Overcoming Fear!

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Every time we turn on the TV, radio, or read the newspaper there is more alarming news.  There is so much going on in the world today to cause fear and worry. Fear of failure, fear of the future, loss of jobs, loneliness, overwhelming debt, and so on, and so on we could go.  However, the Word of God says not to fear.  The Bible says not to let your heart be anxious.  Fear is a real emotion, but God gave us our emotions and with that gift, I believe, He can control them by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is certainly not to say that He doesn’t use doctors, but truly God is the great Deliverer.

Given that every believer is alive in Christ and our souls are in union with the Father, why do we struggle with anxiety and fear?  In his book, “Freedom from Fear,” Neil Anderson states that the answer is two fold. “First, in a positive way, a certain amount of fear is essential for our safety and survival. Secondly, in a negative sense, our minds are programed to live without God.  Everything that we have learned before we became Christians is still in our memory bank, and there is no DELETE button.” The worry-some problems are everywhere and constantly assaulting our mind.   That is why Paul said in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (By replacing what is of the old life with what is of your new life in Christ.)

Renew your mind in the truth of Bible scriptures and remind yourself that the God of this universe is your Father.  He created all things and in Him all thing consist.  God is covenant keeping and knows the end from the beginning.  The Lord is our Peace, our Counselor, and He is the Lord that will provide.  Ask Him to show you Himself as your “Strong Tower” in which you can run when fear assaults your mind and heart. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I now give you; not as the world gives do I give you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27