Flush Fear!

by Lester Young

It’s time to get serious and set the record straight. It’s time we look Fear squarely in the eye and recognize it exactly for what it is, and just how insidiously dangerous it’s meant to be.

What, exactly, is fear? In a nutshell, if you understand what Faith is, you inherently also understand what fear is. Why? Because they’re the same force, only pointed in opposite directions. Faith is simply ‘believing’; it’s actually no more complicated than that one word. But we know by the Word of God that faith is also a spirit, because 2 Corinthians 4:13 declares, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, ‘I believed, and therefore have I spoken’; we also believe, and therefore speak.” So faith, then, is the “spirit of believing,” and it’s the substance – the essential makeup – of things we hope for (Hebrews 11:1).

Interestingly, God’s Word reveals that fear is also a spirit: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We only need to recognize, then, that fear is nothing more than ‘believing,’ as well – it’s just believing that’s “working” the wrong way. Think about snakes for a moment. Why are you afraid of them? (Assuming, of course, that you are; if you’re not, just pick something that makes the hair on the back of your own personal neck stand up and use it in this example: flying, water, heights, depths, parking garages, dogs, cats, bats, rats, clowns, kites, zombies, germs… whatever.) That fear is simply your ‘belief’ in the snake’s ability and/or intention to do you harm. That’s really all there is to it. And just as faith is the material that composes the things we want and hope for, fear is the substance – the essential makeup – of the things we don’t want to happen to us (Job 3:25; James 3:6).

Basically, in the same way that faith connects us to God and His promises (the Blessing), fear connects us to the devil and his threats (the curse). They’re both ‘believing’: Faith believes more in God’s Word than anything else; Fear is perverted and twisted faith, believing physical problems or circumstances more than God’s promises of deliverance and well-being.

We have to realize, however, that neither faith nor fear is based in our natural emotions and feelings. Because faith is a spirit, its source is not in your head, it’s located in your heart – in your inner being. In other words, you can actually be “in faith” in your heart while still being pressed with thoughts of doubt and fear in your head. But just like light and darkness or death and life, the two spirits of faith and fear cannot occupy the same spot – that is, your heart – at the same time. You can – and ultimately will – choose which one you’ll walk by at any given time, because you can’t do both simultaneously (Deuteronomy 30:19; Matthew 6:24).

The world says it’s impossible to not have some fear. Many people are even of the opinion that a “little” fear is actually a good thing. But God tells His people from the beginning of the Bible to the end to “Fear not!” Why? Because He knows fear connects us to Satan just as surely as faith connects us to Him, and that ‘connection’ is what allows either to work their will in our lives (Genesis 28:12; Psalm 103:20; Proverbs 18:21; John 1:51).

Now since God commands us not to fear, there must be a way to live without it – regardless of the world’s viewpoint or that of anyone in it. And 1 John 4:18 shows us that way: “There is no fear in Love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Imagine the most wonderful, caring and giving father you can think of. His children literally mean everything in the world to him, and there’s nothing at all he wouldn’t do for them. He protects them, he defends them, he provides for them… he’s given them his own name. He loves them with a love that words pale to describe – and they know it.

His kids are crazy about him. Why? Because they know without a doubt that he’s crazy about them. They know they can come to him… about anything. Even if they’ve screwed up royally – even if they know some disciplinary action might ultimately be involved – they know their Dad is still crazy about them and would never, ever hurt them. In other words, they’re not afraid of him – they’re not afraid to come to him… about anything! There’s no fear there – because they’re totally secure in their father’s love for them.

I’m not sure whether you know it or not, but that – and so much more than I can possibly describe – is the kind of Father we have. We have a Father who loves us – personally! – with the same love and just as much as He loves the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17, 17:23, 26; Ephesians 3:17-19). How can He love us like He loves Jesus, you ask? All I can think of is that it must simply be Grace (Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2). God is Love, so I guess He just wants to (1 John 4:8, 16). And if that’s the case, I’m just going to revel in it and not bother questioning it. I’m just going to plant myself in His love for me personally, and you should do the same (Ephesians 3:17). When we do that, we’ll start to notice fear being flushed out of every corner of our lives – and we’ll begin to enjoy true freedom, the way the Lord planned for us from the beginning (John 14:27; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Hebrews 2:15).

It’s time to get serious and set the record straight. Fear, even a little bit of it, is not a “good thing,” and it’s not to be trifled with. Even more importantly, it’s not to be “lived with”. Get rid of it, once and for all. Immerse yourself in God’s love for you personally and don’t put up with fear anymore!

 

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