If You're Scared, Say You're Scared!
Once there was a girl whose name was Madison. Madison accepted Christ to be her Savior at an early age. Over the years she was taught all about how God loved her and she had faith. She was thoroughly taught how Christ laid down His life for her salvation and she had faith. Madison was a good girl who was never in any trouble. She was obedient to her parents and any adult who was in her life. As Madison bloomed in her faith she recognized the importance of striving for excellence. Not only was it important for Madison to achieve, she also wanted to look her best while she endeavored to do her best. So with everything she set out to do, she put her best foot forward. Because of this, there were many who disliked her. In today’s terms she had “haters.” One day, she was challenged by a group of girls to a fight. Madison was not surprised. So when she replied, she said that she would only fight one of the girls in the group and after they fought she did not want to be challenged by them again. The girls agreed.
The group of girls sent out their best fighter, her name was Beatrice and she was tough. Not only was Beatrice tough, she looked tough. Needless to say Madison was scared. She thought to herself, “What have I done to deserve this”? So she said to the girls, I’ll find the place to fight, somewhere public so when this is over everyone will know who won. The girls agreed.
So Madison found a place in the square market in the middle of town and announced “This is the place.” Madison knew how faithful God was. She understood His ways, but she was hesitant to ask for His help. As Beatrice and Madison starred at each other eye-to-eye, Madison thought she would collapse in fear. Then Beatrice announced to Madison in a deep voice, “I only need to hit you once and this fight will be over.” Just as Beatrice lifted up her hand to hit Madison, Madison tightly closed her eyes and thought, “Lord help me!”
When we are in the fight of our lives, do we hesitate to call on the Lord? As believers in Christ, do we hasten to ask our Protector for protection? Do we give into fear when the unknown is introduced in our lives? Why are we hesitant to ask the Deliverer to deliver us? Do we wait until we are in pieces to ask the Creator to put us back together? When we know that God is our Provider do we wait until we are faint to ask God for provision? Is it sometimes easier for us to pray for others that are in peril, then to pray for ourselves?
What is fear? The dictionary says that fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by being aware of danger. When we go to the Bible to answer this question, we find that the Bible mentions two types of fear. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. This fear is beneficial and should be encouraged. This fear is the reverential awe of God, a reverence for His power and Glory. This can be found in Psalm 111:10.
The second type of fear is what Madison experienced, the spirit of fear. This kind of fear will overcome us like a thick shadow of darkness, attempting to control our every move and every decision, and we must learn how to overcome it. This fear can be brought on by a real or an imagined threat. If we do not face this fear, it will become our companion.
This world is full of wars and rumors of wars, conflicts one with another, persecution in the work place, violence in the home and on the street, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions in the home and in our communities, disease, and death. We fear for our children’s future, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we fear for our safety. There actually is a lot we could potentially worry about if we are not careful to remember some key things.
Where does the spirit of fear come from? Scripture tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).
So if this spirit of fear is not given by God if has to be a manifestation of the enemy. We may understand why the word power is in the verse, but why are the words Love and self-discipline in this verse? Do we love God? Well 1st John 4:18 (NIV) says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” This love gives us peace when we are confronted with things that would ordinarily cause an unbeliever to have fear. It also gives us self-discipline when we know that God is in control.
So when we have that doctors appointment, before the test results come back be not afraid go to YAHWEH-RAPHA in prayer for Exodus 15:26 says “I am Jehovah who heals you” both in body and soul. In body, by preserving from and curing diseases, and in soul, by pardoning iniquities.”
When we are called into the Human Resource office do not be afraid: call on YAHWEH-JIREH: "The Lord Will Provide" the name memorialized by Abraham when God provided the ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac. (Genesis 22:14)
Once we have learned to put our trust and love in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us. We will be like the psalmist who said in Psalm 5:11, with confidence “…let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you”
Madison hammered Beatrice; Beatrice never got the chance to even lay a finger on Madison. After that day Madison never had any problems with those girls again. Next time we are faced with an overwhelming amount of fear for any reason, remember these words from the Lord our God, ELOHIM “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. (Isaiah 41:10)