~By Emma Elstadt
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” -2 Timothy 1:7 AMP
I had a conversation with someone last week about fear and worry, and how it could affect your life in ways you didn’t even know about when you allow it to take control in your life. And, it can be really harmful to your spiritual well-being if you do. It bounds you. This is not from God. This is not what His plan is for us. There is so much more to life than to be anxious and stress about things that could or couldn’t happen.
The world is consumed with fear and lies, and we cannot deny the fact that there are evil lurking among us. This is why we must be careful and alert of the temptations that come our way.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’ [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one.” -James 1:13 AMP
Every day God is working in us. Day by day, we have the responsibility to grow with God, and spend time with Him. Your relationship strengthens and you gain wisdom far beyond reckoning, so that we can mature. In this process of growth, He molds us more and more into His image, creating a beautiful piece of art. But the enemy is deceiving, and he will try everything in his power to harm us. He does not care about us. All he wants is our unfaithfulness to God.
The Bible says you are to fear two things:
“Fear nothing in the things you’re about to suffer—but stay on guard! Fear nothing! The Devil is about to throw you in jail for a time of testing—ten days. It won’t last forever. ‘Don’t quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you.'” -Revelation 2:10 MSG
Television is a big reason for fear. Movies and shows are filled with terrifying life situations, not to mention the growing horror industry with monsters, aliens, zombies, demons all showing up right there in our living room. Our eyes are the windows to our souls, and if we cannot control what we watch and what we see and hear, fear starts to control us. It affects us in more ways than we realize. We have the responsibility to not let fear become something that control us, because that is the enemy’s way of discouraging and distracting you from your relationship with God. Fear needs to be controlled by us. So, for one solution; why not try turning off your TV, for good?
Television is unfortunately not the only thing that brings worry and fear, and we can’t always control what we see and hear every day as we live our lives. But God gets involved in our lives as we give it wholeheartedly to Him and He gives us the courage and faith to rule over fear.
One of the definitions of FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. The devil presents us daily with “evidence” of things to be “afraid” of, all around us. But it is up to us to weigh this up in the presence of God and see if it is real or not. When we spend time with God and fill up our minds and hearts with His Words of courage and comfort, there will come a point where there is no space for anxious thoughts, just thoughts of how great our God is and how much He loves us. We can either partner with fear or we can partner with God by trusting in His Words.
What will you choose today?
Ponder on these Scriptures when you are faced again with F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal;
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].”
-Phil 4:6-8 AMP
“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].” -1 John 4:18 AMP