Life is dangerous and the very threat of harm can paralyze us with fear. But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind.
Simply stepping outside opens us to many risks. On any given day there is no guarantee that we will return.
But for the most part we accept this reality as a reasonable risk and go about our daily lives.
However, when danger hits close to home – perhaps in witnessing increased crime, accidents, or disease – a spirit of fear subtly creeps in.
By itself, fear simply warns us when something we value is in danger and motivates us to make wise choices to protect it.
However, when we operate in a spirit of fear we see danger around every corner and become paralyzed. Fear becomes the filter in which we see and approach life.
Again, there is a certain wisdom to fear. But as the true sons of God we’re not called to operate in fear, but rather in power, love, and a sound mind.
We’re not mere victims of our circumstances. We have the power to make things happen and advance the good despite the many dangers we face.
And perfect love cast out fear. When love is our driving force we will not let fear block us from generously giving ourselves on behalf of others.
Meanwhile, we also take wisdom with us. Not living in fear doesn’t mean we become foolish. Risky situations call for us to thoughtfully consider the best path forward.
When dominated by a spirit of fear we lack the power, love, and wisdom to accomplish what God has called us to.
Reject a spirit of fear and embrace the power, love, and wisdom of God.