Fear and worry are the two most destructive of the negative emotions, and it is these I will speak of this week(sorry I couldn’t continue last week’s article-I am seriously working on it). I noticed one astounding thing as I walked to school each morning,that: worrying about how late I was,and the penalty that goes with it(deduction in my daily allowance) did more harm than good to me. I thought worrying would get me there faster but it rather decreased my pace. Worrying always moves with fear and unbelief; making you lose hope and leaving you in retrogression. Beloved,our journey with Christ isn’t based on emotions but on Faith. Faith, alone has the power to perceive the things of God and bring Spiritual realities into being.
This part is a slightly edited Article from Frank Powell
The phrases “do not fear” and “do not be afraid” appear 365 times in the Bible. Ironic? I think not. And here’s what I think the church misses about fear. Let me pose this as a question. What is the opposite of fear? Courage? Bravery? Wrong! And right, but you’re ruining my point. The opposite of fear is…LOVE. Add to this the reality that God is love. So, according to the Transitive property of mathematics, the opposite of fear is…God. If you’re a child of God, the one thing that shouldn’t plague you is…fear. Yet, Christians are the most fearful people on earth. Even our salvation is rooted in fear. Does it bother anyone that the primary method of bringing people to Jesus has been to scare them away from hell? That’s fear language, the antithesis of God. Look at what John says:
“There is no fear in love,
but perfect love casts out
fear. For fear has to do
with punishment, and
whoever fears has not been
perfected in love.”
1 John 4:18
The church is scared to make decisions out of fear. Christians are hesitant to step into dangerous situations out of fear. The catalyst for our obedience is fear. Where’s the love? Several weeks ago, I decided to remove the words “fear, scared, and terrified” from my vocabulary. Maybe you should do the same.It could change how you see the world and God.
Worrying gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. The great philosopher Van Wilder once said, “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” That’s right. But Van Wilder isn’t the only one who talked about worry. Jesus said you shouldn’t worry about anything (Matt. 6:25-34). But Jesus wasn’t serious was he? He was serious! You see, worrying is symptomatic of a larger issue…lack of faith. And for followers of Jesus whose primary mission is to show the glory and nature of God to the world, worrying is a problem.Recently, I asked a good friend why worry plagues the church, and he said something profound, “My greatest concern is that we don’t want to need God.We’re independent.” That’s hard-hitting stuff right there. Most people will do anything to maintain the illusion of control and responsibility, so no wonder worry plagues us. Worry is the by-product of bearing a weight only God can bear. Do you see the irony here? The more independence you desire, the more worry you will experience. So, why not give everything to God and let his peace reign over your life?