“For God did not give you a spirt of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self- discipline.” – 2nd Timothy 1:7
How many times have you held your tongue when God has told you to speak, or how many times have you sat on your bed at night thinking of opportunities God placed before you but you missed because fear stepped in the way? Fear, it’s a small four letter word, and yet we let it dictate our lives, we even go so far as to listen to this four letter word over God. I am no stranger to this sin, and yes I do say sin. Why do I call fear a sin, so glad you asked. First though I feel I need to clarify, there are healthy fears and unhealthy fears. Fear of God is good good; fear of failure is bad bad. Ok now that that is out of the way let’s take a look at why exactly fear manifested can, and will turn into sin. James 4:7 says,
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is a sin.”
Ouch right, shots of truth have been fired. So often we know EXACTLY what God is calling us to do but we turn a blind eye. Except we don’t have an excuse, maybe God is calling you to start a bible study but you are fearful no one will show up, perhaps God has called you to share your past sin to help someone else through the same sin that God in His grace has helped you overcome, or maybe God is telling you to share the gospel with the person sitting right next to you. So if you know the right thing to do but do not do it because of fear, have you not just put your fear above God? Are you in an act of not doing something because of fear, now committing idolatry? Taking a closer look at idolatry the bible is pretty clear about it; Idolatry is putting someone or something above God. Now if we put our fears above God we have just made fear a sin because we have made it an idol. But just because you have put fear as an idol does not mean you are destined to stay that way because you have bowed before fear since you were a child! No no no, in fact I would like to share a story!
Recently a group of friends and I were talking, and one girl was very broken, started crying and opened up about what was going on in her life. I noticed how one girl listened very intently and looked as if she had something she wanted to say, but kept the words choked back. I sat and waited, wondering if she would say something. After a bit of waiting I noticed some hesitation but saw her push through it, then she began to share her testimony with the girl. Y’all it fit perfectly! I saw this girl who was broken without hope look up at the one who had gone through something so similar and make it through, now look at us with a new found hope in her eyes that Jesus would walk with her just as he had done with the other girl. When we were done talking and heading to our cars I stopped and asked the girl who was hesitant to share her testimony why she hesitated. She responded “I was scared.”
Wow right, imagine how sad it would have been if she bowed down to her fear, how both of them would have missed out on a blessing… how all of us would have missed out on a blessing! Fear is an ugly thing. Sister, brother, mother or father please hear me when I say this, fear is a trap! If you have confessed that Jesus is Lord of all and believe it in your heart, you have been set FREE! Free, let that sink in, free y’all! We don’t have chains that hold us captive. Satan though is a crafty son of a gun, and he likes to make us feel like we are still in chains. Once we are Gods Satan can’t do diddly squat to take that away, but he can distract us, and trust me if you’ve bowed to fear in your life you have bowed to the idol of fear. Take heart though, because who the son sets free is free indeed! If you know in your heart that you have created an idol of fear, confess that before God because He is faithful and just to forgive you!
The bible says Satan comes to “steal, kill and destroy.” Don’t give him any power, any foot hold in your life, because when God calls you to do something and it scares Satan enough to put thoughts of fear in your mind, it is definitely something worth doing! So put on your armor girl and remember that when fear tries to trap you down that you have the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through YOUR veins! Don’t ever forget the power you have inside you because of Jesus. Keep up the good fight, don’t bow to fear and pursue God with everything you’ve got because it’s so worth it! If you have never been set free from fear because you don’t have Christ, know this, today is the day to be set free. Jesus says” If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
So while the world bows down to fear, the godly gal rises up in strength, cast out the idol of fear and listens to what Christ has to say.
She is… obedient!