The world is full of fear; many are plagued by the fear of death, fear of bankruptcy, fear of failure and even the fear of rejection. The list goes on and on, but this is not your portion as a child of God. The Lord says; “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. God tells you to fear not; do not fear. It is within your God-given power to refuse to fear because He upholds you.
Fear has kept many in unnecessary suffering, sickness, under incessant demonic attacks and many negative situations more than any other tool the devil has ever used. Fear is the reason for inaction and impulsive reaction. Satan uses fear so much, buttressed with its twin monster called worry or anxiety. In many cases a small stone turns into an anthill, which through the spectacles of fear becomes a hill and finally with the help of worry it turns into a mountain. Listen; “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.” 1 Peter 5:8-9. The devil masquerades as a roaring lion; a picture of fierceness, but he is not a lion. This is because his greatest weapon is fear; he wants to invoke fear in people’s life, so that he may pounce. However, this scripture tells us what to do; first be sober and vigilant, do not allow yourself to fear. Keep alert and aware of the antics of the adversary; even when the situation looks fearsome, refuse to fear. How? Resist him (fear) steadfast in faith, stand on God’s word, and express your faith against any fear invoking circumstance. Voice your dependence on God’s word and remind the situation or satan that you stand on God’s unshakeable word.
The instruction not to fear appears 365 times in the bible, in most cases it is a command. This is equivalent to the number of days in a year; this implies that every day, God is saying fear not. You need a great dose of courage to advance in life. It is possible to allow yourself to fear the unknown and become immobile in life, which is why many resist change. The fear of failure is caused by the consequences of past failures, so any time you want to venture into doing something similar, you remember and fear to do anything. The fear of death is the worst fear; however no child of God should possess it. Unfortunately many Christians are still bound by this! Have you ever thought about the fact that even if you died, your destination is assured and more glorious; yes you heard me, it is HEAVEN. For heaven’s sake, do not fear death, this is the number one fear Jesus dealt with. “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15. Jesus died to destroy the power of death and deliver us who were all our lifetime subject to bondage because of the fear of death. There is great liberty, when you know and assured that you have victory over death and when your time comes to leave earth, you are heaven bound. Whether you received the worst diagnosis from doctors, they might be death threats from your detractors and even dreams about death, refuse to fear. Your path is a path of life through and through; In “the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28.
God told Joshua; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. This was a command to Joshua; ‘be strong and of good courage, and do not be afraid’. Today God is commanding you ‘do not be afraid’. You can release your faith and refuse to fear. As children of God, fear is not in our nature; “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.’” Romans 8:15. We were once in bondage, but now we have received the Spirit of adoption, we are adopted as children of God; we should not fear instead in any terrifying situation, we should cry ‘Abba, Father”. That is an emergency call to our Daddy-God. He said that He is with us; He will uphold and help us in all circumstances, hallelujah. We are equipped perfectly by God not to fear; “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7. Fear is not from God; the Spirit we received from Him is power, love and a sound mind. Declare; ‘I refuse to fear, God is my helper’. In all situations remember that God’s help is ever with you and no matter how hard the devil hits, you have the power to resist him steadfast in faith. Always declare like David; “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4.
Robert Ssesanga is the founder of Aflame Gospel Ministries a multifaceted Christian ministry and the Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. He is an author and a conference speaker who travels extensively to nations. He preaches the gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has been instrumental to many lives that have been impacted over the years in many nations. HIs passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.