Never Afraid – Always Say Never Series pt. 2   Leave a comment

2 Timothy 1:3-7.

I was working the overnight shift in a factory as a security guard.  My assignment was quite simple; once an hour I was to make a ’round’ around the building stopping at various checkpoints to show that I had walked around the building hourly.  This factory had a heater that didn’t just kick on with a bump followed by a soothing purr, this thing slammed like a gunshot followed by a steady roar.  I was making my 3 or 4am round, mostly asleep, when I passed this heater just as it kicked on.  You’d be so very proud of me because I didn’t scream like a girl, run in fear, or even make a puddle.  What I did was go into a full body spasm, much like a jello square jiggles on your plate as you walk across the room.Fear is one of the strongest emotions a human conjure up.  It is intense and can cause one to act irrationally.  In the Garden of Eden, Adam told God that he was afraid and fled because he was naked.  The shepherds were afraid at the sight of the angel.  The disciples feared for their lives while in the boat during the storm.

What is it that scares people, even Christian people, today?

  • Death
  • Finances/Retirement
  • Future for our kids
  • Witnessing

If we have the understanding that we are never alone, acknowledging God’s presence, then we should also acknowledge His power.  Psalm 23:4 says that we should fear no evil because of His presence.  Romans 8:38-39 tells us that we are more than conquerors because nothing can separate us from his love, His presence.  2 Corinthians 1:10 talks about how God has delivered in the past and God will continue to deliver for us.  2 Thessalonians 3:3 shows how God will strengthen and protect us from the evil one.

It is futile for us to try to serve the Lord without the power of the Holy Spirit.  If we understand his presence, then we should also understand His power to help us overcome our fears and weaknesses.  We should be confident, self-controlled, loving, and ministering in complete confidence.

Why struggle when we can claim words like those used in Hebrews 13:6, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”

Joshua was taught that he could be bold and courageous because of the presence of God.  You can be bold and courageous because of the presence of God with you.

We need never be afraid if we fear the Lord.  Proverbs 9:10 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  We need to show respect and awe, putting God on the pedestal He deserves.  We must honor him, worship, show reverence, adoration, and our love for Him.

The fear of the Lord is how we overcome being afraid.  Fear of the Lord means living a godly lifestyle out of respect for Him.

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