Can you imagine life without fear or worry? I can’t. It is so much a part of our lives that imagining a life without the smallest fear, worry, or anxiety feels impossible. Adam and Eve were the only ones who were able to experience this kind of life — that is until they disobeyed the perfect law of God. From that moment on, fear and all of its relatives made their home in our hearts.
No one is immune. We all experience it, from mild uneasiness and worry to crippling anxiety and stark terror. We could spend weeks talking about all the things that rob us of our sleep and torment our minds. Instead of focusing on what affects us, we want to look at fear and worry in light of who God is and how we can overcome them through the power of His Word.
What is fear?
Fear is defined in many different ways. It is a feeling of anxiety or dread concerning an outcome or the stress of wondering if your needs or desires will be met.
Any number of things can cause fear. It can be ignited through people, circumstances, experiences, hardship, illness, death, loss, pain, the past, the future, or the stirrings of our imaginations.
Fear and anxiety not only affect us mentally, they also affect us physically. Fear puts a knot in your stomach and causes your heart to race. It can make it hard to concentrate or sit still. Fear can cause loss of appetite, or overindulgence, not being able to sleep and weepiness. It feels terrible to be afraid, but there is a deeper level to fear.
Fear is a lack of trust in God. When we let worry take over, we disobey God by believing something other than what He has said in His Word. Our fears show unbelief in what God is capable of doing, unbelief in His goodness and care for us, and unbelief in His greatness.
Here is the good news: While we will be exploring some of the things that cause fear, we will also look at how we can overcome our fears through the power of God’s Word. Our victory will begin when we focus on who God is and place our faith in His promises.
We don’t have to be controlled by fear, and when our eyes are opened to the incredible extent Jesus went to save us — not only from the penalty of sin but also from its power — we will see how fear and anxiety have no foothold in the Christian life.
Friend, there is only One who can conquer your circumstances, fears, and anxieties: The One True God who is real and lives. He acts and saves on your behalf because He loves you. He is your God.
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