We see fear working every day all over the world.
We see it on every news channel, in movies and television shows. It causes division in families, relationships and business. When we allow fear to go unchecked it can become the driving force behind the words we speak. It becomes the driving force behind the choices we make.
Where does it come from, though?
In Genesis chapter three we see that fear came into the world because of sin. Adam and Eve are afraid and hiding from God because they knew they had sinned by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
“I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself,” (Genesis 3:10).
There was nothing to be afraid of because Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony with God. Sin cut the connection between God and man and opened the door for fear.
Fear means, “dread, terror, cowardice, timidity, suspicion,” or, “to intimidate, to put to flight by terrifying.”
It is not always obvious and usually has the most damaging effect on our lives when we allow it to subtly creep into our mind and infect our thinking.
When we look back on relationships that didn’t work out and give an honest assessment of them, we’ll probably find that we were letting fear control us in some way. If we were suspicious or insecure and pushed the other person away in the process, then we allowed it to kill that relationship.
If we’ve ever passed on a promotion or a new job because we felt like we couldn’t handle the pressure, then fear stopped us from God’s blessing.
These are just two examples of how we allow fear to overstep its boundaries into our lives.
There is never a reason for sons and daughters of God to be afraid.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed (do not fear), for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go,” (Joshua 1:9).
The constant presence of God is our strength and courage.
We are going to look at other ways fear tries to control and intimidate us, and how to defeat it. I challenge you to be faithful in reading the posts in the coming weeks. Be honest with yourself about where you’ve allowed fear into your life and allow the power of God’s Word to change your life.