The question is still standing, “Whose report will you believe?” Our life actions and decisions will reflect where our faith lies. Some people think it is alright to be afraid and they allow fear to paralyze them from moving forward. Everyone understands what it means to be full of fear but it is a by-product of the fall of mankind. God tells us to not be afraid of the things of this world. To fear something is to give it a certain respect, reverence and regard so we are told to fear God and serve Him and not the gods of this world. When people fear what the world may say or do to them and refuse to obey God then they are allowing their respect and esteem for the world to rise greater than that of God. Anything that is allowed to have more than the respect and fear for God is an insult to God and His ability to provide and protect us.
Joshua 24:14a Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served…NKJV
Some people allow fear of others ability to harm and destroy them to rise greater than their belief in God’s ability to help them and work those hard things out for their good. Their actions will reflect these beliefs in their bending under the pressures of the time rather than standing in faith of God’s ability to provide and protect.
The world is constantly training people to be full of fear. To be fearful of their future, fearing things will go wrong with the people they love, their finances, their health society is cultivating a spirit of fear having people afraid of the unknown and paralyzed to take action. We are told to renew our minds with God’s world so we can think and act the way God would have us to act and not the world. Those who follow Christ must believe God’s word that He is faithful and is working all things together for good to those who love God walking according to His purpose. We can trust His word and rest in His love for us.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. NKJV
God did not give us a spirit of fear but of love, peace and a sound mind. Fear is an attack of the enemy and it is part of the fallen nature of mankind as a result of sin. This is not the way God created us. It is the enemy of God that tries to persuade people to believe his lie rather than the truth of God’s word. When people allow fear to debilitate and stop them from obeying God, they are exhibiting their belief and faith in the world and Satan’s ability to stop them and harm them more than God.
Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the fall so that fear will no longer have dominion over us. Fear has become an excuse and justification for some people to disobey the will of God. They will say they cannot or will do what is required because they are afraid but that is no justification before God. It is an affront and an offense to the character of God and who He is. All fear says before God is that they do not trust Him and have more trust in what is evil than His ability to perform His word.
The fearful is at the top of God’s list of the unbelieving and the abominable that will take part in the second death. There cannot be a standing faith in God and a constant fear of the world, because eventually a person’s action will display where their commitment truly lies. Salvation comes by faith in Jesus Christ and His completed work. Those who believe are saved by faith and those who do not believe are condemned by their own choice and actions.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. NKJV
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death KJV
John 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. NKJV
Everyone will have challenges and trials in this life; the question is how will we handle those hardships and tests? People who believe they should go through life without any problems are living in a fantasy. They tend to become dishearten and bitter when life becomes a challenge because they fail to understand God’s word and perspective on the trials of life.
Jesus told us that we would have problems but to be of good cheer, because He has overcome this world and the challenges we face. We show our trust and faith in God by committing our problems to Him and responding in prayer asking God to increase our faith and to give us His joy in that situation. We can trust His word He will work the situation out for our good and we can praise God with thanksgiving. When the world expects everyone to be full of fear, hate and bitterness, the response of those who follow Christ should be to show the love of God in hard and difficult times.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” NKJV
We see this world cultivating fear, which is a belief in the enemy’s power to do us evil rather than a belief in God’s power and love for us and His ability to provide and protect us. Fear will often times lead people into making decisions that can result into acts of self-destruction or leave them in a paralyzing state of hopelessness with a loss of purpose.
Soldier are not trained to use their weapon while on the battlefield that would be disastrous if they were not instructed in the use of their weapons before they went into battle. God’s word tells us how to operate in the kingdom of God on a supernatural plane. We are told to forgive, to love others as Christ loved us and study to show ourselves approved. Some people do not take the time to learn their weapons of warfare and wait until they are in the battle to make their decision to stand or to prove their weaponry and they fall in the midst of these trials.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV
2Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. NKJV
We are born again by faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit who lives in us changes our lives and our heart’s desires. The very essence of our being and our lifestyle will change and be transformed by God when we allow His word to be planted in our hearts. There is no new birth without a transformation. A person cannot be born again and become a true Christian without following Christ. There must be a transformation if there is a true conversion one cannot happen without the other. It is God His love that lives within us that transforms our heart and our lives. It is the love of God that is display when we are truly born into His likeness therefore this must be a change in lifestyle that reflects a new birth.
When we become rooted and grounded in the love God has for us, we can stand before men and press through the fear to face the opposition and the challenges of this world. We can stand in faith because we have a relationship with God our Father and believe in His love for us. We will learn how to rest in our identity as God’s Beloved and begin to reflect God’s love on the earth and showing His love to others, which is our original purpose.
How we respond to problems and the trials of life will display our true beliefs. It is through our faith and trust in God that we exalt Christ. God is exalted as we respond in love and not hate. As Christ is, so are we in this world! The Holy Spirit of God living in us give us the ability to be like Christ in this world. We grow into the image of God through knowing Him and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. We are being transformed into His likeness that the world may see His glory.
1 John 4:17-18 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. NKJV