Everywhere you look and everywhere you go it seems that there is a heavy dose of fear. You turn on CNN, the news, or any other ‘upcoming information’ and it is all rooted in fear. Fear that the economy is getting worse, that the world is ending, or of diseases spreading rapidly. I recall last year that everyone was in fear of the swine flu and the news just kept feeding the fears of the people. A while back, in a movie called ‘Contagion,’ one person caught a very deadly disease and it quickly became an epidemic. In the trailer for the movie, flashing on the screen, were these words: “No one is immune from fear.” I don’t know why, but that line struck me. I believe it struck me so hard because all I see in the world is fear, and yes fear will come but the word of God gives us clear instructions on how to deal with it. So what does the bible say about fear?
John 16:33– “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
In the above scripture Jesus says that we will have hard times in life but to be joyful and not in fear because He has overcome the world. That scripture alone makes me happy knowing that the creator has already overcome the world, and has given us a Helper to help us in this life. I absolutely love what Paul wrote to Timothy in 2Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” What Paul was saying is the Helper that Jesus was talking about was not a spirit of fear, but He was and is a spirit of power, of love, and a sound mind. Paul also writes to the church in Rome; Romans 8:15– “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” Paul is reiterating the same thing to the Romans, but with a little different emphasis saying that we have not received a spirit of fear but we actually have been adopted by God almighty and have His helper living in us.
Fear and faith cannot reside together, and so when one is present the other is absent. Just like I said fear will come but what do you do when it does? The writer of Hebrews said this in Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”Basically what he is saying is the Word of God is alive and working and powerful enough to change your life. Romans 10:17 says,“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” When fear comes you’ve got to feed your faith. You need to be in the Word of God constantly to keep your faith turned to the on position knowing that Jesus has already whooped the devil for you, He has already taken your stripes for your healing, and that He meets your needs according to His riches and not according to the economy. Faith comes by you putting the Word of God in you, and when you’re in faith it is impossible to be in fear. Rest in the Savior and feed on His word, and begin to see impossible become possible because of your faith in the Father.
About the Author:
Troy grew up with a shaky childhood. With a mom who was a drug addict (she is now clean and sober) and a father that left when he was two, Troy was left to his grandmother to be raised for a majority of his teenage years; she loved and raised him like her own. During those teenage years Troy met his wife in high school and started to attend church when he was seventeen and at age eighteen he gave his life to Jesus. Right after Troy gave his life to Christ, he attended a concert where he had a ‘ah ha!’ moment. He then knew he was called to preach the gospel and ’win the lost at any cost.’ Troy later attended Rhema Bible Training Center, graduated in 2008, and immediately after graduation started Troy Bailey Ministries.
Troy is the president and founder of Troy Bailey Ministries. He desires to see a church passionate about people. His favorite verse, Mark 8:34-35, helps drive the heart of the ministry. It is the call from Jesus to every believer’s heart- to lay down your life and follow Him, to live unashamed of the Gospel.
For more information on Troy Bailey Ministries visit his website: www.troybaileyministries.com