Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deut. 31:6).
What’s the most common command in the Bible, appearing in one form or another, more than 300 times? “Don’t Be Afraid.”
Why should not be afraid? Because, as God told Joshua in Deuteronomy, if we are a follower of Christ, God is with us. In fact, one of Jesus’ titles is “Immanuel,” meaning “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14).
What or who we often fear the most? People. But God’s Word says we should fear God, not people.
(Proverbs 29:25) says, Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trust in the LORD is keep safe.
Here are some different kinds of fear, and how God’s words help us combat them:
People can insult us.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. (Matthew 5:11). Jesus says that we are BLESSED when people insult us for His Sake. Why? Because it means we are following in a way that people notice, and that some will react against.
People can harm us.
In Acts 5, the Apostoles were put on trial for preaching the Gospel. They were sort of acquired, but then they were beating. Then, The Apostoles left the Sanedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. (Acts 5:41). And what did they do afterward? Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
People can kill us.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but, cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body. In hell. (Matthew 10:28). These words of Jesus were not just theoretical; most of His disciples wound up being martyred.
Even today, in rare cases, people can be killed because of their Christian faith. But in light of eternity, as long as we are headed for heaven, even losing our life is not that bad. And dying for Christ’s sake is a high honor.
In Mathew 28:18-20, when Jesus commanded the disciples to take His message to the end of the world, He reassured them (and us today) by saying, “And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Fear of displeasing people.
(Galatians 1:10) says Am I now trying to win the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
The bottom line is, when we are fearing people, it’s because we are insecure about ourselves. Strangely enough, insecurity about ourselves stems from pride — being preoccupied with others think about us.
And yet, our issues usually go unnoticed because most people are too busy thinking about themselves. It’s like a teenager who thinks everyone is staring at a flaw on his face, when most people don’t even notice or care about the flaw.
When we truly have confidence in our right standing before the Lord, we much thought to what people think about us. Passages like this will describe us:
So, we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper’ I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)
And finally, pray always for our Brothers and sisters in Christ, and ask them to pray that the Holly Spirit would make it true in your life as well: “the righteous are as bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1b)
Pray with me: Father, thank you that you are always with me. Thank you, Jesus, that you are Immanuel, God with me. Help me to live in the confidence that comes from knowing that you will never leave me or forsake me. In Jesus name, AMEN.