Psalm 27:1-6 (NIV)
The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear?
This is one of my favorite passages, it is one I read or quote to myself every day, usually several times a day, in fact.
Why, you may ask, this scripture?
This verse, and the verses following it, talk about resisting fear. Let me explain why I have found it is so important to understand and resist fear.
1.Fear surrounds us. Everywhere we look and everything we hear from the world around us is based upon fear. Fear is how we are trained to respond to events and it is how we are controlled by the world and the world system. The element of fear is so prevalent, we don't even recognize it for what it is. We, as believers, must begin to understand this essential fact, the world lives in and operates by fear.
2.Fear and faith are polar opposites. One cannot be consumed by fear and move in faith at the same time. We Christians sometimes don't understand why we have a difficult time operating in the things of the Lord. Part of the reason is that we must reject fear, push it aside, before faith can rise up. When we look into the word of God and fill our minds with his promise, faith rises up and we begin to experience God on a new level. Then, our attention is drawn back to the world, or life as we know it, fear moves in, and we lose the joy we had so briefly known. Think about the Apostle Peter when he walked to Jesus on top of the waves of the sea. As long as his attention was on Jesus, he stayed up on top, but when he looked around at the storm surrounding him, he began to sink.
Matthew 14:29-30 ( NIV ) "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraidand, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
3.We can reject fear and choose faith. James 4:7 tells us that if we resist the devil, he will flee. It's interesting to note the only thing we are told to do, is resist. This technique even works, to a limited degree, for the natural man. It is using the will of man to choose one path over another. It works, but the natural man does not understand just what he is to resist and what he is to yield himself to, for we do yield ourselves to something. Let us resolve to resist fear. And yield ourselves to God and his promises in our lives.
4.Fear brings dread and defeat, faith brings freedom and joy. The choice is ours. Let us choose to fill our thoughts and minds with God's word and promise to us. Resist the temptation to look around at circumstances, but, instead, say with me
The LORD is the stronghold of my life--
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.