Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." That is a very interesting statement because fear can be very debilitating. Let us take a few minutes and research the subject of fear by asking the following questions: What is fear? Where does fear originate? Is there any way to overcome fear?
These are valid questions. To find valid answers to these questions, we need to look at a valid source to find answers: God's word.
What is fear? We will begin with the definition of fear as shown in Webster's Dictionary: 1: anxiety caused by real or possible danger pain, et cetera 2: to be frightened, apprehensive or concerned.
Where did fear originate? The Bible tells us that fear began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. God had created a perfect environment for them to live in and gave them only one restriction. But when He came to visit them, they hid themselves because they knew they had disobeyed that one restriction. They were afraid. Fear was the result of their disobedience. Because of their disobedience, sin entered their lives and sin and fear have been in control from that day to the present.
This brings us to the third question. Is there any way to overcome fear? Once again, we need to look into God's word to find the answer. When we read 2 Timothy 1:7 we see that God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. Fear did not exist until there was sin. Because of sin, a void exists between God and His creation. However, as we continue to look into His word, we see that despite the disobedience that brought fear and sin into His creation, God still loves us and wants us to have eternal life in heaven with Him. John 3:16 tells us He has provided a way to eliminate the sin and overcome the fear. We find His provision when we read John 14:6 where Jesus tells us that He is the only way to fill the void that exists. Romans 6:23 tells us that because of God's unconditional love for us, He offers the gift of eternal life to us. That gift is available to us through Jesus Christ despite the fact that everyone has sinned; Romans 3:23. When we ask God's forgiveness for our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are guaranteed that His forgiveness is ours. Psalm 103:12 promises that He will separate our sins from us as far as the east is from the west. They will be gone. He will never remember them again. The void will no longer exist.
As we continue to read Romans 8:31, we have the promise that when God is for us, no one can stand against us. In Hebrews 13:5 we also have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. In other words, God will be with us no matter what situations or circumstances we encounter. When we read Isaiah 41:10 & 13, He assures us that we do not need to fear because He is with us. He will strengthen us and He will help us. Two tremendous and wonderful promises from God: Our sins will be forgiven. Fear can no longer control us.
If you are asking yourself how I can make these promises my own, please allow me to answer your question by saying that they are yours for the asking. Romans 10:9 says that all you need to do is reverently call out to Jesus Christ and you will be saved. When you read John 1:12, you will see that when you call, you will become a member of God's family. His promises will be yours. Praise God! Revelation 3:20 says that He is patiently waiting. Won't you call out to Him today? Your life will never be the same.
You may have had a past without God, but you can have a future with Him!