Fear and the Enemy Within
8 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 2018
This essay is devoted to a short exposition on fear. It derives its inspiration from biblical stories. The reason is that often time when God commissioned a servant, the question of fear came up. In fact, the greater the mission, the more likely God addressed the problem caused by fear, or at least warned against it. To state a simple fact about humans, most of us fear at some point. No one is a stranger to fear. The great thing about fear is that it can help or hobble us. Fear is a God-given emotion that, when rightly operating, helps us, warning us of potential danger. But, like all emotive responses, when it gains mastery over us, when it rules without the influence of reason or wisdom, fear can quench hope and hobble faith. It should be no surprise then that over and over, God tells those he has called to his service to "Fear not." This text will begin by looking at a story that is reported in 2 Chronicles in the 20th chapter. A close scrutiny will illustrate why fear is a double-edged sword. What is important is not the presence of fear but how one responds to fear. The command, "Do not fear" "occurs 365 times in the Bible, one for every day of the year." Another commentator observed that, God specifically told His finest, "Do not be afraid!" A brief look at the Old and New Testament personalities will suffice to show how God dealt with his prophets and disciples.
Keywords: Christianity, the Fall of Man, 2 Chronicles, Redemption, Gospel, Hebrew-Christian framework, Evil, Sin, Grace, Jesus Christ
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