Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
The Lord is your Helper and He promised to never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5); yet, one of Satan’s most powerful and insidious weapons used against the people of God is fear: fear of failure, fear not having enough, fear sickness and disease, and in these days, even fear of contracting or dying from a viral infection.
Fear immobilizes and paralyses you by instilling dread in your heart and mind. But if you are faithful, focused, and fearless, you will triumph in victory by staying present in the moment, keeping your eyes on Him, and showing courage in the face of fear.
What Is Fear? Fear is the opposite of fearlessness and courage. It is a feeling—and can be a spirit—of dread caused by the expectation or realization of danger, or any unfavorable outcome. What causes fear is the uncertainty of the future (See Gen. 15:1). Fear is an acronym (F.E.A.R.)—any circumstance presenting false evidence in your mind but appearing real; and thus, you react as if it were so. Therefore, fear is faith in reverse. But God says, “Fear not, for I am with you!”
The two greatest emotions among mankind are fear and love. Always choose love because God is love and there is no fear in love; in fact, perfect love casts out the torment of fear (1 John 4:7-8, 18). Remember you are dead with Christ in God (Col. 3:2, 3), and “dead men don’t sin’ and dead men don’t fear! But truth be told . . .
It is only natural in your humanity to have some fear, but choose to respond to fear in faith and not react with dread in your heart. “Fearless” isn’t the absence of fear, but having courage in the face of fear, just as Moses told Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Fear produces bondage, but fearlessness produces liberty and victory (Rom. 8:15; 2 Tim. 1:7). Fear not!