DAY 29: “Fear Not!”

“Let’s throw off all fear this Christmas and glorify and praise God for all we have seen and heard just like the shepherds did!”

A few weeks ago, after church we decided to go to a little diner for brunch. It’s small, but quaint, and has a lot of old stuff everywhere. As you wait for your table you can look around the room and see vintage signs, pictures, and other random things that remind you of times past. When it was time for our table, they sat us in the back corner by the kid’s area. I noticed a little play kitchen, some books, and other toys. Then my eyes moved up toward the ceiling and I saw a shelf with all kinds of old dolls. Oh, how sweet, I thought… then suddenly my eyes saw it! No, not in the kid’s section! Yet, it was directly facing me! I had locked eyes with a creepy clown doll! “Ewwww,” I said out loud! I must have said it louder than I thought because the entire table immediately turned their heads to see what I was seeing.  My daughter Megan saw it next and joined in with the ewwwws!  It was an instant reaction of a cringe, shaking of the head, and a “No… why? I hate clowns, they’re sooo creepy!”  Pretty much everyone at the table then chimed in with stories of what freaks them out too. Phobias are irrational fears of an object, situation, or living thing.  (I guess that would be the creepy clown for me…) Fear can bring unpleasant emotions, a feeling of anxiety, dread, or apprehension.  Now, I’m not afraid of snakes, spiders, bugs, or anything else, but if I see or hear a mouse… bye, bye — I’m up on a chair and calling out for someone to do something… and fast!

If you google “Top 10 things people are afraid of,” you get the most bizarre list. To add some humor to the day, here are four of them:

  1. Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. (I am laughing because I just finished a PB & J. Not afraid!)
  2. Ephebiphobia: Fear of adolescents. (I think someone who had teenagers made this up!)
  3. Omphalophobia: Fear of belly buttons. (What? I’m pretty sure we all have one!)
  4. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedialiop: Fear of long words. (I can’t even pronounce this lol!)

 

Fear is spoken of over 501 times in the KJV and 457 in the NKJ versions of the Bible. I guess God wants us to learn something about that! The words “Fear Not,” “Fear,” “Fears,” “Feareth,” “Fearing,” “Fear of God,” “the Fear of the Lord,” “Fearful,” “Feared,” “Fearfully,” “Fearfulness,” “Fearless,” and “Fearlessness,” appear first in Genesis 9:1-2-Revelation 19:5.

Genesis 9:1-2: God is talking to Noah and his sons. He said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.”  (there goes my mice phobia)

Revelation 19:5: “And then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’” We are to fear (reverence, awe) God for who He is and what He has done for us. Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear wants to manipulate and control, whereas faith relinquishes the control to God. So often, we let thoughts and emotions take us hostage. We end up living in fear instead of faith. That weakens our relationship with God and with others.

I love this definition of fear: “Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.”  Is there false evidence in your life that is appearing real to you? Are you living in fear or in faith? Are you being swayed by your emotions instead of walking in the truth of God’s Word?  If that is you this Christmas, declare these scriptures over yourself. Put your name and your families’ names in there. Make it personal! Watch fear turn to faith! As you speak God’s Word over your life, your spirit will rise, and you will move toward victory. God’s Word is life and health to those who hear and receive it! May these verses strengthen and encourage you this Christmas. Jesus will never leave you or forsake you no matter what you are going through. Be greatly encouraged. Remember, Immanuel, God is with us!

1 John 5:4: “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Psalm 56:3: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”

John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, of love, and a sound mind.”

1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.”

Psalm 94:19: “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”

Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its’ own.”

Isaiah 35:4: “Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.’”

Psalm 27:1: “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 118:6-7: “The Lord is with me: I will not be afraid, what can man do to me? The Lord is with me, he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. “

Proverbs 29:25: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

Psalm 34:7: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”

Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Mark 5:36: “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”

Luke 2:8-11: “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”

Jesus is the Good News! He is our Peace, our Joy, our Comfort, and our Strength. Let’s throw off all fear this Christmas and glorify and praise God for all we have seen and heard just like the shepherds did!

 Shalom,

Mama Swan