The Personal Journey 365, no “spirit of fear”
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind… 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV
A “spirit of fear” has nothing to do with the fear of the Lord, the reverential respect of God and His authority, nor does it refer to natural fear that is part of human instincts. No, this type of fear is not of God, but rather a means of deception that is left unchecked can steal, kill and destroy everything we hold dear. It brings its victims to a defenseless state of vulnerability opening the door for chaos and caustic choices.
What do you do when fear grips your heart with anxiety and envelopes your being with sheer panic? Frozen with fear at what to do next there still remains in us “free choice.” The choice is to surrender to the fear or surrender to trust in God despite what we see going on in our world. To rise above the fear (and anxiety) requires focus. When confronted with a major issue, or several issues bombarding us from every direction, we must stop, step back, and ask this simple question, “Where is my focus?”
In the Bible, Daniel was faced with the one thing we fear most –death. When Daniel refused to submit to the King Darius’ commands to only worship the King, he refused. As a result, Daniel was thrown into a den of lions. But instead of overwhelming fear, he focused on God and the relationship he had with him. His trust was so surrendered to God that he overcame the fear of death (Daniel 6). Take notice in the painting where Daniel is focused.
The same is true in other Biblical stories both in the Old and New Testament. Look at David in his fight with Goliath (1 Samuel 17); Peter walking on water (Matthew 14: 22-36); and Paul in all that Jesus called him to do to bring the message to the Gentiles. Each individual was called to first surrender their own understanding of this world and to lean on trust in God.
Despite what they understood and everything they experienced in this temporal world, they were set apart from the laws of this world to surrender to the freedom on the next –eternal world. Jesus showed us over and over again that our faith was not dependent on our understanding of this world, but in Him alone. Therefore, as children of the most high God through the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in us as believers, we have the means to overcome the impossible as defined by this world. Complete focus on God and total surrender of our limited understanding.
God is love (1 John 4: 7-8) and perfect love cast out all fear (1 John 4: 17-18). If we fear then we are still holding on to our limited understanding in this world, but if we surrender to God’s Agape (unconditional love) fear loses all power over us —For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). So no matter what fear is doing all around us – we keep our focus on God!
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