Break The Stranglehold of Fear & Worry!
There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1st John 4:18
We all know what it’s like to be strangled by worry and fear. Fear teams up with its good friend, worry. More often than less these two work together in an attempt to bring misery to our lives. Fear brings worry or worry brings fear, troubling our minds with thoughts and tying our stomach with knots. The result is paralysis of our faith.
Fact is, modern medical research has proved that worry can actually cause physical sickness. It can break down your resistance to disease. It also can affect our nervous and digestive systems. Research also tells us these two partners can cause heart issues and disease. Worry and Fear is at root for emotional and mental sickness as well, and of course they affect our spiritual health. Excessive worry can really mess up your life.
We all know what it is like to have fear concerning some things. Fears concerning our marriage, children, finances, health, friendships and even our security of salvation. Far too often we are fearful of the wrong things in life. At the same time, we are not afraid of the right things in life--particularly our fearing the Lord. We don’t fear God like we should. Yet the Bible tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
To fear God doesn’t mean trembling in terror 24 hours a day before Him. Rather, the proper fear of God is reverencing Him. It is respecting God for who He is and trusting Him in all our decisions and actions. When we fear the Lord correctly we will fear displeasing Him more than fearing anyone or anything else. When we sin, it is not the fear of what God will do to us. Rather, it’s the fear of what we have done to Him and it is that fear that will help us practice holiness before Him.
The life changing truth is that when we fear God we will fear nothing else and no one else. On the other hand, if you don’t fear God, you fear everything and everyone.
Jesus said- “Fear not I am with thee I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”. We must remember He has told us over and over again to not be afraid. Why- because He is with us. He is our light, He is our salvation, our strength. He is our life. With that in mind whom should we fear?
If you are filled with fear and worry resist them by asking the Lord to rebuke them. Bow your knees right now and ask Him to give you strength for life and faith to replace fear and worry.
Terry has been the Senior Pastor of Liberty for 30 years. He and his wife, Karen, have 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 spoiled dog named Cooper.