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Are you Committing this Sin?

Are you Committing this Sin?

In God whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? {Psalm 56:4}

The most frequent command given to us in the Bible is the command to “fear not.” If this were our only offense to what God has commanded us to do, then how many times in a day would we be guilty of this sin?

Yes,sin.

Jesus did not merely tell us to “fear not” as a way to console us or make us feel better about the cursed lives we live. No, Jesus told us not to fear because fear is a wretched parasite that once allowed into our mind plagues and corrupts the whole body from within. Just consider how many times in a day you are fearful. Don’t think you experience fear on a daily basis… how about worry?

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear… Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? {Luke 12:22, 25-26}

Jesus talked about fear and worry a lot, and if Jesus commands us not to fear or worry, we are in fact sinning every time we do it. I would venture to say it is one of the most rampant sins, but also, the one with which we rarely concern ourselves. Fear and worry seem commonplace and normal. But it is not normal to subject ourselves to the adverse effects of stress that result from chronic fear.

1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

The disciple John also says in verse 8, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” What John is essentially saying is that to some degree, fear keeps us from God. We can’t be filled with God to our maximum capacity if we have fear and worry plaguing our bodies. John says that fear has to do with punishment. And I say that punishment has to do with the enemy. A spiritual war wages all around us day and night, invisible to the untrained eye. For far too long, we have allowed the enemy to use fear as a silent but deadly weapon. By normalizing fear and worry, the enemy may not be able to claim your soul for his kingdom, but he can keep you from being filled with God and being effective in His Kingdom.

But there is good news. God tells us in 2 Chronicles 20:15, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours but God’s.

And in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.”

God is love, and perfect love casts out fear. Take a stand for God’s Kingdom today, and fight back fear with love.