Jesus defeated fear

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, September 11, 2018

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. 2 Timothy 1:7

9/11 will forever remain an ominous date in the history of this nation. On this date, we remember the victims of terrorism in New York and Pennsylvania. We remember the horror of watching the twin towers in lower Manhattan implode. We cannot forget the heroism of first responders who sacrificed their lives to help others.

It is said the terrorists wanted to cause panic and create fear in the national consciousness of this country with their acts of terrorism. As a result of their acts of terrorism, a majority of Americans became afraid of people from Middle Eastern countries and Asian countries. That fear led to racist actions and attitudes towards these people.

Negative fear can lead to division and hatred. Those who live with fear struggle to love their selves and others. As humans, we make foolish mistakes when we are led by negative fear. Our creativity and ingenuity are stifled when our minds are occupied with negative fear. Relationships are impeded, and Christian fellowship is weakened.

The Bible says that our enemy the devil prowls around like a lion to keep us afraid. However, Jesus came, suffered, bled and died so we can live with power and confidence. Jesus defeated negative fear on the cross so we can live by faith in the Almighty God. Those who believe in Jesus do not have to be afraid of death or eternal judgment. Jesus has changed our eternal destination and guaranteed our salvation.

In Jesus we are more than conquerors and no weapon formed against us will prosper. Therefore, we rejoice in adversity, we sing when sorrow overwhelms our soul, and we have hope through endurance. Our Lord did not give us a spirit of fear, because he wants us to enjoy his providential love on this earth.

Don’t let negative fear prevent you from enjoying God’s blessings. That does not mean you should take unnecessary and unwise risks. The only risk we should take is the risk of faith. Today’s text says God gave us sound judgment. Our decisions should be Spirit-led, and they should not be a detriment to our physical or mental or emotional or spiritual wellbeing.

A Christian should live by faith pragmatically. We should know our limits and operate within the confines of our spiritual gifts. Our goal should always be to glorify God in all our actions. We have to lead with love and always think about the impact of our actions on others. Jesus wasn’t afraid of death and had the power to heal all manner of diseases, yet he resisted the Devil’s invitation to take the unnecessary risk of throwing himself down from the highest point of the temple (Matthew 4:6). 

When the Devil and his demonic hosts try their best to make us afraid, we have to remind them that God did not give us a spirit of fear. We cannot allow them to make us fearful of people that are different than us- people of different races or ethnicities. There should not be any fear in the Body of Christ. Brothers and sisters from all walks of life should be able to fellowship with one another. Fear should not exist in a Christian marriage. And fear should never prevent us from sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with people from different religions. Is the power of Jesus in your Christian walk? Or, are you too afraid to be an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ?

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for the power you gave to us through Christ Jesus to defeat all fear and live by faith.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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