April 2020 Word of the Month

April 2020

When Fear Comes!

In Psalm 56:3-4, the Psalmist said, as he was talking to the Lord, “What time 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 what flesh can do unto me.”

What David is saying here in these verses is, “When fear comes or when I am afraid, I will put my trust in Your Lord. In God, Whose Word I praise, I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.” The Bible is realistic, leaving room for some tension between fear and trust! David didn’t say he would never be afraid, but He said, “When I am afraid, I will not yield to the fear. I will not focus on the fear nor will I let fear dominate my thinking, but rather, I will turn away from that fear. I will look to the Lord, and I will put my trust in Him.”

Like David, we are to put our trust in God and honor His Word. It’s an expression of God’s will and attitude toward us. Circumstances might seem to suggest that God is far away, or that our situation is not under His control. But when we put our trust in God’s Word, we choose not to believe the lies of Satan, nor do we allow fear to get a grip on us and control us.

In Second Timothy 1:7, the Apostle Paul states it very apropos as he says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Fear is a spirit, which is not from God. Fear is a sign of 1 of 2 things. It is either a sign of a lack of love in a person’s life or it is a sign that you are not where you need to be with the Lord. I know that sounds pretty straight forward, but that’s the truth of God’s Word.

As the Apostle John writes his letter in First John 4:18-21, he addresses both the areas of fear and love, but if we examine what he is saying carefully, he gives the remedy or the cure for fear. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because he first loved us. If a man says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loves God love his brother also.”

John tells us that perfected or matured love casts out all fear. The man or woman who walk and operates in fear, evidently is not walking in the God-Kind of love. This is applicable whether it’s concerning the COVID-19/Coronavirus, or any other situation in your life. Fear is the exact opposite of faith. Fear is acting on what the devil says, while faith is acting on what God says!

In Luke 21:25-26, Jesus gives some very interesting information. “And there shall be signs in the Sun, and in the Moon, and in the Stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.”

In the last days men’s hearts or spirits will fail them for fear! When fear comes, the remedy is not to say, “I’m afraid,” but rather, “I refuse to fear, because I have put my trust in the Lord.” “I will put my trust in Him and in His Word, which never changes.” “Because I trust in God and His Word, fear cannot take hold of me.” Are you facing a situation right now that is trying to bring fear into your heart? Then say, “I refuse to fear, because I have put my trust in the Lord.” “I will put my trust in Him and in His Word, which never changes.” “Because I trust in God and His Word, fear cannot take hold of me. I won’t yield to fear, I won’t focus on fear, I will turn to God and His Word.” I have listed some Scriptures below I believe will be a blessing to you. Meditate on them and let the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your heart and your mind!

Exodus 23:25

25 And you shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

1 Peter 2:24

24 Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed.

Joshua 1:5

5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you. (FEAR NOT!)

As always, I want to encourage you to stay in faith, stay in prayer, stay in the Word; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”

In the Service of Our King,

Darrell G. Harrelson