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 37       Your Life                    What are you afraid of?

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid. - Psalm 27:1

I love the verse above.  It contains the answer to everything that the world has thrown at me to fear.  Before I talk about those things, you must realize what fear does to a person.  Fear is paralyzing.  Just like a “deer in the headlights,” we lose all mobility and ability to think when fear strikes us.  Being afraid changes our personality.  We can become overly concerned and worried because of fear to the point of not being aware of what is going on around us with those we love.  Being afraid is basically letting our mind start to envision the “what ifs” and the “perceptions of what might be.”

For example, a basic fear for a whole lot of people is when someone else is driving a vehicle while they are the passenger.  Our mind begins to go through the dangers of how fast they are driving or how close they follow the car in front of them or how they keep looking at you and not the road.  You want to scream, “Keep your eyes on the road!”  Talk about a fear of what might happen!  We breathe a silent prayer when we safely arrive at our destination.  As a matter of fact, every fear that we face originates with what goes on in this world:  fear for the future of America, fear for our children and grandchildren, fear of a job loss, fear of the loss of a loved one.  So, fear is a worldly thing!  It is not a spiritual thing!  I know many of you reading this will disagree with me.  But, remember another verse from God’s Word that basically says that where there is perfect love (God), there is no fear.  (Philippians 2:12)

Now, reread the verse above.  The “light” that reveals the truth about everything was created by God.  He is the author and originator of light that penetrates any and every darkness (or fear) for you to be able to see the truth.  For example, when you experience a fear for America, the spiritual light from God reveals the truth that all of the nations of the earth and their governments are determined and set in place by God (read Romans 13).  You can either believe that people have the ultimate authority or that God is in control.  You get to decide.  If you choose to believe authority resides in people, you will constantly be in fear (just like when someone else is driving the vehicle you are riding in).  With every fear you experience, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth through the revealing light of God about the circumstances of that fear.  You will find that you have been putting your trust in people and not God.

The verse also says that the LORD is your salvation.  The light that reveals our salvation reveals the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  When you believe that you have something to do with your salvation, you are subject to how you “feel” or how you “don’t feel” saved.  It is God who provides your salvation.  With God’s light and with His salvation why should you be afraid?

The last part of the verse is HUGE for every Believer.  To live the life of a Believer in this world, you must trust God just like you trust Him for your salvation.  He must be your “stronghold.”  A “stronghold” is a fortress used for safety, security, refuge, and survival.  It is interesting that everyone develops “strongholds” in their life to protect their attitudes and feelings.  This is done over time one brick at a time.

If God is not your stronghold, then you will develop ways of insulating yourself from others because you don’t want to get hurt again.  For example, a negative stronghold is avoidance of people, places, or events that have caused us pain.  The problem with this kind of stronghold is that it implants fear in our lives to the point of enslaving us to certain personal behaviors.  We cannot be a person who is loving God and serving others.  Don’t get me wrong.  As Believers, we can truly love God and others, but when our “self” is endangered, we revert back to our personal worldly strongholds.  Again, you either trust your “self” or you put your trust in God.

Everyone, including Believers, will experience fear in their lives.  When fear first hits us, as Believers, we need to ask ourselves the question, “Will I trust people (including yourself) or will I trust God?”  This is the decision that all of us have to make almost every day of our lives.  The more fear you experience is an indicator that you are probably trusting people more than God.  The more you answer, “I will trust God!” the more God becomes a stronghold for your life.

When God is your stronghold, your life will be one of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)   And then you will experience the “peace that cannot be understood.”  Your life will be a testimony to God’s glory.