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Fear & Anxiety

"Do not fear (Isaiah 41:10 NASB)."

This is a command, not a suggestion. It is the most often repeated command in the Bible. And it is also the most commonly ignored. Its treated as a benevolent suggestion that is fine in theory but impracticable in practice.

But since this command is so difficult to understand, I will spell it out to you.

  • It is a sin to fear not being able to pay the rent.
  • It is a sin to be afraid of losing your home.
  • It is a sin to fear becoming homeless.
  • It is a sin to be afraid of other people.
  • It is a sin to be afraid of the boss.
  • It is a sin to be afraid of the police.
  • It is a sin to be afraid of losing your job.
  • It is a sin to be afraid of other peoples' criticism.
  • It is a sin to worry about your health.
  • It is a sin to fear making a mistake.
  • It is a sin to worry about an upcoming date.
  • It is a sin to fear not doing well on an upcoming test.
  • It is a sin to fear not doing well on a job interview.
  • And so on.

If you are kidnapped by Islamic militants, and are about to be beheaded tomorrow morning, you still have a responsibility to do your best to trust God and not give in to fear. Fear won't do you any good anyway.

Christians are commanded not to fear. And this command is unconditional. Fear is always a sin. It never does any good. It always makes things worse.

And what if you choose to ignore this command and be afraid anyway? Why, the Bible is clear on that too: "fear hath torment (1 John 4:18 KJV)."

You will have anxiety.

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