While driving with my son one day we spoke about fear – how people allow fear to enslave them and how it affects them. He related how the behavior of some of his friends seemed unexplained at times or in certain circumstances. I noticed the first sign of fear in the bible after Adam and Eve sinned. The spirit of fear entered and drove them away from God – Genesis 3: 10 “I heard Your voice in the garden and was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”
I explained to him how I overcame anxiety and depression through meditating on the word of God and revelation from the Holy Spirit. The scripture that I mediated on is 2 Timothy 1: 7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.”
In order to remove negative thoughts, you need to replace them with positive ones. I replaced the fearful thoughts with the scriptures and believed that I have the power to overcome through self control – Acts 1: 8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;”
People fear the unknown or that which they cannot explain. Jesus freed us from all bondage including the spirit of fear. Fear makes us weak, oppressive, aggressive, depressive, evil and separates us from God. We hide away from God because of sin in our lives.
1: 7 says “The fear of the Lord is
the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The fear of the Lord is not being afraid of God, but understanding that He is a God of love and mercy to those who seek Him. He is a God to be feared to those who choose to turn away from Him. You will only get to know Him once you diligently seek Him through prayer, the word and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
verse in Proverbs 8: 13 sums it up very simply: “The fear of the Lord is to
hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I
Jeremiah 32: 27
I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, is anything too hard for me?
God told the prophet Jeremiah that He would hand the city of Jerusalem over to the Babylonians. He told Jeremiah that he should buy land from his cousin in the city even though it would be destroyed by the Babylonians.
Because of their evil deeds; idol worship, sacrificing their children to Baal, God allows the Babylonians to destroy the city and burn their houses. God wanted his people to fear him again for their own good and that of their children.
God promised that the land would be prosperous again and that houses and fields would again be bought in the city.
JOHN 1: 1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
Jesus is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us to bring glory to God through his death. The Word of God brings life and light in this world. The Word is truth and by the Word we are sanctified.
Deuteronomy 8: 18
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth”.
When we are enjoying the fruit of our labor, let’s not forget the Lord who has given us the strength, wisdom and ability to work and to enjoy the good things in life. When we have eaten and are satisfied, let’s praise the Lord for all he as done and provided us with. (Deuteronomy 8: 10 – 11)
Proverbs 9: 10
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
We begin to become wise when we fear God and when we have the Holy Spirit operating within us, he brings revelation knowledge through understanding of the scriptures.
Psalm 14: 1
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good”.
Daniel received visions from God but did not understand what they meant so he prayed for understanding.
Daniel 9: 23
“As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision”.
The scripture Proverbs 3: 13 starts with “blessed”. That is what you are when you “find” wisdom through believing in God and you gain understanding when the Holy Spirit operates within you.
1 John 3: 1
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that should be called children of God”
When you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ died for your sins and believe in your heart that you are justified by faith, then you are saved and made righteous.
Romans 5: 19
“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous”.
Through one man sin brought condemnation for everyone, through an act of righteousness, Christ brought justification and life for all men.
Death came through Adam because of disobedience and sin, but the gift of grace came through Christ, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Through the disobedience of Adam which brought sin, Christ brought righteousness through an act of obedience so that grace might reign through righteousness for eternal life.
Righteousness is obtained through faith in Jesus Christ and not by works, as we do not operate under the law but through faith, yet we still uphold the law (Romans 3: 31).
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Romans 13: 8-10
8 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
9 The commandments, “Do not commit adultery”, “Do not murder”, “Do not steal”, “Do not covet”, and whatever other commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule; “Love your neighbour as yourself”.
10 Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.
It is not easy to love your neighbour as you love yourself, unless you are in Christ Jesus does it make sense. Even as Christians, Paul says we have to practice hospitality. The kingdom of God is of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. When we practice walking in love we won’t want to harm our neighbour and break any commandment. As Christ is the end of the law Romans 10: 4, love is the fulfilment of the law.
The Jews obtained righteousness through the law by works, but now both Jew and Gentile can obtain righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus.
Romans 9: 30-32
30 “What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32 Why not, Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.
Christians do not believe in superstition and therefore we do not send out or pass on chain letters!
“one of a sequence of letters, each recipient in the sequence being requested to send copies to a specific number of other people”. (Google)
“a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck: a belief that certain events or things will bring good or bad luck”. (Merriam-Webster)
I have seen a few of these chain letters in my Whatsapp account as well as on Facebook. These messages contain information that is supposed to bring you “luck” or warn you that if you do not pass on to x amount of people that the chain will be broken and it could bring you bad luck or that something terrible could happen to you.
As a Christian, our faith is in a living God who is our refuge and help (Psalm 46: 1) and not in a series of events that is based on fear of the unknown. As Christians we should rebuke and denounce these letters immediately as they are just a doorway for fear and belief in magic and luck that is not of God. Our belief is in Jesus Christ and we can send each other messages of encouragement through the word of God.
“All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step.
1 Timothy 4: 7
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly”.