The concept of fear is very prevalent in scripture. The word fear appears 385 times, while the word joy appears only 155 times. This life is very difficult, and often frightening. Hopefully this study on fear will shed some light on what fear is and how we are to deal with it.
This is Part 2 of 2.
Fear Part 2 by Mitch Kuhn
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What should we do when fear comes upon us?
Php 4:6 ESV do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7 ESV And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This is called, “taking every thought captive”. We must recognize that being anxious and worried is sin. Just like hateful or lustful thoughts, we must take them to Christ, who will deal with it.
2Co 10:4 NKJV For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
2Co 10:5 NKJV casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
Do not tolerate fearful thoughts living in your land. Deal with them swiftly and severely. They are enemies and will destroy you if not driven out.
These fearful thoughts will be replaced with trust in the Lord.
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
To trust the Lord, we must first understand his character and the purpose of these trials.
God loves his children, and disciplines those he loves, which is painful. The difference between torment and discipline is the end goal. Discipline is for the purpose of teaching us to forsake ungodliness. When we know that we are being put through painful and difficult times by someone we trust and know loves us, we have hope and faith and can endure these trials with joy.
Heb 12:5 NKJV And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks To you as to sons: “MY SON, DO NOT DESPISE THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD, NOR BE DISCOURAGED WHEN YOU ARE REBUKED BY HIM;
Heb 12:6 FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
Heb 12:7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; For what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
Heb 12:8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
Heb 12:9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, And we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
Heb 12:10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed Best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
Heb 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Jas 1:2 NKJV My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials (G3986),
Jas 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Jas 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be Perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
From G3985; a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity: – temptation, X try.
When we do not understand that trials in our life are brought to us by God for the good purpose of making us more Godly, we view trials as torture and fear them greatly. Understanding the purpose of our difficult experiences in this life and having faith in the character and purposes of the one putting us through them, will enable us to overcome our fear and live with more peace through faith.
Here is a link to a study about how God uses trials for our good. http://aionios.com/2012-10/how-the-lord-seeks-an-occasion-against-us/
This is a process that we are being put through that takes time. God has ordained that we experience fear, doubt, and worry as we go though all the trials he as prepared for us. We will fall many times as the fiery trials of this life burn out the sin in our lives and Christ grows within us. It will be very clear that he is in control of this process and not us.
Below are a few stories of God’s people dealing with fear and faithlessness just as we will.
Stories of Fear:
Mar 4:37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
Mar 4:38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Mar 4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
Mar 4:40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
Mar 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who Can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
A lack of faith causes fear. We will see in Deut 1 that we become fearful and disobedient when we lack faith and do not believe that God is working for our good.
Deu 1:26 “Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God;
Deu 1:27 and you complained in your tents, and said, ‘Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
Deu 1:28 Where can we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying, “The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.” ‘
Deu 1:29 “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them.
Deu 1:30 The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,
Deu 1:31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’
Deu 1:32 Yet, for all that, you did not believe the LORD your God,
Deu 1:33 who went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and in the cloud by day.
When we are fearful and lacking faith, we must remember what God has done for us in the past to deliver us. Yet our old man does not have the faith to believe in God, so he must die.
Deu 1:34 “And the LORD heard the sound of your words, and was angry, and took an oath, saying,
Deu 1:35 ‘Surely not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers,
Deu 1:36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and his children I am giving the land on which he walked, because he wholly followed the LORD.’
I’m going to ask some questions that may expose the lies that are dwelling within our heavens.
What are your greatest fears?
What do you think God will do about them?
Do you think God is working for your good?
Rom 8:28 KJV And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Do you think God will abandon you?
Deu 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Do you think God will put you to shame if you do what he says?
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Psa 25:3 CLV Indeed, all expecting You shall not be ashamed; They shall be ashamed who are being treacherous without excuse.”
What we think about God is so important, because to have to live it to truly know him and his son. If we believe lies about God, then we do not really know him at all.
Joh 17:3 And this is eternal (age-abiding) life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
God is going to kill the old man
As we get to know God and his Son, we learn that God is going to kill our old man, and destroy our old life.
Joh 12:24 NKJV Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat Falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
Joh 12:25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, But Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
It is very natural to fear physical death, likewise we will naturally fear spiritual death at first.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
The carnal mind loves the things of the world, and we fear losing what we love.
1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
In order to “find our life” and reap the fruit of the Spirit, we must first lose our life. This means that we must lose the lust of the eyes, flesh, and pride of life.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Stop and think for a minute…
1. What do your eyes lust after? Other people, clothes, cars, houses, TV shows, video games, magazines…
2. What does your flesh lust after? food, fornication, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes
3. How do you desire the pride of life? Approval of others, recognition for your work accomplishments, success in sports, success in hobbies, pride in your possessions, pride in your own appearance, pride in our knowledge or intelligence, pride in your own family: spouse, children, siblings…
Many of the things I listed above, we all need in our lives. The problem comes when we worship them and not the creator.
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen
Our old man fears losing all the things in the world that he loves. The old man thinks he has life, but he is actually living in death and reaping bad fruit.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, Strife seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
This is how we are naturally. We sow to the flesh and reap corruption, yet we’re afraid to let it all go.
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
When God gives us the faith to believe his ways are better and the strength to obey, we will then reap the good fruit of the Spirit.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
In due time the Lord will correct us to trust and obey his wisdom.
Pro 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Pro 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Pro 3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
Pro 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Pro 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Pro 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Pro 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
We obtain this understanding through a great battle in our heavens.
We will be told by these lying spirits in our own heavens, and coming from the mouths of others, that God’s ways are foolish and will not work out well for us.
1Co 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
It is natural to think that God’s commands are foolish, so God must drag us to see the power of his ways.
All we can do is obey God one day at a time and see what he will cause to happen. If we worry about the future, then we will just be fearful and not obedient.
Ecc 11:4 NKJV He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Ecc 11:5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
Ecc 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.
Here is an example of observing the wind and not sowing. God first gives Israel a promise.
Lev 20:24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I Will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people
Spies were sent into them and come back to give their report.
Num 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
Num 13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
Num 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
Num 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
The men that were afraid to take the land that God has promised were focused on the obstacles and not on trusting God and obedience. God has promised us that he will overcome all the evil in our lives (enemies in the promise land) and give us dominion. We are just like Israel at first, lacking faith and full of fear.
What casts out fear?
1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: Because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
What is love?
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: And his commandments are not grievous.
Here is the conclusion of the matter:
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, And keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
If we want peace, then we should ask God for the ability to obey what he says. This faith in his commands looks foolish to the natural man, so be prepared for persecution.
For more on Fears and Phobias please read Mike Vinson’s articles below.
And Victor Torres’ article:
I Will Teach You the Fear of the LORD