As a child, my favorite hymn was always “Awesome God”. Part of the song states, "our God is an awesome God. He reigns from Heaven above, with wisdom, power and love, our God is an awesome God." I find these simple lyrics a gentle and very powerful reminder that God is our King. He is ruler of all, and there isn't anything too big or too small that He doesn't already know about or know how to fix. It reminds me that God is sovereign and that I have nothing to fear. As Christians we need to be bold in our walk and remember that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” - 2 Timothy 1:7. Are you and I exhibiting these attributes in our daily walks? Do we let the challenges of worldly desires develop patterns and acceptance of fear in our lives?
What is fear and why is it so detrimental to our walk? Fear is defined as: a distressing behavior aroused by pending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined. When the Philistines were wiping out Israelite men and the country of Israel was at stake, David didn't respond trembling and paralyzed; he picked up a few stones and walked through the trial with his head held high, confident in God!
This is the point I intend to make, our back up; in the fields of fiery darts and in the every day struggles of battling principalities and powers... is God. All powerful, all knowing, a roaring lion, the King of the fight! Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Genesis 15:1 also says, "after these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision saying "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” I love the fact that God reassures us that He is our great defender, our shield. God expresses here multiple times, that His people are not to fear.
The Lord just recently showed me a great verse, which reminded me that the rewards of the Lord are that of the spirit and not of the flesh. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6. Our fight is with faith, not in the things we can see that overwhelm and cause panic or in the judgement of men which causes worry and unsettling. In order to be in the spirit, fear can not be an option. God must be always our confidence and our strength and only then will we be able to walk in the spirit, defeating the temptations and trials of the day in Christ.