Facing the Face of Fear

Facing the face of fearFear has many faces, and they are all ugly!

The United States was personally introduced to the face of fear, when terror came knocking on 9/11. News reports tell us how fearful we need to be. A barometer of colors measures fear for us. Our next generation is being raised in an incubator of fear. National leaders say that something really bad is going to happen soon. A tidal wave of wickedness is heading towards our nation. Yet no one can tell you when or where, only that it is very likely to happen very soon. With great irony, we are instructed to live normal lives, with “business as usual” optimism.

The face of fear is an intimidating stare. It will paralyze you. Fear is a powerful controlling influence that creates overwhelming anxieties and emotional imbalances.

Besides the global fear factors, many people are experiencing the pressure associated with personal fears. You fear your marriage will not survive the next traumatic event, you fear the loss of your business, your job, and your finances. You fear your appearance will never get you a spouse, you fear the real truth about your cheating and lying may become known, you fear the big business deal may go to your competitor. You fear being ridiculed by your family about making an important decision, you fear a life of isolation, you fear you are addicted, you fear the expectations of a dominating personality. You fear your children are involved with the wrong group, you fear the thought of failing again and you fear…

Faith, Not Fear

Most people spend a lifetime trying to escape the face of fear. I believe [tweetable via=”TommyBlumberg”]God wants to provide the strength to take us through our greatest fears.[/tweetable] The Christian faith is built on faith, not fear. Escapism is not an option to the believer.

In Psalm 27, King David experienced three reasons not to fear. “The Lord is my light, my salvation and my strength.”

David was able to face the face of fear. He said:

”Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; in the Lord I will be confident. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy upon me, and answer me. You have been my help; You did not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. Teach me Your way, and lead me in a smooth path. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.”

Victory Over Fear

Let the light from the words of Jesus, shine on your fears. Let the salvation from the blood of Jesus cleanse your heart of every secret sin. Let the strength from the resurrection of Jesus be your victory over every single fear.

May God’s grace help you [tweetable alt=”Face the face of fear and declare: The Lord is my light, my salvation and my strength; of whom shall I be afraid?” via=”TommyBlumberg”]face the face of fear and declare: The Lord is my light, my salvation and my strength; of whom shall I be afraid?[/tweetable]

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