January 26, 2005
The Landmine of Fear
Humans have legitimate reasons to live in fear - our world has many dangers. But although our environment is frightening, children of God are not to accept fear as a way of life. God's awesome promises allow us to live peacefully in our surroundings.
For our protection, God has instilled some natural fears in us, like an apprehension of snakes or deep water. Our instinctive concern teaches us to respect these things until we know how to survive an encounter with them. The Creator also gave us a warning system so we could react quickly to danger. For instance, if a car speeds toward us, an instantaneous reaction of alarm could save our lives.
In other words, some fears can protect us. However, a dread that is constant and all-consuming is dangerous. While we may feel afraid when we spot a snake, most of us do not worry much about having such encounters. But some people anguish over dangers that might occur - instead of entrusting loved ones to God, they anxiously imagine all the ways injury might occur.
As anxiety grows, uncertainty builds up until it hinders our relationship with God. Fears about the welfare of loved ones, financial well-being, or eternal security are all the result of doubt regarding God's provision. Then our attention is centered on our concerns instead of on the One who promises to hold us in His hand.
The Lord offers us strength because He understands how fear can torment us.
Don't allow worry to blind you to His promises. Remember: "My God shall supply all your needs" (Philippians 4:19).
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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