I've spent the vast majority of my life—29 years—scared. In fact, I was scared to launch this blog and publish my first post, "Misery Loves Company." I can remember it like yesterday. I was sitting on my bed with my laptop open in my pajamas watching Netflix. Just amazed at the fact that I had a month worth of posts. I couldn't find the courage to publish my first post. I hovered the mouse hand over the publish button.
I yelled Rodney, "Should I click publish?"
My fiance response was, "Yes, what are you waiting for?"
This scripture signifies the fact that God has not given us the spirit of terror but of power, to work miracles, to confound enemies, to support us in trials, and enable us to do that which is lawful and right in his sight. And of love, which enables us to hear, believe, hope, and endure all things which are the incentives to all obedience. But a sound mind implies that we have a clear understanding, a sound judgment, a rectified will, holy passions, and heavenly tempers.
Yet, I was living my life opposite of what God wants for us. After reading the bible and studying FEAR, I soon realized that the only FEAR we as Christians should have in our hearts is the FEAR of the Lord. This type of fear does not necessarily mean that we need to be afraid of God. It simply means that we acknowledge all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes.
I soon learned that the Fear of the Lord brings many blessings and benefits. It is the beginning of wisdom and leads to good understanding (Psalm 111:10). Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7). Furthermore, when the spirit of fear tries to overtake us, we have to trust in and love God completely.
Once we have learned to put our trust in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us. We will be like the psalmist who said with confidence “…let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11).