The Myth of Fear, Part 1

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In last week’s post, A Fear Based Month, Jill gave us all a lot to think about: October, courage, heart and God to name a few. And the key word was, thinking.

Thinking About Fear

As Jill said, we live in a fear based world. Bad news fills the headlines, it always travels fast and it often dominates our conversations, and sometimes our lives.

  • We fear the loss or lack of money because it’s how we buy much needed food.
  • Will we get sick or fall and break a bone or two?
  • Will what seems like a minor skirmish somewhere in the world escalate into a broader war?
  • Are there terrorists in our midst waiting for a signal to strike?
  • What if we die tomorrow?
  • What if so-and-so is elected?
  • And what about our loved ones and friends in all of the above?

This list could go on and on and it is all logical and sensible. In fact, NOT being fearful of these things is considered foolish and immature.

But as Believers…well, let me stop right there.

What Do We Believe?

In Colossians 2:15, Paul tell us that Christ has disarmed powers and authorities. That, “He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Right before this triumph, Jesus himself said, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).” And let’s not forget 1 Corinthians 15:55: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

I titled this post The Myth of Fear because in light of these Scriptures, and hundreds and hundreds more, our fears are nonexistent.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31

What Shall We Say?

None of these Scriptures imply that our fears won’t seem real. On the contrary, almost every passage includes some sort of, ‘when you are scared…’ message. Nor do they say we shouldn’t prepare for life’s challenges in tangible ways (see 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 for one example).

What all the Scriptures clearly state, however, is that we are to respond with faith and belief in God.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5

Our fears are nothing more than arguments and pretense. And myths.

I encourage you to put your hope in God.

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