Thursday, July 18, 2013

To fear or not to fear? There is NO question!

Fear: to be afraid of: expect with alarm (fear the worst). A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.

Reverence – honor or respect shown or felt.


Over the week I have felt The Lord leading me to write on fear. I must say this was strange. I have never thought that fear was a struggle for me. So, I went to the internet. When I began to look, I noticed that there is several post debating just how many times we are told in The Word “fear not”. As I looked over many of them I thought how silly!! If His Word only told us once “fear not” that should be all we need.

 A few days went by and I started to wonder if I was even going to be able to write a post at all this week. The devil was really working overtime on me!! And sadly I was letting him!!
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 Then one day an ambulance went past and my friend immediately picked up the phone and started calling her family members to see if they were ok. I looked at her and said “that is ridiculous”. I asked her why she did that. She said “do you not do that?” I said “no”. To her the fact that I didn’t was strange. To me the fact that she did was strange. This brought me back to the subject of fear and why so many of us struggle with it. Also, it made me wonder, do I after all struggle with fear? Is the fact that I struggle so much with my desire for a Godly mate rooted in a fear of being alone???

 One of the most well known scripture on fear is Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. This scripture really does say it all. Yet many Christians live a life in fear. They fear the unknown. They live with the constant question of “what if?” What if I get sick? What if my family member gets sick? What if I lose my job? What if my marriage ends? What if …………??  The “what if’s” can wear us out!!!

 In the book of Romans chapter 8:14-15 we are told - For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him “Abba, Father.”
If we are living in fear it is NOT OF GOD!!!!!

 As I have been writing this, the Lord has sent me back to a binder full of Sunday School lessons from our sweet “Gran Gran” Mavalean Britt. In one lesson titled “The Danger of Fear & The Reward of Faith” she writes, “Fear’s job is to hinder, harass, trouble and try to stop the anointing in any way that it can. The earth is filled with fear. We must change it and fill it with faith.”

 The Word is filled with scripture after scripture that we can use to do this. Here are just a few:

Psalms 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Psalms 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Joshua 1:9 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.”

 The only fear we as Christians should have is reverential fear of the Lord. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians’ he writes: Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. (Philippians 2:12)

 This post was written from the heart of Beth Reed. My prayer this week is that all of us who are living in fear will realize it and be delivered!!!

 Please feel free to comment!! I would love to hear your thoughts!! If you have thoughts but for some reason can’t comment on the blog site feel free to email me at beffie221@gmail.com.

 P.S. I did not name my friend because I did not wish to embarrass her. However, should she reveal herself that’s on her!! :-)

8 comments:

  1. I love love love this devo!! I have struggled with fear for a long time and now I am finally letting it go and giving it to God!! Thank you for this awesome post! It was very encouraging! Love you!

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    1. I'm so thankfull!! Love you bunches!!

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  2. Good blog on fear! I do struggle with fear but I was delivered from it a long time ago. I do wonder if people are like me and realize that when you are delivered you must STILL stand against the devil everyday of your life!!!! The enemy will think up stuff to fear on each and every day. The key is to realize the enemy and not do it!!!! My trouble is I get caught up in the middle of fear before I know it!!!!! God help everyone who struggles with fear!!!!!

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  3. In addition I would like to say that fear is just like a horrible addition. People that struggle with any additions just need to keep on going! When you fail at fear....don't give up!!!!! Keep on going. The devil can't get you in fear unless you allow it! If you find yourself just like me , being involved in it before you know it.... Then the answer is..... Repent and walk on!!!! Forgive yourself!!!! I have to quote my scripture often- I do not walk in the spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind!!!!

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  4. Awesome devotional, Beth! We talked about fear in my LifeGroup last night and how we don't realize how it could be effecting our lives!! Great word!

    And you're so right, Pammie!! Once we are delivered from fear, we still have to be aware and pray about it!! Satan is very sneaky!!!

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    1. Thanks Ash!! We must have needed it if it was on the agenda for your group and on the blog!! Love you!!

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  5. That's right Ash- we gotta kick him to the curve when he cracks the door to come in!!!

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    1. Pam, fear can eat us up!! We can't allow that!'

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