What does fear mean?

God tells us a lot in His Word to fear not. Besides, he did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Fear is often said to be false evidence appearing real. However, God expects us to have a vigilant, sober awareness of what is really wrong so that we can do the right thing, so we have nothing to fear. God sent prophets with bad news to the Israelites in the Old Testament. The people of the Old Testament only wanted to hear the false good news that their own prophets wanted to share with them. The Bible is the Good News, but only when it comes to God’s plans, not ours. God expects us to be prudent and mindful, but not paranoid or afraid. God did not promise us a life free of trouble, but we can rest assured that if we seek to trust Him with everything and ask for wisdom, He will show us what needs to change without spooking us. We need to be able to separate reality and fantasy, but that does not mean that good news or positive hopes are not true. The false belief of a monster living under a bed according to a frightened young child would be considered a negative fantasy.  We need to properly prioritize so that we can focus out energies on what’s most important and what matters most. This does not mean that all of our good decisions will guarantee a problem free life, but it means that we know what we love and cherish the most to the point of staying firm in what we believe in, God’s goodness. God is good and He will not let us down or disappoint. We need to be sure we are seeking God’s kingdom first.

About journeywithmercy

I am seeking a meaningful life in Jesus Christ. I am not sure exactly what that means, but I am on a journey to find out. I seek a most amazing way beyond my wildest dreams to fulfill my calling, purpose and destiny while enjoying beauty, art, culture, nature and science the whole way thorugh.
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