Facing Fear


In the post Along for the Ride, I wrote that at no time did my son give in to fear when we rode a roller coaster. He rested in the fact that his father was with him, and that was enough. This is not to say that he did not face fear. He did not concede to it. God’s message to me was that I needed to be like my son, Along for the Ride.

It is an undeniable reality that we all, like my son, are Facing Fear everyday. Since the question is not if but when, we need to consider how to face fears in a manner consistent with God’s expectations. We will spend a few days looking at how to face fear. I am not the pundit, but I can share what God has shared with us. Let’s look at the text from Along for the RideIsaiah 43.

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

The very first thing God says to the believer is that they must know to whom to listen. God, in His message to His people, makes sure that they know it is Him who is speaking, “But now, this is what the Lord says”. Like those people of God long ago, we must know who we are listening to when Facing Fear. We can listen to others including the wicked one who lies, ourselves or God. God calls for us to listen to what He says. The application is for us to go back to God’s Word to listen to what He has said. It is God’s Word that provides encouragement and strength to effectively deal with our fears.

Notice in verse one that God calls them by name. In John 10:3, Jesus says “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” The application is that remember who they are. They belong to God.

Also in verse one, God tells us to remember our position and that position is yours because I called you by name. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” In Facing Fear, God commands us to “do not fear”. Easier said than done right? Well, if we listen to what He says and remember who were are, His, our confidence to not fear is rooted in those two factors. For those who belong to God, whom He has called by name, He says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;”

We are commanded not to fear. When God gives a command to do or not do something, He also gives us the power or ability to follow His directive. Our ability not to fear is rooted in us belonging to Him. He says, that “I have redeemed you” Dictionary.com defines redeem as to buy or pay off; clear by payment. The Hebrew word for redeem here is ga’al which is to buy back from bondage. Spiritually, the bondsman is sin. God has always bought back from sin. Fear is sin because it calls us not to exercise our faith in God. Our redemption is only in Christ.

In Facing Fear, we must exercise our faith. If you have been redeemed through the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, we must remember that we are no longer slaves to fear. He purchased our freedom from sin through His death, burial and resurrection. We do not have to take heed to our fears. As my kids say to one another, “you are not the boss of me!” Fear is not the boss of us; why give an ear? Let’s go through this day effectively Facing Fear because we have been redeemed. We belong to God, and remember that God has said, ““Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

 

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