How Does God Feel About FEAR?

If fear was necessary to life, God certainly would have given it to us.  But He didn’t! The Bible is very clear about it. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)  That’s new news to many of us.  Fear is a evil spirit and it doesn’t come from God.

Understand this, if God is not the author of fear then it’s an enemy spirit and we need to deal with it accordingly. Let’s start by identifying “fear” and all the related “enemy agents.” From concern, worry, fear and anxiety all the way to panic and terror — they’re all liars and enemy forces. Furthermore, God has a great deal to say about them. Check His Word about this whole fear gang and see what conclusion you reach…

  • Consider worry “Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” (Luke 12:22-25, NLT)
  • and cares and concernsGive all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)
  • Now fear“We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, (Luke 1:74, NLT) and “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” (Isaiah 43:1, NKJV)
  • and anxietyIt is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. (Psalm 127:2, NLT)
  • Then there’s terror— “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.” (Psalm 91:5, NLT) and   “You will live in peace, and terror will not come near.” (Isaiah 54:14, NLT)
  • And  panic (groundless fear)“But do not panic; don’t be afraid when you hear the first rumor of approaching forces. For rumors will keep coming year by year.” (Jeremiah 51:46, NLT) and“Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them.” (Deuteronomy 20:3, NIV)

Do you get the idea?  God has commanded His children to slam the door on fear. You cannot stop the enemy’s thoughts from showing up to pester you but you do NOT need to entertain them or invite them into your heart and mind! And know this, you cannot be neutral here.  Every little worry and fear is an invitation to trample the Cross of Jesus Christ under foot.  You cannot be fearful and believe that Jesus accomplished His work and destroyed the works of the devil as He claimed when He declared “It is finished.”If you want a strategy for overcoming every agent of fear, try this formula for “Living Fearlessly.” 

  • Face the fears that attack you. Name them, laugh at them and refuse to let them in.
  • Examine the Word of God for promises to combat each specific attack.
  • Adopt a trust mindset that God can and will make a triumphant way out no matter what happens.
  • Resist thoughts that come in the form of panic, worry, concern or anxiety. Don’t dwell on any of them.
  • Leave the future to God.  Stay in the present moment.
  • Expect wisdom, strength and power to come when you need it.
  • Stand on God’s promises for however long it takes.  Don’t waver!
  • Speak only hope, encouragement, and confidence. Use your tongue as a weapon!
  • Live thankfully.  Recount your blessings and all the times God has shown up for you.
  • You decide.  Whose report will you believe?

8 Comments on “How Does God Feel About FEAR?”

  1. Just when I thought your book, Employed for Life, could not get any better, I got hit with a flood of career related revelations. I can’t understand why I have not been taught this sooner in my life. Thank you for writing an exceptional spirit led job seeker’s guide.

  2. This was very helpful .. I just don’t know where this being fearful comes from.. Me being In my dorm room and being afraid to pray I haven’t felt that way ! I’m 19 and I’ve been saved since I was 16. And I just don’t know why .. I don’t want to hold back from God I know he won’t hurt me

    1. Fear is an outside attack. It always comes from the enemy. God didn’t give you a spirit of fear. So, knowing that, just consider fear in all its various forms to be an “early warning signal” that your peace is being threatened. Run back into God’s arms as fast as you can by singing praise and worship songs, speaking His promises out loud, praying in the Spirit and focusing on His majesty and love. It requires practice but you can become fearless. Start now and write back to tell us how it turned out!

  3. This article is very empowering! It brings such peace and hope I will be studying and applying the fearless principles! Thank you so much! Praise God for your obedience in sharing this Wisdom!

  4. A God cannot empathize or be understanding to humans real fears. Real fears can harm and kill a human. Supposedly a God cannot harmed or be killed. A God cannot experience a “REAL” threat. A God cannot understand what its like to loose a loved one. This from Sam Harris and Mark Twain.

    1. You are correct that God does not experience fear personally but, as Jesus, God stepped into humanity and experienced everything man experiences. At the Cross Jesus took every evil man has ever known and every infirmity and bore it for us. He took all of it to the grave and conquered it by His resurrection. He understands that we fear and He knows it is an enemy strategy so He tells us not to buy into it. His perfect love casts out every form of fear because fearlessness is what God desires for us.

  5. God does know what it’s like to lose loved ones. He loves us all, sinner and saint. Those who find themselves in eternal torment in the end are loved ones that He loses to their own desire to refuse Him in life. When the end comes, God will lose more loved ones than any of us can fathom.
    By my own recklessness, lack of self control, and impatience, I have become estranged from someone I love dearly. We’ve only met this year, but he has become such a powerful presence in my life. He suffers from a lot of past darkness that comes with PTSD and Bi-polar disorder. In my haste for a relationship, I let my emotions and lack of understanding in the fruits of the spirit, drive him away. Dealing with his own insecurities, he chose to close himself off and now we don’t speak at all. God has given me such a heart of love and empathy, but I ignored it for my own desire to be loved and wanted. God has called me now to practice those fruits quietly, leaving this man be for now. God has made it clear that I am to use my capacity for empathy to practice agape in my workplace, in my home, and to this man. These spiritual evils mentioned in this article, often invades my heart. I fear I’ll lose him, or that we will never have another chance. This article has given me wonderful perspective in what God is asking of me. Trust without borders…. Trusting God without fear of what may be, living with hope in the knowledge that God knows what’s best for me and for this man. Willingly living with an unrequited love for as long as He wants me to, as well as, putting my human desires aside so that he may spread his agape through me. I’m in for a very uncomfortable ride, but that’s what trust without borders means to me. Thank you so much for these wonderful words, this is a message I’ll be keeping close at hand.

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