For some time I have been encouraging a friend via cell and email who is being put through a long, intense campaign with fear as the primary weapon against him. Certainly I have shared scriptures with him to counter the fear, such grand passages as 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” are called upon to calm the inner storm.
Over the years I have become acquainted with fear, not a friend, but an acquaintance. As most of us understand, fear is the opposite of faith, courage and optimism, among other feelings. God gives 2 Tim 1:7 to us as His fear nullifier. But the verse has to be understood at the inner level that trusts God. David put it like this in Psalms 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” I often paraphrase the thought in 2Tim 1:7 with such words as Courage, being the opposite of fear. For instance, when fear creeps in, I trust God for Courage, for God puts courage into me. 2 Cor 1:4 “comfort” means to “put courage into.” Wow!
Edgar Wallace said, "Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." We counter with the greater truth, 1 John 4:4 .., “because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
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