The dictionary defines it at “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat”. The more ‘certain’ you are of this unseen thing, the more fearful you are of it. However, certainty of an unseen thing is not always fear. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1) The difference is the “hoped for” part. Faith and Fear both are a belief in something you cannot see, just one is for the better and one is for the worse.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) If we truly have faith in Christ, who is for us, what then do we have to fear?
This is a simple question, yet we all have fear. Even the apostles who walked personally with Jesus, had fear. However one significant advantage we have over them, is that they didn’t yet have the Holy Spirit. If you look at how the lived (and died) after receiving the Spirit, you no longer see fear. Looking at their fear while Jesus was face to face as some sort of way to justify our own fear, looses perspective of the power of the Spirit.
When we have the Holy Spirit within us, we are still flesh and bones and still fall to the sins of the flesh. But at any second, at any moment, we can call upon the power of that Spirit to pull us through. We don’t replace fear with faith by some power of our flesh, but by calling on the Spirit. It is Him within us that fills us with faith, hope and love. The fruit of the spirit shows itself when we call upon that power.
Having fear in the moment is normal. Feeling fear in the moment can cause us to seek power from our own selves and feel inferior to face the situation, increasing the fear. But we don’t have to live in that fear. When we recognize the Spirit living in us, He can grow our faith and displace that fear.
If you’ve never felt the power of the Spirit living in you, it possible you have a belief in Jesus but have never handed your life over to Him. When you move from believing what He did for you to a point of accepting His sacrifice and placing Him as Lord of your life, the Holy Spirit will come upon you. By no means will this some how eliminate the desires of the flesh or make you perfect, but it will make you perfect in the eyes of the Lord. When your sins (past, present and future) are washed by His blood, your Father in Heaven looks at you through the lens of Christ. He no longer sees your flesh, but the Spirit in you.
Allowing the Spirit to dwell in you will not only give you the power to displace fear, it will give you an amazing desire to live for Him. He stands outside the door knocking, open the door and let Him in.