Tonight, we started a new series at Kairos called Fear Not. Over and over again, the Bible tells us not to fear, but we’re naturally hardwired in our fallenness to fear and anxiety.
I know in my own experience that people settle for unhealthy relationships over the fear of being alone. They choose to stay in unfulfilling jobs over fear of not being able to provide for their families. They compromise their convictions rather than stand on their principles for fear of what it might cost them and of what others might think.
I’ve known fear well in my lifetime. Fear has often made me choose the safe and familiar over the unknown and the adventurous. Fear keeps me from seeing either me or God in a true light. I don’t hear the voice of my Abba calling me His beloved when anxiety takes hold.
But perfect love casts out fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and of a sound mind.
Sometimes, you need to speak aloud the thing you fear and name the blood of Jesus over it. Sometimes, you need to pray a simple phrase or sentence over and over, like “Abba Father, I belong to You,” or “Jesus, protect me.”
Fear may be the natural response but it doesn’t have to be your normal mode of existence any longer. Fear is false evidence appearing real, and only the truth of God as found in Jesus can drive it out.