I’ve read that there are over 500 Bible passages that mention the issue of fear. I’ve also read that the specific phrases “Fear not” or “Be not afraid” are used 103 times in the King James translation. Obviously, God is trying to tell us something.
What are you afraid of right now? What’s got you stressed out? What’s causing you to lose sleep? Perhaps it is a health problem. Perhaps it is a relationship problem. Perhaps it is a financial problem. Whatever it is, have you talked with God about it? Have you sought His guidance? Have you sought His will? Have you sought His courage to face it?
In 2 Timothy 1:7, we read:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (N.K.J.V.)
Specifically, this promise is for Christians. A couple of translations even capitalize the “S” in the word “Spirit” to indicate that the reference is to God the Holy Spirit, who indwells each Christian. Therefore, Christian, you of all people should never allow fear, fear of anything or anyone, to dominate your life. To do so is to cut against the grain of the Holy Spirit who dwells inside you. He’s not afraid. So why are you?
You say, “But Russell, you just don’t know what I’m dealing with.” No, I don’t. I do know, though, that God is bigger than your problem. Once you get Him on the case, He will do one of two things. He’ll either rescue you out of the problem or He will give you the wisdom, strength, and, yes, courage to tackle it. One thing is for sure: He doesn’t want you walking around scared to death. The key is to replace your fear of the problem with your faith in Him. You do that and you’ll be amazed at how He responds.