So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.--Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those words still pack quite a punch. Roosevelt  knew what it meant to be paralyzed in his body and he used that word to describe what fear does.  Read it again and note the words "paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." That blows me away. Fear can stop you from moving forward.

In 1999 there was a lot of talk about Y2K(year 2000). Phones, ATMs, and computers were expected by many experts to break down. We were told we might not be able to get food and services. Our bank account might read zero. This was national news. Folks stocked up on canned goods and water, and cash. Many believed there would be an enormous impact and fear was creeping across the nation.  The new year came and went without incident.  Like in the days of Y2K we are once again letting fear creep across the nation. I hear it in the voices of friends and family, I see it in emails and blog post. We have decided no one is safe from some financial crisis. We have become the fearful. Fear is:  False Evidence Appearing Real.   I don't know who made up that little acronym but they got it right.  I have decided to opt out this time. I am not going to worry about job loss, low pay or lack of benefits.  Why? Because I know who my Daddy is.

He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty--Psalm 91:1 

Fear is not of God and it is not from God, he clearly states he didn't give us that.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.--2 Timothy 1:7

Over and over in scripture we are told not to fear.  Really?  Yep really.

Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.'"Isaiah 44:8

You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you."--2Chronicles 20:17

Joshua then said to them, "Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight."--Joshua 10:25

"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."--Deuteronomy 31:6

"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.--Luke 12:32

Ok so now you have seen it for yourself. God tells us not to fear.  Why?  Because fear is perverted faith, not the opposite of it. It is the act of putting faith in the negative outcome. We should keep in mind that there is no such thing as a healthy fear. There is however a healthy respect. We should respect lightning during a storm. We don't have to be afraid of it, just know the rules that govern it and respect them. Don't stand in the middle of the golf course with a club saying "I am not afraid of a little lighting." That would be foolish.   I know bad things happen but don't assume it will happen to you. If it does, expect God's help.

He stated "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me." --Job 3:25

We toss words around forgetting that what we say is power filled.  Think about it. Has someone said words to you that still ring in your memory today?  They could be kind and encouraging or harsh and critical.  We still remember them. Words can impact how you live and choices you make.  If you are dealing with fear concerning a situation, a loved one or maybe yourself, can I ask you gently to watch your mouth.  Stop saying I am afraid I will lose my job, I am afraid my child will use drugs, I am afraid this illness might kill me. Stop speaking words of fear and try speaking words of faith.  Monitor what you watch on TV and how much news you take in.  If you are into dark, horror movies or shows with a lot of violence. You won't be able to shake the fear about your health, home, job or kids.  You can take in the fears of the world and remain courageous. The enemy of our souls loves to use entertainment against us. Make good choices.

It takes effort to live a life of faith, but the benefits are so wonderful. If you are facing some harsh circumstances get your bible out. You can use the tab at the top of this page to Biblegateway and find topics with scripture references. I suggest a study of Psalm 91. Read it aloud everyday.  Speak out  those words of faith and drive fear out.  We have nothing to fear God is with us.
Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me the joy and
rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, O LORD God of hosts. ... Jeremiah 15:16

5 Responses
  1. Jane Says:

    Yes, we shall not fear as a people without God. Though God doesn't always deliver us out of all our troubles, we firmly believe in His nature, that He is love and nothing shall separate us from the love of God. And yes, positive speech. God spoke and the world came into existence. We speak, and the creative force of our speech will either build up or tear down. Speak words of faith to yourself and others, speak praises and thanksgiving! Analisa, I speak hope to you that God will provide all your needs. :)

  2. septembermom Says:

    Analisa, thank you for your kind prayer on my blog post. This post on fear is so timely for me. I get such reassurance from your words. The quotes are wonderful.

  3. Karen Says:

    A needed post for our days, Analisa. I think you must experience that faith in the midst of fear to really understand how powerful the verses you wrote are. When you have those verses will never be the same. Thank you, dear sister.

  4. Analisa Says:

    Thanks for the comments all!!!