“We will not fear though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
“Do not fear…” (Matthew 10:28, 31, Luke 12:32), Jesus was constantly cautioning His disciples.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV), Paul admonished Timothy.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear… he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18), is the affirmation from John.
These are only a sample of the countless times throughout history when God has said to His children, “Do not fear!”
Terrorism is advancing across the world – senseless killings of innocent people – on buses, at bus stops, in shopping malls, church buildings and theaters. What is God’s counsel? “Do not fear!”
A picture that is indelibly etched across the screen of my mind is the beheading of those 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians a few months back. Why? Because of the peace that was written across their faces as they were about to be murdered for their faith in Jesus. If they can do this, so can I. I have the same Spirit of Jesus residing in me!
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4), we have recited for years. We overcome the enemy “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of [our] testimony,” and by not loving “[our] lives so as to shrink from death” (Revelation 12:11), we quote.
It’s time to bring reality into our confessions.
We will not fear! We are those of whom Daniel prophesied: “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars for ever and ever” (12:3).
As the darkness increases, the light becomes more brilliant.
We will not fear!