“In spite of how powerful a divine promise may be, if the issue of fear isn’t dealt with seriously and promptly, any claim of ever getting hold of such a promise will be a mere figment of the imagination, given that its fruition is solely defined by faith in it, and not the fear of our circumstances” – Prosper Anang
This is a great thought to start your day with. I have often heard people say things like “the opposite of fear is faith”. I used to agree with them, but I changed my mind when I started gaining a new perspective about that in the light of God’s Word.
My discovery showed me that from a purely biblical perspective, the opposite of fear is love. What this supposes is that, biblically, the cure for fear is love, and not faith.
There are two scriptural witnesses to this truth: first, Paul tells young Timothy that “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” [2 Timothy 1:7].
John further reveals that “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” [1 John 4:18].
What John is saying here is that the presence of love in a life implies the absence of fear. In other words, a life dominated by God’s love can’t be gripped by the spirit of fear, let alone express fear either in words or actions.
2 Timothy 1:7 and 1 John 4:18 are pointers that in the light of God’s immutable Word, the opposite of fear is love, and not faith. It’s either you’re walking in fear or you’re walking in love.
A clear interpretation of today’s thought shows that a life that’s dominated by fear won’t see the realization of God’s Word. The reason is because the presence of fear in a life is an indication that such a life isn’t dominated by God’s love.
How does this affect our faith?
You’ll find out that according to Galatians 5:6, faith can only work in an atmosphere of love. Though fear isn’t the opposite of faith, it has in it the capacity to deaden faith.
Looking at this from the other side, it takes a life that’s dominated by God’s love to serve as a convenient spiritual environment for the realization of God’s Word, because such a lifestyle of love is the fuel that’s needed for the efficacy of our faith to be brought out. God’s Word can only find fulfillment when it’s handled with faith.
The life of Isaac teaches us a lot of priceless truth in this regard. In Genesis 26:23-24 we’re told the following about Isaac: “23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba. 24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake”.
God’s appearance to Isaac was to strengthen his confidence, while assuring him of the certainty of the fulfillment of what He had promised his father Abraham. However, God had to put measures in place to deal with any possibility that would want to impede the actualization of what He had said. To do that, He carefully warned Isaac against the tendency of being fearful.
God knew what He was saying. He knew that in spite of how powerful His promises were, Isaac’s lifestyle of fear would shut every opportunity of their realization, given that the presence of fear meant the absence of love; and nothing succeeds without love.
Look at this again prayerfully: “In spite of how powerful a divine promise may be, if the issue of fear isn’t dealt with seriously and promptly, any claim of ever getting hold of such a promise will be a mere figment of the imagination, given that its fruition is defined by faith in it, and not the fear of our circumstances”.
My Final Thought on this
Your faith will still be extremely effective even in the midst of what you think you’re afraid of provided God’s love dominates your life – thoughts. It will just be a matter of time, and that fear will fizzle out.
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