Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
What is your greatest fear? Is it more powerful than God? Fear is an unpleasant emotion expressed in response to something or someone perceived to be harmful. Scripture says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). The Lord who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), is with you and is greater than your fears.
The story is told that Moses and the Israelites were fleeing from Pharaoh and his army when they came upon the Red Sea. They were terrified and Moses their leader felt afraid and helpless. And so, he called out to God for help. The Lord said to him, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground” (Exodus 14:15-16).
God has given us the resources to manage our fears. As such, he does not want us to call on him for every concern, sometimes he wants us to use the resources and trust him. How would you feel if you have an adult child and he comes to you for help every time he faces a problem? God does not encourage the helpless habit. Does this mean we should ignore him in our daily activities? “No,” although he desires that we use our initiative and faith, he wants us to acknowledge him when we make decisions, “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).
Scripture says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit lives in us and is not a coward. We have the following resources to defeat our fears: God’s power, self-control to regulate our desires, and love to help others. The reality is that we have the most powerful weapon within us to defeat our fears. Do you believe?
If we have the resources to overcome our fears, why are so many believers fearful? The answer is simple, we do not believe God’s Word, therefore, we are not convinced that we can manage our fears through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our fears can prevent us from accomplishing our divine purpose, hence they must be eliminated or curtailed. The key to effectively managing our fears is to have a childlike faith in God’s Word. When we do, we will experience God’s power and authority, “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).