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.’
There are many moments in each day when cancer seems to invade my thoughts. I don’t want this to happen and I actively practice being aware of my thought patterns. I try to focus on what is good and pure, as instructed in Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Still, there are times when fear tries to sneak in and I find myself worried about Judy or the church or any number of things that I have no control over. When this happens I am blessed to have a reservoir of God’s Word that comes flooding in to my spirit and drives the fear away!
This morning I had such a moment and I immediately heard in my spirit, FEAR NOT! My moment of fear and anxiety was short lived as I remembered “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
The Bible is full of sound teachings about fear and to a Christian with cancer or any other challenge it should be a great source of comfort! This morning I thought it profitable to take a few minutes to refresh my memory about God’s instructions concerning fear. I hope you will find the same peace from His Word that I have.
Webster’s dictionary says that fear is “to…expect with alarm.” Now, as Christians, we are supposed to have a sense of expectancy, but a person who is experiencing fear lays in wait for what seems to be an unavoidable catastrophe. I have a strange feeling that this is not the kind of expectancy God had in mind.
One of my favorite definitions of fear is that it is:
Satan places a lot of False Evidence before us. We know that he seeks to steal, destroy and kill and one of his most effective methods is to cause fear in the hearts of God’s children. We have a choice, we can let the enemy have his way or we can turn to God as our defense against the attacks. Which will you chose?
Fear Can Steal Your Miracle!
Fear has the power to steal the miracles that God wants to do in you, and through you. An excellent example of this is what happened to Peter in Matthew 14. He was on the edge of greatness, but his fear stole his miracle.
About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them,
walking on the water… Then Peter called to Him,
“Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat
and walked on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw the strong wind and the waves,
he was terrified and began to sink…
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.
“You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt Me?”
– Matthew 14:25,28-31 NLT
Peter saw his circumstances – The waves were crashing -The wind was blowing. Suddenly, he began to fear. Men can’t really walk on water. I’m losing my footing? This is too hard!
Here is the key to understanding fear: When we take our eyes off of God and focus on our circumstances, we immediately step from Grace into fear!
I have found the best way to keep my eyes on God is to keep my eyes on His Word. This morning I found Him in these following Scriptures. I hope and pray that you will also find Him here.
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” Psalm 34:4
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Phil 4:6-7
“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” Heb. 13:6
Let me close this post with some general, common sense suggestions for those weighed down with fear, anxiety or worry…
- SIN IN YOUR LIFE – Sometimes fear and anxiety are the result of one’s own sin and guilt. If you have committed a sin or done anything evil, your fear and anxiety is probably God and your own conscience trying to get your attention. You need to repent, confess your sin, seek God’s forgiveness, and set it right.
- SLEEP – Humans generally need 8 or 9 hours of sleep per day. Sleep deprivation can increase anxiety. Get enough rest. If you cannot sleep, you may need to seek God’s help and perhaps that of a physician.
- BE MORE REALISTIC – Many people are worried and anxious about events that will never actually happen to them. Relax. Focus on today. Take life one day at a time.
- LISTEN to relaxing, soothing music. There is some great Christian music available that can help you focus on God and leave your fears and worries behind. It may also help to listen to good Christian speakers and teachers. A great source for both is found on your local K-Love radio station.
- FUN – If at all possible, do something that you enjoy. It is good to get some recreation on a regular basis. Take a break. Get your mind off your fears and worries, and have some fun.
- TALK to someone. Don’t hold all the anxiety inside. It can be a big relief to share your fears and worries with someone else — a friend, relative, pastor or counselor. If fear and anxiety is an ongoing problem in your life, schedule a regular time each week to talk with someone.
- TAKE ACTION – If there is something practical and wise that you can do to alleviate the problem or avoid needless danger, take action. Don’t put it off. Procrastination will generally raise your anxiety level.
- EXERCISE – Medical studies show that exercise can help lower anxiety. If you are healthy enough to exercise, try it. Regular brisk walks, running, swimming or other exercises can be a real stress reducer. Just do a little more than you are currently doing!
2 Thess 2:16-17 “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work”