Reference.com states that the phrase “Do not be afraid” is mentioned 29 times in the
bible (KJV) and “fear not” appears roughly 365 times that’s every day of the year and some! Fear is mentioned in every book of the bible, which o
bviously means it is extremely important. So, why are we still afraid? What makes us fear?
A week before the first time I sang, God gave me a scripture. I was more than terrified to sing in front of people that I barely knew. He reminded me that He was with me and that everything was going to be okay. When fear tries to creep up on me, I remind myself that I am not alone and that God is always with me. When you think about it, why are we afraid when are on the winning team?! God never gave us the spirit of fear, but He does give us a sound mind, power, and love (2 Timothy 1:7 KVJ). The enemy created fear to distract us and sometimes even prevent us from going where we need to go in God. Our adversary, the devil, doesn’t want us to conqueror our fears whatever they maybe. His plan is to do whatever it takes, to make us believe that we cannot succeed in life/overcome obstacles. Well, I have a word for you, we are MORE than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37).
God is love (1 John 4:8) like He’s literally love. I’m not sure how else to articulate when I’m trying to say. In the literal sense of the word that is what He is. He laid down his OWN son’s life just to save you and me. If that doesn’t say enough about God’s character, I’m not sure what else to say. Would you lie down your flesh and blood to save the world? Why do we think He will not give us the strength to conquer our fears!? Romans 8: 32 says that He will freely give us ALL THINGS. I’m sure that strength is covered when He uses the word “all”. Will your son willingly shed his blood to save the world? That is what Jesus did He willingly laid down his life to save you and me, what an incredible thing to do. Not only that but in john 15:13, He calls us his friends. I don’t know about you, but if I absolutely had to save humanity by shedding my blood for the whole world I most definitely wouldn’t be calling y’all my friends. I’d feel a little resentful. I am so glad that Jesus wasn’t. It feels good to know that I have a friend like Jesus.
Love isn’t fear. If God = love, and love is not fear, this means that God isn’t fear. Deuteronomy 31:6 is the scripture that God gave me that day when I was freaking out about singing in front of an audience and it is the verse that I am handing off to you. Don’t get stuck in fear, God is always will you and it is impossible for him to fail nor will He leave you. Ask God for the strength to conquer your fear and conquer.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid, neither dismayed: for the Lord, thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” Joshua 1:9