The Power Of Fear
The presence of this new corona virus has caused an uproar, and the response has been alarming. While there is reason for concern, a greater power seems to have struck the hearts and minds of many. That being fear. So during this time of crisis, I am pausing my current study to focus on fear. As it is a strong driving force in this particular time.
What is Fear?
When we examine the definition of fear the emotion is defined in the following context, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
Notice, most definitions describe fear as an emotion. And a strong one at that! Likewise, this emotion is not necessarily without cause. It is all in how we respond to this emotion and how we choose to address that fear.
So, that raises the question:
What Does The Bible Say About Fear?
1. Fear is a spirit. One that is not God given.
2 Timothy 1:7 New Life Version (NLV)
7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2. Fear can trap us, if we do not put our faith in God.
Proverbs 29:25 New Living Translation (NLT)
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
Proverbs 29:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
3. God is with us. Always. Through everything. And we can trust Him in all circumstances.
Joshua 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT)
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Psalm 23 New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley, [a] I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Luke 12:22-26 King James Version (KJV)
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
Luke 12:22-26 New Living Translation (NLT)
Teaching about Money and Possessions
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
4. No power on earth can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38-39 New Living Translation (NLT)
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 King James Version (KJV)
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Yes, we are living in some frightening times. But we do not need to be a prisoner unto our own fears or the fears of the world. We can find comfort and wisdom in God’s word.