No Fear – Brave and Bold
2 Timothy 1:7 Modern English Version (MEV)
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.
Fear can act as a life saving mechanism to warn us of danger. It is programed into our minds as a means of self-preservation; but if fear rules our lives, it will rob us of our joy and peace as well as faith in how God sees us.
Everyone has experienced fear. Fear is both a noun and a verb; in other words it is not only an emotion but it is also a state of reaction.
There are essentially two kinds of fear:
- Healthy Fear: This the kind of fear that keeps us from doing dangerous things and making reckless choices: fear of running in front of a moving vehicle, fear of gambling away a life savings, etc.
- Unhealthy Fear: These are the fears that stifle our lives, limit our potential and ultimately kill our testimony: fear of criticism, so we avoid contact with people who challenge us to grow. Fear of failure, so we never even try to accomplish anything. Fear of discomfort, so we never step out of our comfort zone and never take any life enhancing risks. Fear of the unknown, so we go through life paraniod and limited in faith.
Today I want to address unhealthy fear. Unhealthy fear will infect and kill the faith of a Christian, without mercy. Fear is one of the primary weapons the enemy forces will use against the believer on the battlefield of the mind.
I’m not talking about a fleeting negative thought that quickly crosses your mind and then leaves just as fast as it came. I’m talking about routine and systematic bombardment against the very fabric of your soul.
This kind of fear will speak the “what if ____ (fill in the blank a fear you’ve experianced) happens?” lie at every turn and chance it gets. Fear will try to infect the dreams, hopes and destiny that God has intended for you with the “What if Virus”:
- What if I fail
- What if I’m not good enough
- What if I’m rejected by people
- What if my health fails
- What if my finances fail
- What if my marriage fails
Fear’s primary goals are to choke the life out of your soul and extinguish the faith you have in Christ. It will choke until you have no more will to fight and no desire to stand up for the Kingdom.
Fear wants to kill your belief in who God is and His never failing promises written in His Word. Fear will cause a believer to say some of the most pitiful things and pray some of the most ineffective prayers.
Fear wants to erase your identity as a Child of God and wants to ensure that your testimony is not heard by those who are lost. Fear will take dreams and goals hostage.
Fear will cripple and eat away at your vision, even before the vision has had a chance to take root, grow and bear fruit. The enemy will whisper lies of failure, rejection and fear for the primary objective of keeping you from reaching your Heaven ordained purpose for The Kingdom of God.
Psalm 23:4New International Version (NIV)
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Every believer has battled with fear as some time in their walk with the Lord.
But the hope we have is that fear was defeated at the cross by Jesus. Any weapon forged in hell, against your soul and God given purpose, has been rendered useless and ineffective. Your soul has been bought with a price and redeemed by the blood of Jesus. You no longer have to walk in bondage as a slave to fear.
The assurance and hope that we have as Christians is that Jesus Christ defeated Satan, death, hell and fear at the cross. We are no longer helpless hostages, instead we have been given a spirt of Power, Love and Self-Control.
Be intentional and let this truth settle in your soul: Jesus isn’t limited to just forgiving your sins; He has set your soul free from bondage and chains; including fear.
So rise up. Be bold and have no fear. God is with you because of what Jesus did at the cross for us.