Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Is Fear A Sin?”
Fear is a very normal response to perilous situations.
This emotion incites a highlighted awareness of danger and increases our concentration and focus to escape horrors. Sadly, some people live in a constant state of fear and are stuck in the mire of terror. They are immobilized and become crippled.
When we think of fear, we might equate it to anxiety, dismay, despair, horror, and worry.
God doesn’t want His children living with such heavy emotions, for they weigh us down and prevent us from living victorious lives for Christ. We are to acknowledge and overcome our fears, not wallow in them.
The Corona Virus has left many Christians in a state of constant fear. Some believers are afraid to attend church services, fellowship with family members and friends, and even shop for groceries. Precautions are wise, but not if they create a petrified existence in us. Fear is a liar. It exaggerates circumstances and blows things out of proportion. It magnifies the bad and erases the grace of God. Fear replaces faith with doubt and tramples on our trust in an all-powerful God. Furthermore, fear is malignant. It’s not only harmful to the one consumed by it but often spreads to those in close proximity. It feeds the fire of panic and sparks embers of doubt and despair. The enemy has slyly convinced some Christians that they are living wisely by staying home, not fellowshipping, avoiding those in need, and shaming others for interacting or meeting in groups. This causes division. Fear is demonic.
What does the Bible teach us about fear? 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear. 1 Co. 14:33 states that God is not the author of confusion. The Spirit within us is one of power, love, and a sound mind. If we are confused, it isn’t because God is trying to confound us. Satan is the force behind confusion and chaos.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)
Are those sheltering at home, refusing to attend church, or fellowship with friends and family in the wrong? That is for the Holy Spirit to reveal. Every individual needs to have an honest conversation with God and see what HE says regarding their circumstances. I ask, if fear is actually causing Christians to isolate, what are they afraid of? Sickness and death? God has written the number of our days in His book. The devil can’t snatch away a single moment of our life. With this in mind, we can wisely interact with others knowing God has ordained the number of days we are to live on earth.
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV)
If you fear death and struggle with anxiety you need to do some soul searching and pray. Fear involves torment and perfect love casts out all fear. God’s grace is sufficient and he who abides in love abides in God.
This pandemic is awful. Many have died due to Covid. However, we can’t stop living for Christ. We can’t allow fear to interfere with God’s love and plan for our lives. We need to share the Good News in good times and bad. This is a spiritual battle! Are you a living witness of the peace of Christ? Are you stepping out in faith by saying, “Lord, send me?” Fear is sin if it’s preventing you from doing God’s will. These are difficult times, but God has equipped you to live in these days. You have everything you need to be victorious. The strength God provides is conditional… you must use it!
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 (NKJV)
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 (NKJV)
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 (NKJV)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)