Fear

23 Jul

It’s 6:25am and I awoke thinking of the reason I decided to blog. It started when I began experiencing fear: the earthquakes happening so frequently in unlikely places, the horrendous crimes, the state of the economy and worse of all, the apathy of many. Christians say we shouldn’t fear because the Bible says so, but how can you shut off fear because the Bible says so?

Fear taught me to look up; it showed me that I needed to get closer to God.
But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Luke 25:5)

We are told not to be afraid of physical death. This is hard for me because I don’t even like being pinched. But God wants me to understand that I cannot cultivate the resistance to this fear on my own. I need to rely on Him for that. Here is where asking comes into play again.
I need the Holy Spirit like I’ve never needed Him before. I just need to ask for Him.

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)

Jesus compares the Holy Spirit to a good gift. Wow. How many of us realise how precious it is to have the Holy Spirit just for the asking?

I have to confess again about this ‘fear’ I’ve been experiencing. I’ve noticed that when God’s people did great things for Him, they would get many threats from the enemy. Elijah ran into a cave to hide from Jezebel, John the Baptist was thrown into prison and…you know what happened to him. Then there’s that verse:

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Tim 3:12)

It seems to me that the closer we get to God, the more we get attention from a certain set of beings. I’ve heard it said many times, “If everything is hunky dory for you, you need to check yourself out.” (my version ). But God has not left us defenceless. We have so much power…spiritual power; we just have to ask for the ‘weapons’ for this kind of warfare. (look up Eph 6:10-18 as well)

 27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. (Matt 10:27-29)

Not even a sparrow falls to the ground without God’s will. In other words, God is still in control. Why He allows suffering is another blog. We just need to go on spreading His love and truths no matter what.

But it seems to me that fearing now is better than fearing later, because later will be too late. Those who start to fear later will be like the people described in this next verse:
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21:26,27)

That’s when it will be too late. So, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not a bad thing to fear now…we just ought to use it as a catalyst to get even closer to Christ.

One Response to “Fear”

  1. Alexandra Yeboah August 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    I love this blog piece, because it speaks about something that we all struggle with. It’s in our loneliest and most fearful times, that we need God the most. Would love to use this post as well for 7miracle.org.

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