Fear is something many people struggle with. The reality is fear is a normal part of life for all of us. Lord knows I have experienced my own battles with fear throughout my life. It tends to start when you try something new, something that you’ve never experienced before, or even something that is an unknown. For a time it seemed as my journey through life continued, the more difficult my fears became until I would find myself often battling very “different” kinds of fear nearly everyday.
Have you ever wondered or even asked yourself where fear comes from in the first place, what is its origin? Particularly since 2 Timothy 1:7 says, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind. When we are in fear we are in bondage. This is exactly how terrorists operate, through intimidation, by preying on our fears of the unknown. It gets its grip on us and once we are controlled by fear it changes our focus. Our focus soon becomes whatever it is that we fear, sometime even to the point that we even begin to serve this fear we have created and before we know it, we find ourselves letting it manipulate us away from God instead of towards God.
One day Jesus while taking a nap while on a boat trip from one shore to the other, just across the water to the other side was abruptly awakened by His crew. He promptly presented a question found in n Mark 4:40 to His disciples, as they are those who disturbed his peaceful slumber, He says to them…” Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” Often time when we find ourselves struggling with a particular area in our lives we may later discover it is rooted in our own fear. The Bible says the sleep of a believer will be sweet and peaceful because he knows the Lord is with him (Proverbs 3:24; Psalm 4:8). This is why Jesus, when He was awakened, rebuked the disciples with the question “…how is it that ye have no faith?”. Notice He doesn’t say you do not believe in God. However they didn’t exhibit nor exercise the faith necessary to believe what God would do for them.
The apostles’ lack of faith reminds us that even those who lived and walked with Jesus, witnessed His miracles, and heard His message still found it difficult to be completely without fear and 100 percent faith-filled all the time. In that way, the disciples were a lot like us. However, their lack of faith was rebuked—and, by extension, so is ours. If Jesus was able to rescue the apostles from the storm, He is certainly able to rescue us from the storms of our everyday life: anger, depression, resentment, lying, sickness, job loss, marital problems, and even the sting of death, this list goes on and on – 1 Corinthians 15:55. Fear can be the cause of so many other things that if not careful could eventually control our lives.
We make the choice to allow ourselves to walk by faith or walk by fear. You do not have to succumb to any force that turns your focus away from the Love of God. In 1 John 4:18, it says that perfect love casts out fear. If we are drawing to the One who is this perfect love, we will not be battling, but instead overcoming and allowing Him to battle for us. Examine your heart and see if there are any areas of your life that fear has a grip on you. Get alone with God and place every one of those fears at the feet of Jesus. Make a decision to walk by faith and not by fear. Repent before the Lord and ask His forgiveness for your lack of faith in the particular area you are struggling with. Find Scriptures in the Bible to meditate on each time your mind goes back to that thing you fear. If we fill our hearts and spirit with the Word of God then there will be no room to fear.