Fearful or fearless?
The choice is ours.
This is a time in our world where we need to ask this question. And throughout our lives it remains a choice we make.
Fear stalks us. And when we least expect it, fear grabs us in the darkness with a relentless grip, refusing to let go or loosen its hold.
Fearful sets in as our uninvited companion.
Fearful Lives in What-ifs
Fear lives in the what-ifs plaguing our mind. Fear is our worst nightmare, sleepless nights refuse us any rest.
Instead, fear whispers the worst-case scenarios to our heart. Afraid of the unknown, it wrestles with our spirit pinning us in a position of panic.
Fear sets in. I know it all too well. And I’m betting so do you.
Fearful Messes With Our Wellness
Fear always messes with our emotional and spiritual wellness.
It happens when we face surgery like my friend, Laura. Or, when cancer pays a visit to us or a family member. When our child is bullied or a bully in our own path lurks nearby. Or, if our child lost her way and we fear for her well-being.
Likewise, with job loss, financial woes or fill in the blank with your fear—fearful terrorizes. Even when we fear a world-wide virus.
Fearful Makes a Terrible Co-pilot
It even rides side-saddle with me when driving in inclement weather. You see, once upon a time an ice-and-snow-covered highway, on top of a mountain, spun me into circles then slid me into a ditch.
That day fear slipped into my passenger seat, buckling in for the long-haul. Ever since I battle anxiety like a dreadful enemy while driving during the least hint of snow or heavy rain.
Yet, fear is a terrible co-pilot in life. One we need to kick to the curb.
Fearless Calls Us By Name
Hallelujah, there is hope! In Isaiah 43:1, the Lord reassured Jacob and us.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
Also, fear wants us to believe God has abandoned us. Yet, the Lord never leaves us as Deuteronomy 31:6 affirms.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Fearless Lives in Christ
God is not the source of fear. Instead, it originates from the enemy of our souls. Look at 2 Timothy 1:7,
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
So, if God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, then it comes from Satan. The Scripture is clear.
God gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control. And notice the verb gave is past tense. We already possess power over fear, we just need to access it.
Fearless in Christ, we always defeat fearful. Always.
Fearless Wins Our Victory
In 2 Timothy 1, Paul reminds us of additional truths confirming our power, love, and self-control from God: a sincere faith (verse 5), the gift of God (verse 6), an unashamed testimony in whom we have believed (verses 8-9), and a deposit entrusted to us through the Holy Spirit (verses 12-14).
Each of these things in our spiritual arsenal help us overcome fear. We place our faith in Christ. Because fear is shaky ground. And we know who we believe. Because fear is a liar.
Fearful or Fearless?
We choose fearful or fearless.
The enemy makes us fearful in the what-ifs or the unknown. But Christ makes us fearless when our faith and hope rest in Him.
Share a time you overcame fear or a favorite Scripture that helps.
All Scripture is ESV.