Overcoming fear with peace

peace vs fear

Jesus Praying in the Garden / by Gustav Doré

Fear is one of Satan’s weapons to keep Christians from living in the freedom that Christ purchased for us. Fear keeps the lonely from reaching out to other people. Fear keeps us all from leaving our comfort zones to reach out for any goals at all.

We naturally experience fear when we experience adversity, obstacles, or failure. We shouldn’t give into it just because it’s natural. We have supernatural advantages, just as Jesus did in the Garden.

The fear of God is supernatural. If we fear God (have holy reverence for him, and fear his grief more than his wrath), he gives us his peace. As a beloved hymn puts it, “”Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.”

It is evident from Scripture what God wants:

  • For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline .(2 Tim. 1:7, NIV);
  • For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father”. (Rom. 8:15, NIV.

How many of us live according to the spirit God gave us? Did you know it requires a fight? Did you know we are involved in spiritual warfare against Satan and all his power? Did you know we have been promised victory?

Once, we were each rebels against God and slaves to sin and Satan. God was our enemy, and yet he sent Jesus Christ to die for us. Once we laid down our arms and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, we were at peace with God and he became our friend. But Satan won’t give us up without a fight. He can’t fight God, so he fights us.

Take these scriptures about peace to heart. When Satan attacks with fear, assert your peace with God and fight back.

  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
  • I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
  • Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)
  • The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Rom. 16:20)

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