Fear is something that a lot of people struggle with. I know for me personally, I let fear control my life at times, and honestly let it keep me from doing things that I regret not trying. Fear can take control and leave us feeling hopeless. To give you an example of how I let fear run my life, I am going to tell you a story. I was a gymnast. Being a gymnast, you have to be fearless. You are throwing your body through the air, which it is not made to do, and trusting yourself to land every skill. Well, I was not fearless. For a while I was and I did very well in improving my skills. Then I fell, and I fell hard. One day while attempting to throw my body in the air, I stopped, mid flip, and my body fell to the hard ground. I landed on my face, and although I was not hurt, I was terrified that it would happen again. From then on out I hesitated every skill. And in gymnastics, hesitating is exceptionally dangerous. More dangerous than stopping mid flip. I became terrified to throw any skills and eventually quit.
Years later I got back into tumbling classes to make varsity cheer, and I was doing good again. I was fearless. I made varsity cheer and was training with a colligate cheer team to possibly become a college cheerleader at my university. Then guess what happened…I fell…again. Now, I should have learned by now that falling is just a part of gymnastics, just like it is a part of life. And once you fall, you get back up, dust it off, and try again. But I was not like that. I let fear control my life. And I stopped tumbling again, and lost the change to be a cheerleader for my university. Now, while I have found peace with not being able to cheer in college, I still hit myself at times for letting the reason I didn’t cheer be fear. 2 Timothy chapter 1 verse seven says, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and self discipline.” So of course I was mad at myself for letting fear control my decisions, I AM NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE AFRAID! I let Satan win.
The thing that we need to know about fear is that God has already conquered fear. He has already overcome what we are so afraid of. The way we can defeat fear, is by trusting that God has already won the battle, and we need not worry. A good story in the bible that represents how God wins over fear every single time is David and Goliath. I know this might seem like a crazy story to put with fear because the main characters are neither one fearful. But bear with me, I have a point. You see in this story the Israelites, God’s chosen people, are at war with the Philistines. On the front lines, in order to intimidate the Israelites, the Philistines put forth their best soldier Goliath. Goliath was a huge giant of a man. In first Samuel it is said that he was a champion that stood at nine feet tall. He had a bronze helmet, and wore a coat of bronze amor that weighed close to 80 pounds and his spear was heavy, with the head alone weighing over 15 pounds. This man was HUGE. Just his size was scary enough, and then he goes and challenges the Israelites and basically tells them to send their best soldier forward, and whoever looses will become the subjects of the winning side. This made every Israelite shake in their boots. They all trembled with fear. Did you see that? FEAR. Every single Israelite was afraid, and not a single one of the would come out and face the giant. They hid in their tents instead. Even the King hid away, and refused to even be on the front lines. Now the King sent David to see his brother on the front lines, and when David arrived he was amazed at how no one would stand up to this giant. David was a wee little man, just a young boy that had barely grown into his feet. You see David realized that this battle was not a human battle, but God’s battle. And seeing as the Israelites were God’s chosen people, David knew that they would win. So he offered to fight. He says in 1 Samuel 17:32 “Let know one lose heart, on account of this Philistine, Your servant will go and fight him.”
Upon hearing this, Saul said that David could not go. To the naked eye, it was clear who would win the fight, and for all those watching the odds were not in David’s favor. However, David argued and Saul caved and let him go up against the giant. In order to protect him, Saul placed his armor over David. David was not used to the armor, and refused to wear it because he could not move freely. So now we have this little dude, with no armor going up against a giant with a 15 pound spearhead. To top that off, David chooses his weapon…and it is a sling and a stone. He is really making us wanna root for him huh?
When David was on the front lines across from Goliath, he was taunted. Goliath would not stop shouting insults at how small and pathetic the Israelite’s champion was. But David says “you come against me with sword and spear, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” And with that he slang his stone and and the stone sank into the forehead of Goliath, causing him to fall face down, almost as if he was bowing down to the Lord. Kind of ironic isn’t it? Then David cuts off his head and shows the Israelites that the battle is won. David had no fear, because he knew God was on his side, and with God for us, nothing can stand against us.
So here is a question for you: The next time Satan throws fear your way, are you going to be like the Israelites cowering in the tent and let the giant win? Or are going to be like David, fearless, knowing that the battle is already one, you just need to trust in God? Personally, I believe life is better when you live without fear. Not to say I dont still become afraid or anxious at times, but when this happens I rebuke fear in the name of Jesus, and let it go. Fear does not control you. Fear is not within you. Fear will not win. Repeat this again. FEAR WILL NOT WIN. The next time you are afraid remember David. Don’t let your giant win. Instead, trust in the Lord and watch your giant fall.
Here is a prayer for you:
I pray that you take all my anxious thoughts and cast them out. Do not let me be afraid of something you have already overcome. Help me to remember that you did not give me a spirit of fear, and that if you are for me than what can stand against me. Free me of the bondage that is fear. Allow me to live, knowing that I have nothing to worry about. In Jesus name,