I think one of the biggest temptations in the season we are in right now is fear. I think too often we don’t even regard living in fear as sin. It almost feels mean in our culture to think of fear as a temptation. We tend to have a lot more mercy on someone who is being tempted by or in the grip of fear than someone, say tempted by lust, greed, or anger.
I have a sense that we don’t as easily see the destructive power of fear as readily as we do some other sins. What if we could see right away on our faithometer the effects of fear? What if we could see the door opening and the enemy getting a foothold when we give in to worry?
For me, fear is a sign of two things; I’ve lost my focus and/or there is something in my life I need to surrender to the Lord. Look at Moses as an example. He had to have been terrified to go speak to Pharaoh, but he surrendered his life to God even to the point of death (Pharaoh could have easily accomplished that) and he kept his eye on the Lord.
It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
Our enemy is the master terrorist. If he can get you in fear, and your eyes off the Lord then he can turn your faith to unbelief and he will have won. The way to counter his attacks is to refuse the temptation, focus on who God is and what He has promised and realize that no matter how bad things look, the enemy loses when we continue to put our trust in the Lord and love and obey Him. The enemy simply cannot understand that kind of loyalty and he cannot overcome that kind of faith.
So we can say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper,so I will have no fear.What can mere people do to me?” [ Ps 118:6.]
Passage 2 Timothy 1:7:
7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.