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  • Henry Omotayo

Dealing With Fear

Psalm 91:3-8

Message No. 0617 | Twitter @GodandUs |

If you are like me, and perhaps like most people, no less than 90 percent of the things I fear or worry about never come to pass. I may have thought about them, meditated on them, imagined their outcomes, and feared those outcomes, but bless the Lord, they never come to pass. That’s a good thing, right? But the main question is, why put yourself in a position of fear and heartache when statistically speaking, those things you are afraid of don’t come to pass?

The fact is that many people grew up in environments where there’s the strong belief that their family members or their neighbors are working to harm them through witchcraft or other occultic or fetish practices. Every problem they have is caused by someone else and when they go to ask their chosen pastors to pray for them, there’s always revelations of their relations working hard to make sure that they never make it in life. With things like this inscribed permanently in their minds, they are so scared to pass by the homes of those who are supposedly working to harm them, or even to sleep well, because they believe they need to stay awake for their own safety.

I have had to tell some people in the past that they believe the devil more than they believe God. Why? Because they believe 100 percent that the revelations about their relations doing them evil will come to pass. They believe their present problems are caused by these people using devilish means and they believe that additional problems await them in the future. Even some young people have fallen victims of the beliefs of their communities and of those of their parents and friends, that they are so skeptical about life and about what the future holds for them. Some worry if they will ever finish school and if they finish, whether they will find work and if they do, whether they will marry and give birth to children and whether those children will go to school and whether they will pass their exams, and so on and so forth.

Look, the devil is the happiest being when he sees you in constant fear. How else can he manipulate your mind and keep you in perpetual bondage? The devil never likes someone who is not afraid. The good news is that God hates fear, and He never wants any of His children to live in fear. In Psalms 91 verses 5 and 6, the Bible says:

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

God is saying that we have zero need to be afraid of anything, including the evils that take place around us. Why? Because God is greater than any evil planner or any evil doer. Who created those people, is it not the God that we serve? So, the first thing you do to overcome fear is to look at what God says about fear. He is saying you SHALL (you must) not be afraid of anyone or anything. Not only is God saying you shall not be afraid, He has a sure promise to protect you. In verses 3 and 4 of Psalm 91, the Bible further says:

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

These are very strong promises. God’s Words are not suggestions and when He adds ‘Surely’ to them, every doubt should be erased. So, the next thing to do to overcome fear is to believe what God says. Finally, to overcome fear, you need to act on God’s Words. You need to go about your life in peace and stop believing the popular beliefs that you grew up with. Every belief that has no root in the Word of God should be discarded. The people you are afraid of are probably the people who are praying for you to make it in life, but the devil rejoices in putting enmity between you.

In order to make it in life, you need to work hard, unless you have some inheritance somewhere that will pay for your needs and those of your immediate family. Most people who make it work very hard so if you are not working and are not seriously looking for work but believing that someone somewhere is responsible for your woes, you need to read the Bible well to see how much God hates laziness. One of the very few reasons to ever harden your heart is against beliefs that put you in perpetual fear. Fear is terror, and baseless fear is self-inflicted terror.

You need to promise yourself from this moment going forward that you will fear no evil, for God is with you. His rod and His staff, they comfort you (Psalm 23:4). There is no amount of fear that will solve your problem. Rather, fear will always be problem upon problem. It might be easier said than done, but you need to ignore every prompt to be afraid and put everything in the Hands of the God who can keep you safe, and your future secure. I wish you a blessed week!

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 Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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