29 FearPosted: August 5, 2012
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (I John 4:18) I used to be afraid of this verse! I knew I was afraid, and I wasn’t supposed to be afraid! I failed miserably as a Christian because I had so much fear in my life. I was not “perfect in love.” Notice the bind into which I put myself.
We hold ourselves to impossibly high standards in our self-idealism. This leads to fear. Curiously, we developed our standards and rules in response to a fear we felt towards others who had the power to hurt us. Therefore, we seek to control the world around us and lessen the risk in our lives. Ironically, we crave adventure but do not want to take the risks to get it.
As I said last time, after a crash, we vacillate between anger towards God and doubting Him. If we don’t own our anger towards God, it can turn to fear, and we wonder if He exists or cares.
We know the Lord’s admonition “do not be afraid” (I John 4:18; John 14:1 & 27). Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” As we read this, however, we feel condemned rather than encouraged. We don’t want to feel afraid. How, then, can we be free of fear?
Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7 (emphasis added)
We have heard about laying our fears at the foot of the cross. Sometimes we feel much more energy behind our fears than “laying them at the foot of the cross” entails. Rather, imagine holding something like a baseball and whipping it at the cross. This sounds shocking. Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. (Revelation 17:14 &19:16) He created all things, and He redeemed us. (Isaiah 54:5, 44:24, Colossians 1:21-23) He is to be worshiped and adored forever and ever, amen! (Revelation 4:8-11) Yet, we may need to whip our fear at Him on that cross! It may sound crazy,but what is crazier is to hold on to our fears! All of our ideas find their fruition, resolution and/or death, as the case may be, in Jesus. (Romans 6:2-4, John 14:6) So, whip your fear at Jesus. “Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.” He knows all of our fears and He knows all about our fears. He has borne them already on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:20). He has already taken them, so give them to Him. Really, give them to Him!
Imagine Jesus sitting in the seat of a “dunk tank”. Throw the ball of your fear at the target so that Jesus goes under. He already has (Isaiah 53:4-6).
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PS Hold loosely (blog #4) to what I say here (as well as other blogs) and don’t make it into a rule.