Fear-Good or Bad?

As mentioned in previous posts, fear is good if it keeps you from dangers such as fires, foolish risks, etc. It is good if you learn good judgment from your foolish risks (if you live long enough to use it). If fear tears you apart emotionally or develops in you worry, anxiety, or cowardice, that is not good! Faith in God and His Word will enable you to be free from the wrong kind of fear. II Timothy 1:7 reminds God’s own that: “….God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” However, there is a fear that is called for but seems to be sadly lacking. The Bible tells us to fear God. This kind of fear is a reverence of and respect for God. For all the twice-born, there is a freedom to approach Him and to rejoice in His amazing love and grace. Nevertheless, some have apparently taken this to the point of losing sight of His majesty and holiness. We want to examine this more closely tomorrow, God willing. For today, think on this musical expression of trust and letting go of fear that doesn’t come from God: “Upon life’s boundless ocean where mighty billows roll, I’ve fixed my hope in Jesus, blest anchor of my soul. When trials fierce assail me as storms are gath’ring o’er, I rest upon His mercy and trust Him more. He keeps my soul from evil and gives me blessed peace; His voice hath stilled the waters and bid their tumult cease. My pilot and deliv’rer, to Him I all confide, for always when I need Him, He’s at my side. He is my Friend and Saviour, in Him my anchor’s cast, He drives away my sorrows and shields me from the blast. By faith I’m looking upward beyond life’s troubled sea, there I behold a haven prepared for me. I’ve anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I’ll brave, I’ve anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or wave, I’ve anchored in Jesus, For He hath pow’r to save, I’ve anchored in the rock of ages.” (“I’ve Anchored in Jesus”-By Lewis E. Jones). Selah! God can move us from crippling fear to confident faith! Look to Him!   Ron

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