For the last few weeks I’ve been visiting my stepfather in the hospital. One of the doctors said something the other day that really caught my attention. As he was talking to my stepfather, he said “Fear can be paralyzing. One of the greatest risks for falls is actually the fear of falling”. This really got me thinking. My stepfather was a very active man up until a few years ago. At that time, he fell, went into the hospital, and had a defibrillator put in because of an irregular heart rhythm. When it was time to return home, he was afraid to walk. Now, about two years later, his fear has trapped him in a bedridden state, where his life no longer resembles what he once had. Why do we allow fear to steal our lives?
The Bible contains 365 verses about not fearing. One would think that would be enough for us to understand that fear is a very successful tool of the enemy. Fear can stop us cold on following a path for God. It can make us avoid helping someone in need in many different ways. If we allow fear to control us, we lose our life as the enemy swoops in to steal, kill, and destroy everything that God has given us. Fear generally creeps in slowly. We stop doing one thing because we’re afraid, then something else, and then we even start avoiding situations that scare us, rather than pressing through them in faith. The only cure for fear is faith.
Hebrews 11:1 states “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV). 2 Timothy 1:7 states “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (ESV). The two verses above show that we often give the enemy too much ground with fear. If God tells us that we are to have self-control and that fear is not of God, then why is it so easy for us to live in fear and allow our lives to be stolen? Knowing and accepting that God is always with us should be enough to help us push through fear in any situation if we have a relationship with God. Without relationship, we can be saved and yet the enemy can still steal our lives out from under us using fear. Relationship with God is a key factor in pushing past fear in any situation.
We are blessed to have the Holy Spirit residing within us and that alone should give us the faith that we need to overcome the fear caused by the enemy (see Romans 8: 9-11). It is imperative for the believer to have a relationship with God so that faith wells up within them. Faith from God can overcome anything in this world. As Christians are we going to allow fear to continue to rob us of our joy and our very lives? Philippians 4:13 states “For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength” (NLT). So, the choice is ours, do we choose to live in faith of all that God can do, or do we live in fear and allow ourselves to be paralyzed and halted from living to our full God created and ordained potential in life?
By Monica Y Alday