2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and sound judgment.”
A definition of bad fear is, “A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.”
Fear is characterized by panic when in a dangerous or disastrous situation. It is a painful emotional distress aroused by impending pain, danger, disaster, or evil or by illusions regarding the same. It is worry, apprehension, consternation, or horror. Fear is also an active feeling of dread, of which fright and terror are the more intense degrees.
Every time fear comes into your life, you are not living the Christian way of life, you are not living in the Plan God has for you. God does not want you to be afraid of anything.
The Plan of God is designed to remove all fear in your soul and replace it with confidence in Bible doctrine, which leads to confidence in the Lord. That is the only true basis for confidence, Spiritual Self-Esteem, which is through Bible doctrine. This inevitably results in the greatest courage in life. It’s more than moral courage; it is mental attitude courage in all relationships and in all circumstances of life.
Fear, like anger, is a sin of emotion. Emotion cannot think, apply Bible doctrine, or function in a crisis. Emotion has no doctrinal content, when fear or any other sins are involved.
Therefore, fear destroys your ability to think, and especially to reason under pressure. That means inability to apply God’s Word, which results in the emotion taking over in the soul. Fear represents total disorientation to the Plan of God, and some form of cosmic involvement. That is, you are too wrapped up in the world.
Fear is a contradiction to the Plan of God for the Church. Fear, worry and anxiety are a contradiction to God’s Plan, purpose, and will for your life. Contradictions to the Plan of God are not rewardable. Therefore, having fear in this life will lead to shame and a loss of reward for eternity at the BEMA Seat of Jesus Christ.
Fear is lack of thinking under pressure. It is a general problem in life. We are designed by God to be rational creatures; fear makes us irrational. Fear is an irrational and emotional sin.
For the believer, fear is failure to learn and apply Bible doctrine for the problems of life, and failure to learn and utilize the Problem-Solving Devices.
Fear is a whole system of sins that includes worry, anxiety, insecurity, incapability of doctrinal application, and therefore inability to use the Problem-Solving Devices.
The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear. The extent to which you surrender to fear, the greater is your capacity for fear. To the extent to which you surrender to fear, to that extent fear controls more and more of your life.
Increasing fear means increasing insecurity, which destroys your capacity for love, life, happiness, and blessing. The greater your capacity for fear, the more you increase the power of fear in your life.
1. No believer can rest in God’s Plan while in a state of fear, worry, anxiety, hatred, anger, and other emotional sins.
2. Sudden disaster, historical or personal, often places the believer under great pressure and moves him into panic where he cannot concentrate on God’s Word he has learned.
3. The difference between fear and courage is the ability to concentrate, trust and rest in God’s Word when under great pressure. The coward cannot think under pressure, while the man of courage concentrates under the same pressure and rests in God. The suddenness or intensity of a disaster hinders the believer from concentrating on Bible doctrine he has already learned.
4. Normal reaction to disaster can be fear and panic, so that the believer cannot apply God’s Word to the situation. Because of this, there are many Biblical commands about fear to negate our normal human reaction.
Deut 31:6, 8, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid of them or tremble because of them for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you. He will not desert you. The Lord Himself goes before you, therefore He will be with you. He will never leave you nor desert you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.”
Isa 41:10, “Therefore, the Lord is the One who goes ahead of you; do not fear or be dismayed.”
5. Fear of death destroys capacity for life and is a sign that you are still in spiritual childhood. Death is the last thing in the world that should concern you, for you have no control over the manner of your death or time of your death. When you realize your death is strictly in the Lord’s hands and that it is the one time when the Lord’s wisdom will prevail over your volition, you come to a peaceful realization of the God’s sovereignty and rest in Him. Likewise, once you understand there is nothing to fear in death, then you begin to realize there is nothing to fear in life.
6. Fear is a great motivation in life for most people. Yet fear is totally destructive; it destroys love. Making wrong decisions out of fear destroys your capacity for life.
7. Many people spend so much time being afraid of death, or of dying, or of starving, or of being poor, etc., that they do not enjoy life. They have no zest for life and no capacity for life. The person in this world who has zest and capacity for life is the spiritually mature believer.
8. Fear of adversity destroys capacity for prosperity. When prosperity comes, you’re so afraid that you will lose it that, in your fear, you have absolutely no capacity for that prosperity. You may stash it all away for “a rainy day.” But that’s no capacity for life. Therefore, you do not enjoy prosperity when it comes.
9. Fear makes you herd bound so that you come to depend on others.
10. Believers in all stages of spiritual growth can find themselves suddenly in the fear-panic ploy of Satan’s Cosmic System from some sudden disaster. Every believer must be prepared for this. The solution to fear is found in the faith-rest drill, by which the believer claims a promise from God’s Word to stabilize your thinking. This adjusts your thoughts away from the fear and panic and onto the God’s Word.
Psa 56:3, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”
1 John 4:4, “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”.
Heb 13:5-6, “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?””
Once you recall a portion or major segment of God’s Word you then apply it to the situation. The next step is to trust in it and rest on it.
1 Cor 2:5, “Your faith should not be in the wisdom of man (human viewpoint), but in the power from God (Bible doctrine in the soul).”
2 Cor 5:7, “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”