LIE: Fear motivates action. TRUTH: Fear paralyzes. Ask me how I know! Even as I write this, I am experiencing the paralysis. You see, my hearing aids quit working. I have found myself avoiding church, social gatherings, volunteer work, job interviews, even friendly chats with neighbors. Why? Because I fear the embarrassment and shame of not hearing. I am thankful that I am able to recognize this as fear and work through it. Once upon a time, I would have given in to it all the way.
Way back when I signed up to go through “Father’s Heart” for the first time, I thought I feared it. I didn’t want to fear it…. but I flat did not want to do it, even though I knew it was important and necessary. I realized that I can “not want to do something” and it doesn’t necessarily mean I fear it.
I believe that’s what was going on with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was crucified. Every fiber of His flesh didn’t want to go through with it (Matthew 26:38-43). He was in such agony that his sweat fell like drops of blood to the ground (Luke 22:44)! I don’t doubt that Satan pressed fear in on Jesus that night with everything he had, but Jesus crushed Satan’s head in the end. He conquered fear for us.
No, I am not free of fear yet. It is a process … a journey, but I’m recognizing fear more and more. In fact, it seems to be coming from outside of me now instead of from my gut. I go directly to “love” whenever fear rears its ugly head because “perfect” love and fear can’t co-exist (1 John 4:18). The more we fear, the less we love … AND the more we love, the less we fear! I can do that!
I’ve seen how Satan uses fear to paralyze us in our growth and in the development of relationships with God and others. Jesus tells us LOVE is the most important commandment of all ( Mark 12:29-31 ), so it stands to reason that it would be the main one Satan wants us to mess up. His ammunition is fear. It behooves us to remember this and that Jesus has already won this battle for us. That is why He can say to us, “FEAR NOT!”