"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment." 2 Timothy 1:7 CSB
A week ago yesterday our small community was shaken as a 16-year-old boy walked into the local library and shot 6 people, killing 2. The week ensued with terror, only made worse by over 30 bomb and other types of threats throughout the course of Wednesday night. Our kids didn’t want to go to school, businesses were on lock-down, and we were afraid.
As Paul tells us, fear is not of God, and there are three things God gives us that we need to remember when we are afraid:
Our power doesn’t come from ourselves--we have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us. When we understand that the power is not based on our doings, we can hand over our fear to God and ask for the power of bravery when needed. We ask for trust, and we ask for God to give us a confidence we can’t attain on our own.
God gives us a spirit of love. He is perfect love, and perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). When we stand in the truth that God loves us, enables us to love others, and remember the scriptures that assure us God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), we find confidence in our Creator, not in ourselves or those around us.
Let the Holy Spirit help you when you are fearful. Be real with God, and ask Him to help you to do things afraid. When my daughter was terrified to go to school on Thursday morning, we had prayed that night for God to help her trust. Part of God helping her to trust was for her to be obedient and go to school--even though she was afraid--and as a result, she witnessed God working at school, and she continued to move on despite fear.
Fear is a monster, but it can be overcome. If we stay rooted in the Word and ask God for help when we are afraid, the Holy Spirit will empower us to be able to move and to not be paralyzed because of fear.
God, I thank You that because of what Jesus did on the cross, we don’t have to be afraid of anything on this earth. I thank You for giving us a spirit of power, love, and sound judgement. There is so much going on in this country and so many reasons we could be afraid. I thank You that on the cross You overcame fear, and You have overcome this sin-ridden world. Thank You for Your perfect love that casts out all fear. Amen.
What do you do when you’re afraid? Ask God to help you with any fears you may be facing.
Look up “fear” in a concordance, usually located in the back of your Bible. Spend time in the Word addressing fear.