Fear does NOT come from God. Let’s make that clear, right up front. “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control” (2 Tim 1:7). When we become afraid of something, it is because we lack trust in God; we feel alone and on our own. Throughout the Bible, God assures us that we need not be afraid. We can find courage in God’s own words and promises:
Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice (Is 41:10).
Find Courage to Face Fear
When we find the courage to face fear, we can act upon our beliefs, regardless of persecution or criticism, because we know the Truth (God). We find that courage, by placing our trust in God. We, then, align our wills with God’s Will, with the goal of adhering to God’s Will in all things. God doesn’t want us to worry, or fear. So, we need to leave our worries and fears at the foot of His altar. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, Jesus asks several questions related to worries and fears:
- Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matt 6:25)
- Are you not more important than [the birds of the sky]? (Matt 6:26)
- Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life span? (Matt 6:27)
- Why are you anxious about clothes? (Matt 6:28)
- If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? (Matt 6:30)
Be Not Afraid
Many of us fear that if we don’t make enough money to pay the bills that we will become homeless. Others of us fear that if we don’t acquiesce to the popular crowd’s mindset, we’ll be left out and abandoned. But Jesus is telling us in Matthew’s Gospel and throughout the Bible, do not be afraid. Jesus says it best when He says, “Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil” (Matt 6:34). Deal with what you need to deal with today. Find courage in knowing that God is with you always. When you place your full trust in God, you will see your fears wane. You will find courage in the most unusual circumstances, graced by the Holy Spirit.
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