The definition of fear as defined on Dictionary.com is “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined…” What scares you the most? Are you someone who is afraid of what the future brings? Wonder where the money for your next tuition or housing bill will come from?
Most of the world does, we have a natural fear of the unknown, one of my biggest fears is being in the dark alone. Followed secondly by the creepy-crawly things of the earth such as spiders, snakes, and ever so ugly opossum! On a more personal note, one of my fears for the past couple of years is that I am not good enough to meet the expectations of a future spouse, or to win the approval of my peers. But, what good does fear do?
Fear of the unknown and fear of abandonment are crippling young believers across the world! This is not something to turn a blind eye to…I’ve watched friend after friend turn away from the Lord in order to chase after the falsified pleasures of this world. Whether they find the “fulfillment” they’re searching for in sex, alcohol, drugs, lust-filled media, the empty words of man, etc., they are all searching for acceptance. They stare at the ceiling at night wondering, “What is the purpose of it all?”, “Who truly loves me?”, “What is wrong with me?” Now, I’ve placed the word fulfillment in sarcastic quotations above, simply because if you ever ask any of these people and they give you a genuine answer…they’re never fully satisfied. They crave more…
Our fear is toxic, it poisons the blood in our veins and propels us towards decisions that leave us unsatisfied and unhappy with our lives. We keep our eyes focused on ourselves and focus on all of the faults we have, rather than the blessings the Lord has provided us with! We choose a heart of pessimism that drags down the spirits of those around us and fight for our pride, causing quarrels among close friends.
The good news…I’ve found the cure! Of course others have before me, but I, Justin Meyer, have rediscovered the cure to fear. Perhaps I should share with you all what that cure is…
The cure is simply this…turning your eyes away from yourself and towards The Heavenly Father! For “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) First of all, Jesus Christ bore YOUR sins and MINE on that tree…nails were driven into the palms of His hands, a crown of thorns was placed on His head, and as streams of blood poured down His body…they hung Him there on that cross, suffocating Him…until death. (PRAISE THE LORD HE ROSE AGAIN 3 DAYS LATER)
There is NO ONE ELSE, no other thing, no earthly treasure that I would rather have or live for than THIS God. The God of Jacob, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Messiah…”The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”(Psalm 18:2)
Then, there is the fact pursuing the Lord is the most incredibly exhilarating thing you can possibly do with your life! Following Him takes your eyes aways from your selfish desires, effectively helping you conquer sin and giving your life a purpose that is far beyond yourself. Look at what Jesus has to say about His ability to satisfy in John 4:13-14, “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Well world, I’ve written to you about the cure to fear and the crippling effects it can have on you and your soul. So I beg you brothers and sisters to fall to your knees in prayer to the Most High God and to ask Him to fill your soul with living waters, that can overflow in your life like a living spring! Please give the Lord your life, and submit yourself to His will, resting in your place as His son or daughter!
I leave you with this poem I wrote a few nights ago and hope that it soon becomes the prayer of your hearts, as you look into continually giving your lives ENTIRELY to the Lord!
Father…You are so Majestic,
So Beautiful and Worthy,
Father you came as a servant,
Willing to bless me…
And Daddy, I’m so unholy,
Yet You choose to mold me.
You rescue me from disgrace,
Even though I sin, spitting in your face…
So Father take me and break me,
At my core, firmly shake me.
My peers wanna be shinin’ with that “ice”
But Father I wanna shine like Christ!
Make me suffer if you must,
Until I’ve given you my trust.
Humble me, return me to the dust.
For You’re the Superstar! “I’m just a trail of star-dust.”
Thanks again for callin me your child,
Now I’m the heir to somethin’ WILD!!!
Romans 8:16-17, “16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”