Monday, July 21, 2014
WHERE DID FEAR COME FROM?
Have you ever wondered how "fear" entered the human heart? Fear is common to all men. It is like an octopus. There is fear of the dark, fear of heights, fear of man, fear of provision, and fear of rejection. Fear can be terrifying. If you have ever experienced a great emotional trauma as a child such as the death of a parent, living in time of war, or even a parental divorce, you probably have had fear. Fear can truly grip our hearts and rule or paralyze our emotions. Even as a Christian, fear will emotionally prevent us from receiving and believing that God really loves us.
Fear is an absence of God's presence. Fear came into man's heart as a result of the fall. Adam and Eve discovered that the light that clothed them was taken from them, and that they were left naked and afraid. They even tried to hide themselves with fig leaves! God had no alternative but to send them out of the Garden and away from His presence. Fear entered man's heart and built a strong wall of doubt, rejection, and unbelief. It emotionally separated man from His Creator. As a believer, we can be delivered from the grip of fear.
There is only one solution, that I know of, to be released from the deep root of suppressed fear. It is faith in the love of God. Jesus' death, burial and resurrection defeated Adam's sin. Fear was confronted with the power of the love of God.
I have been greatly encouraged with 1 John 4:18 that says,"There is no fear in love, but, perfect love casts out all fear. For fear has torment and whoever fears has not yet been perfected in love."
There are still so many areas that I am still being perfected in His love. Satan likes to challenge God's love, but he is a liar.
Romans 5:5 speaks the truth,"For the love of God has been shed abroad in my heart, by the Holy Spirit". Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God is love.