Faith column: Fear is a liar

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Spring season is almost upon us here in the great white north, but instead what seems to be overwhelming many these days is a season of fear. It is so easy to get overwhelmed.

Brilliant minds are working on the medical antidote to the COVID-19 virus but the results or the timing of that is far above our paygrade as they say. Still, we CAN do something about the other epidemic which is fear.

Certainly, the Bible makes clear that those in relationship with Him never need face the trials of living in this fallen world alone. “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.” Bad things happen to good people. But the godly do not have to endure misfortune alone. God’s word assures, “He will never leave us or forsake us.”

Jesus recognized that His disciples battled with fear. Fear is a powerful emotion that the devil can exploit. Fear makes us extremely vulnerable to discouragement.

Look at the words of Jesus when speaking to His disciples. These verses show how God is watching over you and me, CONTINUALLY!

“Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear… And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Luke 12:4-5, 7 NLT)

Fear is intricately connected to our own lack of faith and our own healthy fear of the Lord. When we are faithless, we are not trusting God fully.

Fear is one of the main weapons that the enemy uses to torment us. God wants to deliver everyone who struggles with fear. When God’s people are free from fear, they can walk in power, authority and victory!

Many fears begin with lies that the enemy has told us, which shows why the devil is called the “father of lies.” He tries to handicap us with fear because he knows that the truth will set us free. The devil uses the natural emotion of fear against us to make us feel helpless in resisting him.

I Love the acrostic that fear is simply: False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear makes you think that the worst will happen! It’s as if that fear is holding up a magnifying glass to make things appear larger than they may actually be. Remember that what you magnify gets bigger.

Fear would have us doubt the Lord and ourselves and cause the issue to appear bigger than it really is! The devil discredits God in every way he can, whispering lying accusations to us about God, as he did to Adam and Eve.

One of the ways that the devil instills fear is by telling us lies about who we are and what we are facing: He whispers, “Look at your finances! You will not make it!  You didn’t give enough to God, so He is punishing you!” LIE! Another lie that the enemy commonly whispers is “God will never forgive you for that sin!” LIE!

The way we counteract the lie is with the truth. In my family we regularly proclaim the scripture over ourselves and our possessions and loved one. Let us together commit to proclaiming one of the greatest of all promissory passages over ourselves, Psalm 91. Read it aloud over yourself. Read it often. Let it become a part of your antidote to fear and even an antidote to the virus (plague) that visits us in this city.

—Stephen Laing, Oasis Fellowship

Psalm 91 NASB

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

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