I find it amazing that countless times in the Bible, God tells us not to fear and to trust Him. The question is, why will God tell us to trust Him and not fear when realistically we have every single reason to be afraid?

God says we should trust Him, because He knows that in our strength we can never oppose the various problems and fears we encounter in a day. Many times in the Bible we are told to fear not. We are assured that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4), we are assured in the scripture in 2 Kings 6:16-17 that those for us are more than those against us.

16 Elisha answered, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “Lord, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servants eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.

2 Kings 6:16-17 (AMP)

God is for us

This shows that besides the fact that God Himself dwells in us (2 Corinthians 13:5, Joel 2:28), confirming our sonship and access to all our heavenly resources as heirs (Ephesians 2:6), we all have a host of angels that confirm Psalm 91.

Let’s break this down:

  • He Himself is our refuge and strong tower (Proverbs 18:10 ),
  • Under His shadow we are protected (Psalm 91:1),
  • He is our rock (2 Samuel 22:2),
  • He dwells with us (1 Kings 6:13 , Exodus 29:45),
  • He has given us authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and assured us that nothing shall by any means harm us (Luke 10:19),
  • He makes us know that through His sacrifice for us we have legal access and a seat next to Him far above principalities and powers and all the power of the enemy (Ephesians 1:20-23, 2:6).
  • He assures us that no weapon formed or fashioned against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). And so much more.

So question is: what are we afraid of and why are we usually afraid? What causes the evil one who is totally defeated (See Colossians 2:15) and who we have power over to make us afraid of him? The answer lies in Galatians 5:16-25

16 But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the [a]sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. 17 For the sinful nature has its desire which is opposed to the Spirit, and the [desire of the] Spirit opposes the [b]sinful nature; for these [two, the sinful nature and the Spirit] are in direct opposition to each other [continually in conflict], so that you [as believers] do not [always] do whatever [good things] you want to do. 18 But if you are guided and led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law. 19 Now the practices of the [c]sinful nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), 20 [d]idolatry, [e]sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the [f]sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.

25 If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].

Galatians 5:16-25 AMP

The Word of God tells us in Galatians 5:16-25, to walk habitually in the Holy Spirit, and not the sinful nature. This is because by walking according to the sinful nature or the old man, we place ourselves in the dominion of the enemy where he has the advantage through lies to torment us or to once again kill, steal and destroy our lives.

Boldness doesn’t comes simply from knowing scriptures; assurance and peace don’t simply come by reading a verse in the Bible but by habitually walking in the Holy Spirit. What gave Prophet Elisha the assurance of his safety and protection was because of Who he knew was with him. When his servant saw enemies around the city, Prophet Elisha saw chariots of fire. Walking in the Holy Spirit gives us a different perspective of the troubles that plague us. It however takes complete assurance of God to receive this perspective.

Walking by faith

In 2 Corinthians 5:7, we are told to not walk by sight but by faith. This is because it’s only by faith that we can receive from God.

We receive God’s promises by faith, the enemy is defeated through us by our faith in Jesus’ work on the cross, our faith in His blood, and our faith in God’s word.

23 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and [a]does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will]. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.

Mark 11:23-24 AMP

The Word of God says whatever you ask for in prayer, believing with confident trust that we have received what we pray for, it will be given to us. This is what God wants us to do with problems that come: to commit them to Him (See 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6-7), and to believe with confident trust that we have received answers; not going back to a state of thinking after we have prayed.

God wants us to believe we have received the answers even before we see them before our eyes. That’s walking by faith and not sight. God gives us so many assurances in His Word, so that we can stand on them as a foundation of our faith when praying to Him.

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