The topic of fear is one that we all have experienced from time to time. Most of the time fear is an emotion that comes over us when we are facing some sort of threat. This can involve natural disasters or personal threats that can bring harm to us or to those around us.
But there are also fears that plague us from past experiences and fears that are driven by the enemy (Satan), intended to kill, rob and destroy us emotionally and spiritually. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10
Fear can be crippling to the one who lives in constant fear. God tells us in His Word, There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
For the Christian who knows the Lord in a personal way, fear is something we need to be set free from. Living in fear is not living a victorious spiritual life. When we fear, we are not trusting! When we are not trusting in the Lord, we are trusting in ourselves.
The Lord desires for us to not worry and fret about today or tomorrow, but rather, to trust and have faith in Him who supplies all our needs and fulfill all our desires. Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life. Matthew 6:26-27
Having a healthy perspective of fear and how God looks at it, is key if we as Christians are to live our life in faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. If we meditate on God’s Word we will learn more about fear and have a better understanding of what His Word directs us do with our fears when they arise.