Fear: Expectation Vs Reality of God’s Word

Fear; this should have nothing to do with you. As a child of the Most High God, you have nothing to fear! No matter how challenging the circumstance or how large and terrible the obstacle may be, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you – Philippians 3:13

When you feel uncertain or afraid, you can take a step of faith, determine to develop strong faith to fight fear in its entirety. You know that God is in control. People don’t have the final say, only God has the final say and He says that you are an overcomer! Don’t fear anything.

Are You Living in Fear?

So, you are afraid. We all do from time to time as we journey through life and are confronted with one challenge or the other. Of course we we are in this world but not of this world but fear should not rule you. When fear comes, we should not take it or react the way things come. Someone said 20% is what happens to you but 80% is what you make of it. This means that it is not what happens or what has happened that matters but the way you react that is very important. 

In this study, we want to go on a deep learning journey. This will shed more light on what fear is, your expectations in life, the reality of God’s word to rule over fear and how your faith links in between the three to bring about Godly results. 

What is Fear?

  • Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Fear is a human emotion that is triggered by a perceived threat
  • In 1 John 4:18 the bible says fear is that which brings torment.
  • Fear works against your faith in God

Everyone experiences fear in their life. There are big fears we are very aware of and little ones we may not even realize we have. I’ve learned that it’s very important to understand what fear is and how it works against us because if we don’t, it can keep us from becoming what God created us to be, which means we won’t fulfill our purpose in life.

Fear Is Evil Scheme

Fear is a tool the devil uses against us to make us miserable and destroy our lives. It begins as a thought and then creates emotions that can rule us. It often becomes a strong, intense feeling that tries to move us to make a foolish action or tries to prevent us from doing something that would be good for us. Because it’s such a common way that Satan attacks people’s lives, I think of it as the master spirit he uses to manipulate people and keep them out of God’s will.

Expectation Vs Reality

Expectation is a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in future. Proverbs 23:18 ‘the expectation of the righteous shall not be cut short’. Meanwhile, reality means the state of things as they actually exist and we can see.

Now, let’s dive in. 

Fear is Satan’s Destructive Power

Fear is oppression. It brings sin and destroys good things. But there is no fear in love. God’s love brings healing, deliverance, safety and blessings! As a believer, you know that you’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

man with his hands cover his face in fear

What does this mean? Jesus shed his blood so we can exchange our unrighteousness for his righteousness.  2 Corinthians 5:21. We have been made His righteousness, the very righteousness of God himself. When we are established in his righteousness, walking in his commandments of love then His perfect love in us begins to cast out all fear – 1 John 4:18

Satan is a terrorist, his weapon again the believer is fear. Isaiah 54:14 ‘In righteousness shall thou be established, you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not be fear and from terror, for it shall not come near you’

5 Types of Fear

  • Fear of failure
  • Of the unknown
  • When you fear success
  • Fear of the past
  • Being afraid of your past

20 Most Common Fear

  1. Anxiety
  2. Concerns
  3. Despair
  4. Dismay
  5. Doubt
  6. Dread
  7. Horror
  8. Jitters
  9. Panic
  10. Sacre
  11. Terror
  12. Uneasiness
  13. Worry
  14. Agitation
  15. Misgiving
  16. Distress
  17. Easily Trembling
  18. Corwardice
  19. Phobia
  20. Faint in the heart

Why Do We Fear?

We fear because we yield to Satan’s suggestions. You see, fear is the opposite of faith. They both are in opposite directions. God wants us to walk by faith but Satan wants us to walk by fear. For we walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7. When we learn to live by faith and not let fear rule our life, we can live a successful and peaceful life in Christ.

Causes of Fear

I will say the main cause of fear is the absence of faith. Looking at the example of what happened in Mark 4:35-41 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?

Jesus asked the disciples why they are in fear. Do they still have faith? That is it. When you don’t have faith in God fear is inevitable. The antidote to fear therefore is faith!

Effects of Fear

Generally, fear is not healthy for your spirit, soul and body. Please see the following effects of fear: 

  1. Fear brings torment – 1 John 4:18
  2. Living in fear has serious health consequences: a study from Earl. E Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing reveals that fear has four effects which affects physical health, memory issues, brain processing and reactivity and mental health.

3 Things To Remember When Facing Fear

A deeper meditation on Psalm 23 will open your eyes to some three things to remember when facing fear. Verse 4: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me’.

two hands lifts to heaven of fear not

1. You Are Not Alone, God is With You

The presence of God in your life stops all fear. Stop focusing on your fear, what’s scaring you, and focus on Jesus. He is with you right now and will never leave nor forsake you. . When you get your focus off of your fear, you can focus on God and what he wants to do through you.

