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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
“For God hath not given us the spirit of
fear; but of power, and of love, and of a
II Timothy 1:7
During World War II, General Patton was
praised for his courage and bravery. General
Patton replied, “Sir, I am not a brave man.
The truth is I am an utter craven coward. I
have never been within the sound of gunshot
or in the heat of a battle in my whole life
that I wasn’t so scared that I had sweat in
the palms of my hands.” Many years later,
when writing his autobiography, the general
included this statement: “I learned very
early in my life never to take counsel of my
Fear is the one thing that paralyzes more
people in their pursuits than any other
thing in the world. But Jesus Christ has
given us victory over our fears!
friend of mine in college told something
that has stuck with me through the years. He
said, “Fear means False Evidence Appearing
Real.” So often that is true in our lives.
The things that we fear are false evidence
of things that appear to be real. The truth
is that most of our fears are unfounded
Christian is really foolish if he takes
counsel of his fears. Christ did not give
you a fearful spirit. Over 365 times His
Word says, “Fear not,” or “Be not
afraid.” Yet, many times some false
evidence comes into our minds and soon we
are paralyzed with fear.
fearful Christian is a faithless Christian.
Faith in God is empowering! His Word gives
us power over our fears. What fear could we
have that is greater than our God? Live in
the light of His Word and overcome the
shadow world of fear.
Also, God has given us a spirit of love.
Fear causes us to withdraw from others and
to distrust others around us. I John 4:18
says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect
love casteth out fear; because fear hath
torment. He that feareth is not made perfect
in love.” God sheds His love in our hearts
to cast out fear and torment!
That’s not all. God gives us a sound mind.
Sound means healthy or whole. A mind fixed
on God’s Word is healthy enough to
spiritually discern things and come to
biblical conclusions. Our minds are to be
grounded in Godly faith.
Let each of us take counsel from faith in
God’s Word, not in unfounded fears!
Study verses: II
Timothy 1:7; I John 4:18
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