In America we have so many freedoms that others do not experience, so why do we bind ourselves with fear? Is some fear healthy? I don’t know for sure, but I do know from my experience that when I educate myself in the areas where I find myself afraid, I find understanding and peace. And when I choose to dwell on the unknown and hope for the best, I am plagued with anxiety and stress. I guess that’s the key…facing a fear head on. Then why is facing a fear such a challenge? Let’s start by describing the attributes of fear. Fear = anxiety, apprehension, cold feet, consternation, dismay, distress, dread, fear, fright, horror, nervousness, panic, scare, strain, stress, tension, terror, trepidation, unease, uneasiness. Think about how unhealthy we would feel if we experienced these emotions on a dialy basis. This is not how God intended us to live our lives. For God said in Phillippians 4:6-13:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
By trusting in God, fear is not what controls a Christian any longer. Relinquishing control and fear to God is actually freeing and lightens the daily burdens we carry so that we can rejoice through our trials. If you were able to take all the attributes of fear out of your life, how would you feel? Joyful and at peace-right? How could you not! I’m not saying that being a Christian means that you won’t face fear, but we have a God who promises to give us strength and encouragement through our trials as well as courage and wisdom to fight the good fight.