by Pastor Felizardo Abanto
Fear begins when we stray from God. When we fail Him, fear comes into our lives, and this kind of mistake spoils our relationship with God. We see a striking example of fear when Adam and Eve hid themselves from God because of sin, seen in Genesis 3:8-10:
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Fear starts to limit our abilities, as we can vividly see in Proverbs 29:25:
The fear of man bringeth a snare:
but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Fear will cause you to miss out on opportunities, to be negative and to think that everything is impossible. The solution is to begin to trust God again.
How can we restore the presence of God in our life? First of all, we must receive Jesus into our hearts—in other words, we must be saved. Now, if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you are already saved and cannot lose it again. (Romans 8) Second, you must accept and believe the fact that Jesus is with you:
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:5-6, KJV)
Only the presence of God will remove every fear. His presence brings us strength, value and faith, and takes away every negative thought.
I encourage you not to let negative thinking dominate your life. Remember that you are now in Jesus, and because of that He will go before you and no evil will come to you. Just keep in mind always: Jesus is in you and He will remain in you.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, KJV).