There's never a reason to be fearful

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 2:02 p.m.
Fear is a feeling of alarm or disquiet caused by expectations of danger, pain, disaster, or any element that is a threat to one's happiness and well-being.
Fear causes emotional reactions and various forms of stress and uneasiness. The Bible has a lot to say about fear and how believers should react in times of fear.
If we as believers are to reach the realm of "those things hoped for, the evidence things not seen," we will have to overcome our fears. Christ was born so that fear would not overtake us or distract us from following the mandates he set in Matthew 28:19-20.
Yes, years ago an announcement was made, "Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10) Then Paul writes years later and says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (I Timothy 1:7) We live in a world where the expected and the unexpected cause us to be fearful. Could it be that we have our security in the wrong thing?
If Jesus came to save (he really did), putting one's trust and confidence in him suppresses our inability to conquer fear.
When Jesus becomes Lord in our lives, fear is suppressed by the power of his word, the unconditional love that he shares and wants us to share with one another is evident, and the stability and soundness of mind is received by conforming to his word.
If the communities in our world are to get better, those of us who know God must act within the realm of his power. Fear of the unexpected or expected outcome is not a mandate, but faith is - for without faith it is impossible to please God.
Fear enslaves the mind and causes humanity to react in ways that are out of character with the word of God. Yes, when our minds are enslaved we do not make sound rational decisions.
Finally, ask yourself this question. Do I have unjust, unknown, unkind, unlawful or unlearned fears? If your fears seem to overtake you, there is encouragement, so "Fear Not."
Jesus came to release you from all types of fear if we allow him to minister to our hearts and minds. "Fear Not," for God provides: Blessings in the journey of life (Genesis 26:24) Supplies in famine (I Kings 17:13) Protection in perils (2 Kings 6:16) Strength in weakness (Isaiah 41:10) Companionship in trials (Isaiah 43:1-3) As we enter the New Year, there is Kingdom work to be done. Be encouraged. "Fear Not."
God has given the believer the power, embraced you with his unfailing love and provided instructions in his word that we may be of a sound mind to do greater works.
The Rev. Samuel Seales is pastor of Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

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