Recently as I faced a heartache concerning loved ones, a song came on the radio. I praised God for the truth presented in the title of the song and repeated many times by the singer as he sang three powerful words.
Those three words which reminded me of truth that would set me free are these: “Fear is a liar.”
Over the years one of my biggest battles has been with fear. Perhaps that is true for everyone since repeatedly in Scripture we see the command: “Fear not.” The life verse God chose for me centers on fear. Wonderful promises come with His command to let go of fear.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
As I listened to the song, I realized whenever I feel overwhelmed by fear, there are lies behind the feeling.
Over the years, lies I’ve believed are:
I’m not good enough.
God doesn’t love me.
God loves her more than He loves me.
God refuses to answer my prayers.
No one loves me.
I’m having trials because I’m evil.
I’m never going to be free from this bondage.
In this latest difficult circumstance, I realized I once again battled fear—fear that this circumstance would not get better, but only worse. The lie behind this fear was: “It’s all my fault this is happening.” I concluded if I was a better person, a stronger Christian, I could influence the people doing wrong to do right. If I had been more loving and more godly, they would choose to make godly, loving choices.
But then I realized as I listened to the song that fear is a liar. The people in my life have free will, and are not walking close to God, so they choose too often not to follow in His way. Because they are not closely connected to our all-powerful God, they don’t have the power to resist temptation.
Perhaps they feel overwhelmed by fear, and their wrong choices come because they believe lies the enemy whispers to them. I do know one of them fears failure. I’m sure many lies arise in regard to that fear.
I will continue to pray for loved ones to return fully to the Lord, so they can be empowered to make right choices. I pray they will be delivered from fear. God promises He will do that for any of us who seek Him. I believe this seeking is something we do again and again. I love the promise contained in Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
How I crave to have conquered fear in my life by now. But as long as the enemy is at work, I will battle fear. Fear appears to be one of the main tools he uses to get Christians to stubble. And since he’s such a liar, he uses lies to feed the fears he whispers into our hearts. The key is to identify fear and let go of it quickly. I can see over the years God has empowered me to do just that.
I can choose today to admit my fears, identify the lies behind those fears, and choose not to believe them. I can seek God, so I can be delivered from the latest fears which plague me.
Just now I looked up the antonyms for fear. Quite a few were listed. Three which jumped out at me were assurance, calmness, and confidence.
Instead of holding on to fear, I can have assurance this circumstance will not undo me, and I can remain calm as I put my confidence in the Lord and trust Him to intervene.
God isn’t finished with any of us yet. He loves us all deeply, and His desire remains to continue to transform us into all He wants us to be.
As we face trials together, we can be assured God will use them for our good and for His glory.
Fear is a liar, but the Father is a lover—of me, my family, and everyone I care about. His perfect love chases away all my fears. (1 John 4:18)
“Fear Is A Liar” by Zach Williams