A student was asked why she failed. She answered, “I failed because I was afraid.” Somebody once defined fear using the acronym FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Fear is the feeling you get when you think something bad is going to happen to you. It brings tension, anxiety, and even torment. It can make you unable to articulate what you already know. It can paralyze you, because you already expect the worst to happen. It causes you to be against yourself when nobody is against you.
The Bible helps us to understand that fear is a spirit of bondage and that it is not from God: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15 KJV). “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). Elsewhere, the Bible says, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1 KJV). We do not have the spirit of fear and bondage but of boldness and liberty.
Fear is an evil spirit. It is an enemy to your destiny, because it can make you perform far below your capacity. It takes away your confidence, composure, and courage and turns you into a coward.
The general overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. A. Adeboye, said in one of his sermon, “You can overcome fear by doing what fear asks you not to do.” Now, that is called courage. Disobeying the voice of fear! You can also overcome fear with the Word of God. Faith is the opposite of fear, and faith comes by hearing the Word of God, but when you focus too much on your challenges and your past failures, fear takes root in your heart and rules over your life. It can be seen even in the words you speak, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”(Matthew 12:34 KJV) But when you mediate on the Word of God and the possibilities that God can bring your way, even in the midst of the challenges, confidence and hope will take root in your heart.
Scriptures like “I can do all things” and “I know the thoughts that I think toward you are thoughts of good and not of evil”. “You are the head and not the tail”. “And this is the confidence that we have that he that has started a new thing in your life will bring it till the day of Jesus Christ.” And, above all, “all things work together for your good.” You hear that? “All things” not “some things,” not “pleasant things” but all things, for not all good things are pleasurable.
The Bible says that those “who live only for pleasure are spiritually dead” (1Timothy 5:6 TNLT). Fasting is not pleasurable, but it is very profitable to us spiritually, physically, and mentally. Studying is not pleasurable either, but it develops the mind. Fear is capable of truncating your destiny by making you fail even when you are good enough to pass. Therefore, confront it with the Word of God.
The Perfect Scholar by Jimoh Braimoh (Jr)
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