What are you afraid of? You don’t have to live in fear.
It’s not cool to admit when you experience fear and I suppose that some people might never be afraid. Most people, however, probably experience fear routinely as part of the human experience.
Fear isn’t always bad. Fear helps us respond to threats and survive on a primal level. We learn to be afraid of snakes, big mean dogs, bears, and other natural threats.
Many people are afraid of heights, though the particular height that inspires fear can vary from one person to another.
On an intellectual level, you might be afraid of death. Life as we know it will eventually end. We know that. Still, you might wonder what it’s like to die. If you have children or grandchildren, you might fear what the future holds for them, especially as the world prepares itself to usher in The Antichrist and the fulfilling of the prophecies concerning the end of the world as we know it.
Some people suffer from phobias and other irrational fears that affect the quality of their life experience.
What are you afraid of?
You can stop being afraid right now!
God and fear
The first mention of fear in the Bible is weighty.
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Genesis 9:2
God’s intended order for the earth is for humans to have complete dominion over it. We know, in our reality, that some creatures are not afraid of us. In fact, we are afraid of them. What happened? After Adam and Eve sinned, the world changed.
In fact, the first time Adam was afraid was after he had sinned.
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Genesis 3:5
Sarah was the next person in the Bible to be afraid after she laughed within herself and then was confronted by the Lord (Genesis 18:15). You might recognize a pattern: people are often afraid in the presence of God.
Sin and fear
Adam’s sin caused him to be afraid of God. Similarly, Sarah was afraid because God confronted her about her disbelief. Joseph’s brethren were afraid because of their guilt.
What is this that God hath done unto us? Genesis 42:28
Human nature recognizes the principles of right and wrong. By default, we also are conscious of the presence of a higher power that holds us accountable for our actions. When we sin, we subject ourselves to fear. Even when we escape accountability with human authority, we know that God knows everything about us.
The fear of God
God is holy. His presence is unlike anything else that human beings can experience. Jacob was afraid in Genesis 28:17, but not because of sin: He was afraid because God had spoken to him and given him a promise and a vision.
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
When we experience God’s presence, we develop a respect for God, knowing that He is in control and that we are unworthy.
Although we should fear God’s judgment and have a healthy respect for His preeminence, we shouldn’t be afraid of God.
That’s right. You need not be afraid.
When the angels appeared to the shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, they said “Fear not.”
Jesus appeared to the disciples while walking on the troubled sea saying,
Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:27
God doesn’t want to terrorize you. Instead, He wants to save you from sin. He also wants you to live a wonderful, confident life. Believing on Jesus’ name, turn to God and follow Him with all your being.
I am afraid
Even if you have trusted Jesus for salvation, you might be afraid. Why is that?
First, you need to know that your fear doesn’t come from God.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Where then does fear in a believer’s life come from, if it doesn’t come from God?
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. 1 John 4:18
If fear doesn’t come from God, then it maybe it comes along with other things that do not come from God.
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. 1 John 2:16
I understand that you are afraid. Turn to God, you can experience freedom from fear. If you have already received the new birth, allow God and the Bible to make perfect you through love.