God Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear

I love this time of year...pumpkin everything, apple picking, and the lovely foliage as the leaves turn beautiful hues of orange, yellow, and red up here in the Northeast. Yes, this is one of my favorite times of year. One thing that we don't do, however, is celebrate Halloween. When my son was a baby we would dress him up in cute costumes and take him on walks throughout our neighborhood (no trick or treating, though). After about two years, we stopped dressing him up in order to avoid any confusion (although optional dress up any other time of the year is definitely fair game).

Honestly, I completely digressed and went off topic, because this wasn't really meant to be a post on celebrating Halloween, but actually the topic of fear. We love to shop and visit the stores, but one recent trip to a local home store had my son feeling a bit apprehensive about going back. You see they had a large display of spooky Halloween decorations right in the front of the store where you walk in. Is it me, or are these decorations just getting larger and larger throughout the years? Okay, I'm digressing, again. Long story short, there was a lot of discussion about "scary things" after our last store visit, and of course about fears and worries.

One of my favorite scripture passages about fear comes right out of 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." This is just one of many verses that I have been reading with my child for quite a while now (even before the "incident" at the store). I have always told him that fear is a liar and wants nothing more then to steal our peace and joy, but we can't let that happen. I think now that he is getting a older, he is starting to understand things a little more.

In fact, one day the song Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams started playing.  If you are not already familiar with it, here is the music video, below. It's a really good song!

One day my son comes in to me, not too long after the incident and says, "There is something scary at (fill in the blank of the store)." Then there is a brief pause and he continues, "But you know what, fear is a liar!"

Ha! Out of the mouths of babes!! Thank you, Jesus! The first thing that popped up in my head was "Aw, what a cute thing for my little guy to say!" Then there was also that feeling of, "Amen! He is taking all of our talks and applying them to his life."

Speaking of, can you guess what other song he enjoys listening to?

Of course, we all sometimes forget to not let fear overtake our lives. This can happen to adults just as much as it does children, so this post is for everyone out there who needs a quick and friendly reminder that fear is definitely a liar. Don't let it take your peace, nor your joy! We also like to read through Psalm 23 and 91. These chapters are essential for living a life in perfect peace without fear or worry. Here are a few more verses that we like to mediate on:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 
– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?
– Psalm 27:1

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
– 1 John 4:18

Oh, and don't forget to listen to the two songs mentioned, above. Every little bit helps! 😉

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