You may not be able to see him, but he is there saying to you, ‘do not fear’.Valleys are different for a believer than a non-believer. That difference isn’t the absence of the shadow. It’s the presence of the Shepherd. God’s presence with you during fear makes the situation workout in your favour in the end.

2. God Has Purpose For Everything In Life

Fear is an indication of an issue that is not pleasant with us. But most of the time, God always has a purpose in every situation we find ourselves. This is why we must not give in to fear. Psalm 23 tells us over and over God works for our good.

He gives us everything we need (v. 1), gives us rest (v. 2), gives us strength (v. 3), and leads us down the right path (v. 3). Psalm 23:6 says, “Your goodness and love will be with me all my life” (GNT). The consistent message of Scripture is that God cannot do evil. As we go through valley situations, we need to remember that God will use these difficult days for our good. Therefore, always say to yourself ‘no fear here’

He Can Work Through Your Fear

Furthermore, we must know that God loves to take the difficult times of our lives and use them to build our character. Paul tells us this in Romans 5:3-4: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (NLT).Hosea 2:15 says, ““I will transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope!” (NLT). God will do this through today’s valley as well. He will work it out for your good! As believers, we can be absolutely certain that there is a purpose in our pain.

3. Fear or No Fear, Our Reward Will Last Forever

When in fear, the third thing we need to remember is that no matter what happens to our earthly bodies, this is not the end of the story. Heaven will be worth any valley we go through today. There we will be rewarded for our faithfulness during our time on earth.

The Bible says heaven is real—and we’ll be there forever. No valley, no matter how long it seems now, will last near that long. So, do not fear a thing!2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles” (NCV). I don’t know what fear keeps you up at night. Maybe you’re scared of getting sick.

God Will Work Good Out Of Your Situation

Maybe you’re scared of someone you love getting sick. Maybe you’re scared you’ll have to close your business or loose your job. However, I do know God will work good out of this situation. I know the valley won’t last. A word of encouragement; please take some time to soak in and meditate on Psalm 23 sometime today. It is one of my powerful daily scripture declaration every day

We’ll walk through this valley together as we look at it in light of eternity. Revelation 21:4 tells us: [God] will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (NLT).

This is not the end of the story.

Power Against Fear

  • Christ has redeemed us from fear – Galatians 3:13
  • We have been set free from fear – Galatians 5:1

20 Scriptures For Leaving In Freedom From Fear

2 Timothy 1:7

Romans 8:15

1 John 4:18

Psalms 91

Proverbs 3:25-26

Isaiah 54:14

Psalm 56.11

Psalm 23:4-5

Romans 8.31, 35-39

Psalm 31:24

John 14.27

Psalm 27:1-3

Hebrews 13.6

5 Practical Steps To Conquer Fear

Do you want the fear-free lifestyle? Here are steps you can take to immediately get on the road toward freedom from fear:

1. Accept Jesus As Your Lord

Simply say, ‘Jesus, come into my heart right now. I accept you as my personal Lord and saviour. Fill me with Your peace and love’

2. Command Fear To Get Out of Your Life Now!

Just say, ‘Fear I command you to get out of my life. Leave me and my family in Jesus’ name! I take my authority as a believer and refuse to allow fear to enter my home.

3. Join A Local Church To Learn More About Faith

Look for a true bible believing church and join to grow in faith. Consistently attending church and fellowship with other believers in Christ will help you a lot. Everyone needs a word of encouragement in the middle of a discouraging world. 

4. Get A Bible And Read For Yourself

The bible has much to say about living a fear-free lifestyle. The above listed scriptures are only part of them. Please read them often, read them to your family, read them during the day and before you go to bed at night. They will comfort your heart and bring peace to your mind. 

5. Pray Every Day

Prayer is a way you worship and relate with your heavenly father. You are able to fellowship with him and you receive revelation, inspiration and instructions to live above worry and fear.

Olajide Theophilus is the founder of Faith Life Worth Living where he publishes in-depth and highly inspirational resources on Faith, Hope and Love. To stay connected please sign up for FREE weekly tips on Living by Faith HERE Or Follow on Twitter HERE

By Olajide Theophilus

A Passionate Teacher, Author and Blogger. Loving God and sharing Hope and Joy to our generation

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