A Powerful Weapon For Your Fight Against Fear
By Fin Sheridan
What are you afraid of? The first thing that comes to my mind is a bungee jump. I’m not especially afraid of heights but the idea of jumping into a ravine, with a rope wrapped around my legs so I can swing around, upside down, after plummeting 200m, is not my idea of a good time. Especially not when you’re paying for the privilege!
What are you afraid of? It might not be a question we regularly ask ourselves but maybe that’s the problem. Fear is a very real and present fight for so many of us. Whilst few of us are doing things like bungee jumps daily, fighting fear is an almost daily occurrence for millions of us. We dress it up, make it socially acceptable, call it ‘embarrassment’, ‘being cautious’ or even ‘worry’ and yet, when we pull of the mask, we’re just plain scared.
As Christians, we are given weapons, through God’s Word, for our fight against fear. They are not ‘the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’ They are weapons of the mind and the heart that can help us cut free from fears entanglement.
We find one these weapons in 1 John 4:18 – ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.’ These verses are famous but what do they actually mean? The context is John talking about who God is and the love He has for us.
” So much of our fear comes from this search for love.”
This is the main question of every human heart, the most important question in the world. Every human being is asking this question, even if they can’t articulate it. So much of our fear comes from this search for love, for approval, for validation; God made us for this love and we will be restless and afraid until we find it from Him.
When we realise that this verse is true; there is no punishment for us because God has given us his Son, that He loves us and is for us, then that love will drive out our fear. We’re no longer subject to the approval or validation of others. We aren’t bound by the ropes of worry or anxiety about the future because we know that our loving God will keep us safe. As we grow in our awareness of love, we find freedom from fear.
We’ve put together a video series, called HUMAN, to help you as you journey through some of the more difficult parts of life. Each video has a creative element and then some reflections from some of the CBN Europe team, encouraging you with what God’s word says and how he wants to meet us in our suffering. Check out the video on Fear, below!