Saturday, June 14, 2014
June 14 – Fear is a killer
The Lord is on my side, I am not afraid! What can people do to me? (Psalm 118:6 NET)
What a simple promise, and yet so deep. These two phrases reveal an intelligent thought pattern that is indispensable to faith. The psalmist reasons, since the Lord is on his side, he doesn’t need to be afraid… what could people possibly do to Him? This is the reasoning of someone who will receive a miracle, who will conquer enemies, who will see the impossible come true in his life.
George Patton, an controversial army general in World War Two said: “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” An interesting statement from a man considered to be fearless and tough as nails. But even he admitted that fear was something he had to deal with. There was a time that he advanced against the enemy in Europe faster than any other general, conquered more land, and took on the toughest enemies. His secret was deciding what needed to be done and doing it no matter what. Many hated him, and many more loved him, but without a doubt confidence in his own abilities made him what he was.
Fear is a killer. It kills faith, it kills miracles, and it handcuffs God. Though we all feel fear, we cannot allow it to master us. We have to reason it away with the Word of God. Only those who believe in the Word of God more than they believe in their fears will see God’s promises coming true in their lives. Though fear does not protect or bless, it has many worshippers, many slaves. Fear has never pulled people out of their problems, and yet, if we’re not careful we will find ourselves being suspicious of faith and trusting fear. This can only be the logic and reasoning of hell… an emotion-based reasoning.
What if you decided to repeat today’s verse at least once every day for the next month? Do you think it might make a difference? I have no doubt that it would give you perspective and help you to see the power of God in your life.