Top 40 Faith Actions for Every Believer - 2
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God… Philippians 4:6
Be careful (anxious, apprehensive) for nothing
Have you ever thought about how easy it is to become so accustomed to certain undesirable things that we don’t even notice them after a while? Or if you do, you’ve become so resigned to them that they just seem normal to you. Worry and fear are of such things. You can become so accustomed to being worried about something or things going wrong that when they go right that’s when you worry even more.
If we can just live with fears and anxieties and they’re no big deal, why does God command that we avoid them, resist them and don’t let them have a place anywhere in our lives? For one reason fear and anxiety are not just bad for your wellbeing in general, but they are also gateways for even greater negative affects on our lives. Torment is a companion of fear. Fear itself is a torment to the soul. The mind can become obsessed with thoughts of imminent doom and destruction, of judgment and condemnation, of life threatening circumstances that lead to death. All these assault the soul and drain strength from the body, ultimately leading to all manner of sickness, mentally, psychologically, emotionally and physically. Worry and fear can make you sick.
That’s why God doesn’t want us to buy into the devil’s attempts to make us fearful and anxious. He wants us carefree, free from all thoughts of negative things that may or may not come. Studies have shown that over 99% of things people fear never come to pass, but almost 100% of things that people dwell on fearfully they eventually will experience. It is as though fear draws us into the very thing we fear. The Bible confirms it.
“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. Job 3:25
“Because I feared the great multitude, and dreaded the contempt of families, so that I kept silence and did not go out of the door..." Job 31:34
What is the answer, the antidote, the defense, the response, what is our offense against fear? Perfect love. Perfect love casts out all fear.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Are you being tormented by fear?
Then, let’s fix that. If you have Jesus and He lives in you then you have perfect love available to you because Jesus is perfect love. By faith you can access that love, making it the motivation for all your responses to whatever comes to make you fearful.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:6-9
Worry and fear can never bring about the desires of our hearts. We can’t worry ourselves into health and more than we can worry ourselves into security or safety. We cannot worry ourselves into wealth or wisdom. Worry only tends toward the worsening of our situation. Worry is the thief of joy and peace, but perfect love leads to life all that is good.
There is only one fear that is good, that is the fear of the Lord. That fear is the beginning of wisdom. That fear puts a boundary of protection around us that keeps us from falling in to the lies and traps of our adversary the devil.
Here are just a few of the benefits of the fear of the Lord.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. Proverbs 10:27
“In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14:26
“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27
“Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.” Proverbs 15:16
“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 15:33
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. Proverbs 16:6
“The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23
“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.” Proverbs 22:4