On the surface, you are the GREAT man or woman on campus; deep down, you’re scared to death! Remember when we were little ghosts like the Boogieman in the closet, the monster under the bed or the witch in your window kept you on high alert with the light on and calling mom every 3 minutes? Now that you’ve grown, or at least you hope you are, why are you still fighting fear? Should you pretend that you are supposed to be brave and brave while still hiding from all those “things that come up in your life”?
Fear is good when it motivates you to perform at your best, for example, the fear of failing an exam will lead you to study more, or the fear of having an accident will force you to drive safely. It is when we allow fear to become chronic, or cause stress and anxiety, that fear is not good for you. Fear is an emotion and nothing more. Fear is an illusion, and once you get over it, the problem that was worrying you will disappear.
How can we free ourselves from fear once and for all? Is it even authentically possible? In a resounding way, the answer is “YES!” That said, there is a caveat; in no way can you overcome what scares you on its own; nor can fear be overcome from a finite or limited “human” force base. However, you can take on fear with the infinite and limitless power of love and the conquering power of God.
Let me explain how this works.
First, God tells us in His Holy Word, love conquers fear.
In the Word of God, the Lord teaches us that this love has no fear, because perfect love drives out all fear. If we are afraid, it is out of fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
Let’s admit that it is very likely that many Christians have heard the saying “love conquers all.” It is used in various ways and contexts, but, when uttered by God’s own Word (Holy Bible), it is 100% true and infinitely powerful. Look at it this way, the Bible is the story, (Book of Life) of God’s perfect love for humanity (us) and how His agape (perfect) love continues to triumph over the darkest evil. God has bestowed His perfect love that conquers fear through His supreme gift, His Son (our Jesus), for our redemption. In other words, God has turned us away from eternal fear into the eternal glory and grace of His almighty love.
Believe it or not, that today’s Christians have an almost impossible time to swallow the idea that God will deliver them from fear, or from anything else, because they believe they are unworthy or unworthy before such a sovereign Father.
Romans 5: 8 (Apostle Paul): But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Notice here in Romans 5: 8, Paul, inspired by Jesus Himself, clearly explains to us that God does not expect us to be perfect before acting on our behalf, according to His will and purposes. That definitely means that God saves us not because we have earned our salvation by obeying all his laws; God saves, protects and loves us in spite of ourselves by His choice — By His glorious grace. Certainly, we can agree that God loves us and will protect us from each and every thing that will come against us; This includes any and all things that may scare us, scare us, or try to make us give up our lives to fear.
Romans 8: 28-31 (Apostle Paul): And we know that God makes everything work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Because God knew his people beforehand and chose them to be like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them a fair position with himself. And having given them a just position, he gave them his glory.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God
God is love, and if we trust that God is who He says He is, our faith in God’s love will free us from those fears that try to crush our faith and negatively consume our lives. Because the essence of this type of fear does not come from God; because the “good” is of God, as love is of God.
The apostle Paul shares with us what he shared with young Timothy, because God has not given us a spirit of fear and shyness, but of power, love, and self-discipline. God is the author of love. In fact, His very nature is love. Fear cannot dwell where perfect love resides, especially for us who invoke the Father; we are filled with the love of God.
Read: Ephesians 3:20
As Christians, we must remain alert to the devil’s wiles. The devil will do everything possible to steal and destroy all that is God. Scan the earth for fragments of weakness in our lives. He is ready to pounce on you and me every time we take our eyes off God and focus on our fears. We must steadfastly refuse to allow him access to our lives while maintaining our strong faith in the LORD. When fear comes, it is time to run closer to God.
Read: 1 Peter 5: 8; John 10:10; James 4: 7; James 4: 8
As Christians, let us never fervently lose sight of the fact that the battle against fear is ours in the name of Jesus.
When ghosts like the Boogieman in the closet, the monster under the bed or the witch in your window come calling, or if you are simply afraid of being scared, invoke the name of Jesus and prepare with God for battle.
Read: Ephesians 6: 10-17 (The whole armor of God)
In a world plagued by crippling fear, Christians like us need to seek opportunities to share God’s love with others, particularly among our own, and let all of us know of inexhaustible love, hope, and salvation that they can only be found. in Christ.
And always remember in your heart, the words of the Apostle John, as they came directly from God to you:
The apostle John teaches us this: But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit that lives in you is greater than the spirit that lives in the world.
The next time and whenever you are overwhelmed with fear, I encourage you to call on God immediately and without hesitation. God is always ready to act in your best interest, providing His peace, joy, hope, forgiveness, and love. Allow God to free you from fear. God speaks to us today as He spoke to David in Psalm 27.