The Antidote for Fearfulness
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear . —Psalm 56:3-4, emphasis added
We live in a world that is possessed by fear. The “spirit of fear” is all around us—even in unexpected places. For example, once I was standing in line next to someone and was about to give my order when the clerk looked me right in the eye and said, “I know what you want.” She then proceeded to tell me what I wanted to order. I asked her, “How did you know that?” She replied, “I am a psychic.” “If that is really true,” I told her, “I am sorry for you. You are going to have a bad ending.”
That clerk didn’t understand where I was coming from, so I continued, “The psychic realm is from the devil, and if that is who you are associated with, God says you are going to have a very bad ending.” As she was confronted with the Word of God, her eyes widened and got hard as she exclaimed, “You are wrong!” A pastor from that town, in line behind me, whispered in my ear, “Don’t you know that woman is a practicing witch?” And I said, “Well, I found out, didn’t I?”
We live in a world filled with darkness. Therefore, God repeatedly tells us: “Fear not!” We are to live in constant touch with the God of heaven so that no matter what happens we can walk in boldness. I therefore challenge you, from the Word of the living God, to live what I call “the Word-filled life.” This is what Paul described in Ephesians 5 as a Spirit-filled life, and in Colossians 3:16 he said to Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.
God offers His presence and influence to permeate each of us, for that is what the Word-filled life is all about. It means letting God take total control of us, much like that psychic has let the devil control her. To use biblical words, in a positive supernatural sense, God wants to utterly possess our reins, the very center of our feelings and passions. This applies even in fearful times, for that is when we should be most confident that we know Him. The Word-filled life is an anchor during those distracting times when the whole world seems to be falling apart around us.
Joshua is a wonderful example of how to conquer fear by living the Word-filled life. In Joshua 1:1-3, God himself commissioned Joshua to be the head of His army on earth—
Because it is natural to be afraid when facing what Joshua was facing, God reminded him: “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may do all the law which Moses My servant commanded you that you may prosper wherever you go” (Joshua 1:6-7, emphasis added).
God not only commanded Joshua to not fear, but He also told him what to do to be successful: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and have good success” (Joshua 1:8, emphasis added).
In light of the fact that Joshua was a soldier, how could God command him to meditate on the Scriptures day and night? Was he supposed to carry a scroll along with his sword and shield? Can you imagine trying to lug one of those things around while trying to fight at the same time? No, God intended that Joshua meditate on His Word. The Lord expected him to absorb His words into his mind, into his heart, and be saying or thinking upon them constantly. In other words, he was commanded to be involved in Scripture memory and meditation. Why was that so important?
Meditation is the key to success. Whether it is business, the arts, homemaking, relationships, a military campaign, or whatever, meditation is God’s prescription for success in any endeavor. If you want to succeed, you need not pay for a seminar to inspire you—just learn to meditate faithfully on the Scriptures. You will always succeed if God is with you and your mind and heart are filled with His Word.
Living a Word-filled life will conquer any fears you might have. Meditating on God’s precious Word will provide the needed assurance that Jesus is with you always, even to the very end of life!
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