“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
Fear is a natural response to the unknown. God is supernatural. Fear is one of the natural responses to threats. Jesus is more powerful, more consistent, more righteous, and more perfect than the source of any threat.
Surprises (good or bad), pain, loss, opportunities, new things, and even beautiful things can trigger an initial fear response. But the same way you recover from the being startled, you can spot fear and move on.
Don’t let it control you. Don’t let it dominate you. If you are walking with God, even credible threats are just that… threats.
Walking with God involves walking in the knowledge Him. It involves obedience to Him. You quest for godly wisdom and are a proper steward with the people, places, and things He has put in your care.
Walking with God means recognizing the spirit of fear did not come from Him (2 Timothy 1:7). So you have no business playing host to that spirit. Though you will encounter it, though it may pass through you unexpectedly, it should not be able to take possession of you, your body, or your mind.
For the child of God, the follower of Jesus, connected member of the bride and body of Christ there is only one valid influencer of your thoughts, words, and behavior: the Almighty God. The true father of Jesus the Christ.
Yes, things will pop up and scare us. Some big things, some small things. But fear must NEVER control us. Fear wars against faith. And without faith we can not please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Stop telling God you can’t obey Him because of how big the monster is in your closet, or around the corner, or at your job (I’m looking at you, Willie Freeman).
Tell God you will trust and obey Him. Then actually do that. If you die because you trusted and obeyed God, things only get better because then you get to spend eternity WITH God!
Sort of a win-win situation.
Okay it is the first day of the week. So that means it is time for Mark 16:9 (remember that), Acts 20:7 (Keep doing that), and 1 Corinthians 16:2 (odds are Paul won’t drop by, but if you’re spending Sunday with a Bible believing congregation, there is godly work that can benefit from that).
God is good. Show Him love.