It is considered natural for people to be afraid. Fear is a God-given instinct. But Satan can use it against us in so many ways. There is nothing our adversary would like more than to see us paralyzed with fear—just like King Saul was when he faced the Philistines and Goliath (see 1 Samuel 17).
Why do we allow fear to control us? On the one hand, we have past experiences that we don’t want to relive, and on the other hand, we are very hesitant about what might lie ahead. But often the events and situations creating the most fear in people have no basis in reality.
For many in our culture today, the number one fear is public speaking. The number two fear is death. One contemporary comedian commented, “That means that if you are at a funeral, you are better off in the coffin than giving the eulogy.”
When young Jeremiah was called by the Lord to speak to the spiritual leaders of the nation, it appears he was fearful of the assignment because of his youth. The Lord said to him, “Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” (Amplified Bible). Looking at the eyes of people while we speak, especially to a group, is for many people an intimidating process. We may wonder whether they like us and agree with our words, or if they are going to turn against us and harm us.
Fear of dying is for many people their number one fear! In the words of modern popular humorist, Woody Allen: “I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Virtually every fear has a relationship to death and a connection to dying.
So as Bible believing Christians, how do we deal with this fear? For the past 38 years, I have observed Christians around the world in difficult and fearful circumstances as I served with the ministry to persecuted Christians begun by Brother Andrew called Open Doors. In subsequent days, you will learn how these persecuted Christians have dealt with their many fears and stood strong. And supported by scripture, you will also learn how to deal with your fear(s) too. Then you can also stand strong in the storms you face.