Proverbs 31:21She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.”

The "joyful woman”, because she knows she has considered the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:20) - as seen in the previous study - has no doubt that God will supply her own needs. Isaiah 58:10 She has no fear as she thinks ahead. She has her priorities in order and budgets accordingly. She knows roughly when the car needs an MOT, the house a coat of paint, the children new uniform and she plans for everything. Then frustration, worry and doubt do not need to take hold of her. She knows that she is supplying the very best for her family and they are satisfied.

What is fear?

  • The tree of fearFear is the counterfeit of faith. A counterfeit is never as powerful as the real thing.
  • Jesus came to completely destroy our enemy - the devil - who has bound every person with fear since the time of Adam. This is his chief weapon because Satan can do what he wants when we allow fear to dominate us; it gives him free rein to cause us trouble.
  • Fear is totally destructive. It cripples the mind, stops the heart and changes the colour of our hair.
  • Fear is a spiritual force that is directly opposed to faith. It works against us at every opportunity, giving nothing but hurt and torment. (1 John 4:18)
  • Fear says that Jesus’ sacrifice was not enough.
  • Fear questions the promises of God and tries to make it look as if they don't work.
  • Fear is always negative. We "talk fear" much of the time without realising it and it grows in us, encouraging unbelief and worry.
  • Fear tries to remove us from our calling.
  • Fear has physical consequences. For example, a fear of disease can cause us to be physically sick.

Some examples of fear

  • Fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14,15: Romans 8:2)
  • Fear of the future. (Romans 8:28-32)
  • Fear of shortage. (Romans 8:32)
  • Fear of sickness. (Mark 16:17,18)
  • Fear of people. (Proverbs 29:25)
  • Fear of rejection. (John 6:37)
  • Fear of violence. (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Samuel 17:24)

Fear is not part of God's plan for our lives. It brings no good with it. We must determine to cast it down before it takes hold of our lives and the things that we fear the most come on us. (Job 3:25) There is a command that features in the Scriptures - the Maker's instructions for our lives - about sixty times: “Do not fear”. God does not give us a command without also giving us the power to obey it.

People who were told not to fear

  • Abraham. (Genesis 15:1)
  • Moses. (Numbers 21:34; Deuteronomy 3:1-2)
  • Joshua. (Joshua 8:1-2)
  • Jeremiah. (Lamentations 3:57)
  • Daniel. (Daniel 10:12-19)
  • Zacharias. (Luke 1:13)
  • Mary. (Luke 1:30)
  • The shepherds. (Luke 2:9-10)
  • Peter. (Luke 5:8-10)
  • Paul. (Acts 27:23-24)
  • John. (Revelation 1:17-18)

People in the Bible who were confronted by God (or His angels) all had one consistent response: fear. To each of them, God's response was always the same, “Do not be afraid”. As soon as they sensed that God accepted them and wanted to communicate with them, then fear subsided. He had given them freedom to be His friends. He has given us the same freedom! Meditate on that instead of worry.

The answer

  1. Only one thing sets us free from fear; the truth of God.
  2. Jesus says to us, “You are truly My disciples if you live as I tell you and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
  3. Overcome fear with the weapons that God has made available to us.
  • Recognise the fear you have a problem with and confront it. Do not try to hide from it. Stand firm! (Ephesians 6:13-14)
  • Put on the full armour of God... and keep it on! (Ephesians 6:11)
  • Always give thanks in all circumstances and the thing that you fear will be turned around to good. (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 8:28; Philippians 4:6-7)
  • Believe what God says about your situation by keeping God's word in the forefront of your thinking until you know without any shadow of doubt that God is going to do what He said. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • Faith is produced in your heart by God's word being fed into your spirit. In the same way, if you are always thinking fearful thoughts and meditating on the lies of the enemy, you will never produce the power of faith that you need to overcome your circumstances and live the victorious Christian life. (Romans 10:17; Romans 14:23)
  • Use the name of Jesus and remember that you are surrounded by an unseen army of angels. You are not on your own, despite what you think or feel. (Hebrews 1:13-14)
  • Apply the blood of Jesus (the consequences of His death for you on the cross) over every area of your life, every day. (Revelation 12:11; Psalm 91:1-16)
  • Know that deliverance from fear is the birth-right of every born-again believer. (Isaiah 61:1-3; Psalm 34:4)
  • Always stay in love with people, even if they are not loving you. (1 John 4:18-21)
  • Guard your mouth because “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 13:3; 18:21; Matthew 12:34)

Just for todayMake a decision now not to fear. "The Lord is on my side - I will not fear." (Psalm 118:6) The choice is yours! It is possible - by the power of God - to have no fear!

Say out loud: “Jesus has delivered me from all fear.” Do not allow fear to have any place, time, or conversation in your thinking or your mind. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Philippians 4:8)

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