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Don't Allow Fear To Get The Upper Hand
"Let not your heart shrink back through fear of any approaching evil." - Adam Clarke
It is very evident from the Scriptures that God does not want us to be afraid of anyone or anything.
In John 14:1 and 14:27, the Lord Jesus specifically told us - "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me." "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
The "heart" is the center of faith and feeling. We must not allow it to become full of anxiety, perplexity, concern, or care. Jesus is acquainted with all our undiscovered sorrows. He knows our soul in adversities(Psalm 31:7). Hence, we must not allow any evils past or present...any trouble that may be disturbing us...or any dangers to which we are exposed to fill us with fear.
"...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
There are a number of things - as outlined in the Word of God - that have the potential of bringing us into fear.
Let's examine a few of them and see if you are battling such fears at this time.
1. What Man Can Do Unto Me
Psalm 56:11 says - "In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me."
Ezekiel 2:6 says - "And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them..."
David declared that he was not afraid of what the greatest or meanest of men could do unto him. They may threaten, but they had no power to carry out their threats unless it be given them from above.
The Prophet Ezekiel had those who ill-treated him for his message. He was not to allow their reaction to his preaching to cause him to suppress his call to repentance in any way, shape, or form.
2. The Terror By Night
Psalm 91:5 says - "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night..."
At night is when accidents are the most terrible and least avoidable. It is when sudden attack, an unexpected invasion of the enemy, or sudden disease or pestilence occurs. It is the time of terrors - robbery, murder, thefts, sudden death, violence of fire, storms, or tempests.
3. The Arrow That Flies By Day
Psalm 91:5 says - "Thou shalt not be afraid for the...arrow that flieth by day."
During the day, the believer is exposed to the secret and open mischiefs of the enemy which he cannot see approaching nor measure their extent.
4. Evil Tidings
Psalm 112:7 says - "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. "
"Evil tidings" consist of any bad news - the report of approaching calamities...reverses and losses...disaster by flood, tornado, hurricane, or earthquake...the death of family members or friends...loss of provision, substance, or property, etc.
5. Sudden Fear
Proverbs 3:25 says - "Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh."
"Sudden fear" would be considered any and all sudden, unexpected, or unlooked-for evil - anything terrible that comes unawares. It includes the harm that surprises us...is unthought-of...that gives us no time to arm by consideration...or most likely puts us to confusion.
6. Men's Angry Countenances
Jeremiah 1:8 says - " Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD."
"Their faces" would be the stern looks, frowning brows, or angry countenances of the people with whom we are connected by family, work, or ministry. It includes the displeasure of those who are disobedient or rebellious to God.
7. Men's Words
Ezekiel 2:6 says - "And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house."
"Men's words" would cover their accusations, revilings, reproaches, scoffs, jeers, or threatenings.
In the midst of all these fearful situations -
What Man Can Do Unto Me
The Terror By Night
The Arrow That Flies By Day
Men's Angry Countenances
God says to His people - "...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
We are not to be fearful with a cowardly fear of any evil to come. Instead with a holy daring, we are to stand against it all - trusting in Him. We are to commit all calmly into His hands - assured that all will be well because He alone governs the world.
We are to allow our faith to banish all fear -
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me."
Are you allowing fear to get the upper hand in your life?
"Let not your heart shrink back through fear of any approaching evil."
Keep your focus on Jesus - the author and finisher of your faith(Hebrews 12:2). He is greater than any and all attacks of Satan that may come your way.
Trust Him right now with that situation which is causing you much fear.
Remember His command to you - "...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
May God Bless His Word.