect love
Synonyms and Related Items:
- Doubt, Disbelief/ Unbelief, Insecurity, Worry, Anxiety, Stress, Hopelessness, Despair, Second Guessing
Antonyms and Unrelated Items:
- Peace, Joy, Fearlessness, Carefree, Hope, Faith, Belief, Trust, Confidence, Courage, Progress
When it comes to the things of God and stepping into the life you were meant to live, there is nothing more damaging to your destiny than fear. Fear is the greatest enemy to our faith and the progress of our lives. All fear is from the Enemy. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that it is not God who has given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and self-discipline.
The main objective of fear is to ensure that you never reach your full potential. The Devil would love nothing more than for you to be paralyzed by fear and doubt so that you don’t fulfill the purpose God created you for. Every one of us has a God-given assignment (Romans 8:28, 2 Timothy 1:9). If the earth’s entire population fully surrendered to Christ and carried out their specific function, this world would literally operate perfectly. There would be no crime, poverty, racism, broken homes, abandoned children, corrupt government, starvation, etc. Unfortunately, this is far from our reality. While the woes of this world can be attributed to several things, the biggest culprit is a lack of trust in God. When a person neglects to have faith in God, they usually end up relying on themselves. And because we’re human, we naturally have flaws and imperfections; so trusting in our own ability puts us in a high-risk situation. So many things can go wrong. So many things may not work in our favor. At that point, fear of failure drives us to do all kinds of things that are detrimental to our journey. White lies become big lies and “harmless” acts become dirty deeds. Destructive behavior is never satisfied in those who have chosen to live a Godless life, only having faith in themselves. Their behavior gets worse and worse as time goes on (2 Peter 2:10-15, Proverbs 27:20). As long as people live like this, they’ll never complete the plan God has for their lives and the issues that flow out of their lives will continue to negatively effect the world. Our existence on this earth matters whether we choose an honest path or a toxic one. We will effect those around us no matter what!
As Christians, we have the power to change the course of history if we so choose. Christians account for nearly a third of the world’s population, which is more than enough if we decide to trust God without limits. I think of the enormous impact Jesus alone had on history. Jesus is God but he set aside his divinity and became the example of how we should live (Phil. 2:6-8). The apostles didn’t fare too badly either as they also raised the dead (Acts 9:40, Acts 20:9-10), healed the sick and performed other miracles thanks to their faith in God (Acts 5:14-16). These miracles weren’t performed once in a blue moon. It was a way of life. Since God is able to do the miraculous, what makes us think he can’t lead us on the path of success in our lives. The life of a Christian should be an example to the lost world of what Christ can do through those who believe. Of course, experiencing this level of faith takes time and practice and we can start with the smaller tests in life.
Have you ever had the urge to say or do something you knew was right but you were too afraid to take action? Maybe you were afraid of what people may think or say about you. Maybe you simply didn’t want to offend the person or make things awkward between the two of you. I totally understand this internal struggle because I too have been in this predicament more times than I care to think about. But no matter how uncomfortable you feel, being fearless means going forward anyway and doing what you know you should. Anytime we step out on faith, the Enemy is in our ear telling us all the things that could go wrong or how tough the road ahead will be. He’s a liar by nature (John 8:44) and tries any tactic he can to get us to second guess what we already know. God is good and he has amazing plans for our lives (John 10:10). This is not news to most Christians, but the question is, “Are we going to trust God or continue to allow the Enemy to keep us in fear and stifle our progress?”
Overcoming life’s tests allow us to go to the next level in our Christian walk. Sometimes we become frustrated with God because we’re not where we want to be in life. Although God has his timing (Eccles. 3:1), we often suppress our own advancement because we are not exercising our faith. God will never bless us beyond our capacity to handle it. God wants us to be prepared, not overpowered. A sure fire way to move your life forward and grow your faith is to approach life’s situations with full trust in God’s power and direction. Joyce Meyer always says, “You can be powerful or you can be pitiful, but you can’t be both.” I’d like to piggyback on that and say, “You can be full of faith or full of fear, but you can not straddle the fence and expect to see results in your life (James 1:6-8).” It takes courage to live for Christ and the reward is immeasurable!
Being able to trust God comes from having a relationship with him. Although God’s greatness is beyond our understanding, he desires to fellowship with us. He gave his only son so that we could live life without limits (John 3:16). We can trust God with our lives because he loves us so much. When we exhibit doubt, we are also showing a lack of belief that he loves us. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18). Think about your relationship with people. You are more inclined to trust those you love and love you rather than a stranger or someone you only see occasionally. Our trust is based on our relationship with a person and how well we know them. Knowing Christ is absolutely vital to our faith. In fact, real faith in God can’t exist without knowing him. What would our lives look like if we lived fearlessly? None of us truly know the extent of what God can do. He can do more than we can even imagine for ourselves (1 Corinthians 2:9). You are an instrument that God wants to use to reach people who are lost and hurting. Think about the impact we can have in the lives of others. Living a life of faith is not only for us, but it’s for those around us. Take a chance, trust God and be fearless!
Kirby N. McKinney