The Question: How do you combat fear?

1 Samuel 3:17-18

17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” 

18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”

The Every Man’s Bible – Study Notes, pg. 362

“Samuel’s honesty is obvious as he tells everything. He even told Eli the devastating truth about the priest’s own family and the suffering he would endure. He confronted Eli with his failure, stating clearly the truth God had given him. Such forthrightness must be part and parcel of any spiritual growth plan. As we discover the truth about ourselves and others through knowledge of God’s word, we will need to speak that truth to others, confronting them in love for their encouragement and spiritual growth. This will never be easy, but it is an important part of any loving relationship.”

2 Samuel 3: 17-18

17 Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king. 

18 Now do it! For the Lord promised David, ‘By my servant David I will rescue my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.’ ”

The Every Man’s Bible – Study Notes, pg. 404

“Abner displayed the courage to take an unpopular stand and make an important change in his life. He advised the elders of the northern tribes to take the necessary steps to make David their king. Good intentions are worthless until they are translated into actions, and Abner understood this. Spiritual renewal involves not only wanting change but taking active steps to pursue it. Abner’s exhortation, ‘Now do it!’ (2 Samuel 3:18) is a clarion [war trumpet] call to all who want to progress spiritually.”

The Answer: Speak the truth and take action!

Fear comes to prevent us from being forthright with ourselves and others in the sharing of God’s word and in the execution of God’s will.

However, if we want to grow, if we want to carry out God’s will in all areas of our day to day lives, we have to be straightforward and honest in speaking the truth and consistent in taking action associated with the truth.

Joshua 1:9

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

Summary

God has called each one of us to say and do some amazing things! However, just because he’s called us, doesn’t mean the road will be easy.

Fear, as well as many other obstacles will try to prevent us from being used to grow God’s Kingdom.

However, if we remember to be truthful to ourselves and others [remember The Word and share The Word] and act on that truth [live The Word and do God’s will] despite how we feel, we will be blessed greatly!

Remember, feelings [fear included] are indicators, that let us know that we need to take action, however they don’t have the authority to tell us what actions to take [or not to take].

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Hampton E Conway III
Hampton E Conway III
November 3, 2020 8:48 am

Well said. Fear is definitely something I struggle with on occasionally and I have to constantly practice changing my mindset and reminding myself that God hasn’t given me a Spirit of fear….