Jesus Never Feared
Jesus reverenced God (translated “feared” Hebrews 5:7), but he never cravenly feared or worried. He was tempted to fear, but he never did because we are told he destroyed him who had the power of death, that is the devil, to deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:14-18).
Jesus is the Savior to deliver us from fear, so he certainly wasn’t living in fear. The Bible says God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). And again it says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).
Fear is such a natural part of our life. How is it that Jesus never feared? When he was in the wilderness and had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he became very hungry. No doubt there was fear of death that came to him and the devil came to him tempting him saying “If thou be the Son of God, command these stones be made bread”. Jesus replied to the temptation, something we should always do, and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:1-3).
That is our key to overcoming fear and all temptation – be living by the Word of God. That means be knowing what the Word of God says so that you can see things through the perspective of the Word, and be applying that Word to your life and situation. If we will get our eyes onto the Word and off our circumstances, then we can overcome things.
Jesus operated his whole life by the Word, and that is what we are to do if we want to change things and live in victory.
The Word of God delivered by the Spirit of God is what created light and all things. God spoke (Genesis 1:1-3). Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
Have you been given a bad report?
Do things seem hopeless?
Is fear and worry overwhelming you?
Hook up with the moving of the Spirit of God and speak the Word of God into the situation, and allow the Word to bring God’s way and God’s life into your world. That’s how Jesus lived. He is the example of how we are to live.
We don’t have to just live by the bread that life dishes out to us. In the midst of all things we can be speaking and living by the Word and Spirit of God in love, in miraculous power, and with a fearless, worry-free, sound mind, trusting in Jesus for deliverance in every way.
Jackie Calhoun is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org