Fear is the opposite of faith. I see so many people who live in fear, so bound so tightly they make themselves physically sick. Fear is the root of so many things that are not Godly:
- Prevents you from staying true to the Word
Yes, fear will hinder your walk with God. If you are afraid of being shunned or facing repercussions for what you believe, whether it is in your social group (“friends”), your job or your family, if you are afraid that they will mock you or turn away from you then you are allowing fear to impede your relationship with God.
Some people may say that staying true to the Word causes hate and prejudice, but that is a lie!
The Bible teaches us to love each other, everyone, but to abhor the behaviors that are ungodly. It isn’t prejudice, it is refusing to accept behaviors that the Bible teaches us are wrong.
Isaiah 5:20 (NASB) ~20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Stand by what you know to be right, even if everyone else is standing on the opposite side because if you are standing on the side of God, you can’t go wrong.
Don’t let fear rule you. The devil uses fear to keep your feet stuck in the mud so you can’t go forward, you can’t reach others and you can’t grow. He uses it to make you hide your light so others can’t be exposed to the Truth through you.
It takes courage to stand against the ever growing crowd that is pressing us to accept the ways of the world, pressing us to accept what is evil and call it good. And fear is a very effective tool. People fear losing their friends, their families, support systems, jobs. They fear being shunned, publically humiliated, “called out” on what is twisted into hate (when in fact it is just a refusal to accept what is ungodly or evil).
But fear is also death.
If you are living in fear, you will never go forward.
If you are living in fear, you will slip further and further into the ways of the world.
If you are living in fear, you will move farther away from God.
If you are living in fear, you will never be able to shine your light upon the world.
If you are living in fear, you will not be able to show others the Truth and lead them to God. You will deny them the knowledge of everlasting life because you were to afraid to step out and be set apart.
Stand strong in your faith today. Step out and let yourself be set apart.
1 John 2:15 (NASB) ~ 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Romans 12:2 (NASB) ~ 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.