Fear

Fear is one of the greatest weapons satan has for destroying the human race. Think about it. There is the fear of failing, the fear of people, the fear of losing a job, the fear of sickness and disease, the fear of death and many more. Fear shows up in the very first story with Adam and Eve. They feared that God was hiding something from them but the true heart of God is to protect us. Fear starts with a lie from Satan as he whispers, "God does not really care about you."

When Jesus lived as a man he explained it to us. Fear is simply a lack of faith. And faith is a lack of fear. If we believe (or have faith) in Him we have no reason to fear.  Jesus summed it up when he rebuked the wind for the disciples.

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. . Matthew 8:26 (NKJV)

Jesus gave us authority over "ALL" the power of the enemy (satan). We, as believers, have authority over fear.

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:18-20  (NKJV)

But authority must be put to use before it can do any good. If I give my grandchildren authority to take a cookie from my cookie jar, they have authority. But unless they walk over and grab a cookie they do not gain the benefits of this authority.

If we are to gain the benefits of authority over fear we must stand up and tell satan to get away from the cookie jar and then go and take what God has promised us. Satan, get away from my job! Satan, leave my marriage alone! Satan, you have no power over my health. I am redeemed by the Blood of Christ Jesus.

When I was a little girl I remember climbing the coal shed in my parent's back yard. I climbed on top of a rickety old chair I stepped onto a wobbling bucket. Then I reached to the roof and grasped the edge with my little fingers.  The bucket fell away and I dangled there in mid air. What an accomplishment this was. Next time I will make it to the top!

Then my eyes looked down and I watched my feet dangle in the air far above the ground. Suddenly fear hit me. My fingers tightened and my body froze. Without making a move I called out to my daddy. He ran over and reached out his big strong arms for me. He said, "Let go and I will catch you." My fingers tightened around the edging on the roof. Fear prevented me from releasing my grip.   There was nothing Daddy could say to convince me to let go. Instead of thinking about my daddy's strong arms, I dwelled on thoughts of falling and broken bones. The whole thing would have been over quickly if I had focused on my father and dropped into his arms. But I held on to my fears. My daddy had to climb the chair, wrap himself around my legs and pull me away from the edge of the roof.

What are you focusing on today? Are you holding on to your fears? Choose to believe today. Choose to fall back into our heavenly Father's arms. He is strong and he wants to help you.

You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ “Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them—Those who contended with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing. For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’  Isaiah 41:9-13 (NKJV)