There is a great foolishness in our culture today.  It is the idea of  ‘no fear’.  It seems to manifest itself in two ways

  1. Avoidance
  2. Experimentation

Both are foolish.  God has given us the ability to feel fear for a reason.  It is part of our innate nature, to help protect us.  Fear warns us of danger–danger to our body or soul . . . and danger to our spirit.

The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  I would go so far as to suggest a dual interpretation:

  1. fear of the awesome power and judgment of God
  2. the intuitive fear given to us, by God, when we are in the presence of danger or evil

Perhaps it is because we live in such perilous times, that people grow weary of fear . . .  we could say they suffer from ‘fear overload’.  So, many have made a point of trying to combat fear.

Some people will close their eyes to anything that makes them afraid–we call this denial.  They create–to whatever degree–an alternate reality where their fear doesn’t exist.  (Drugs and alcohol are common means to that end.)  But if denying fear doesn’t work–or someone pierces their alternate reality with truth–they become angry and confrontational.

The problem is, fear is not the enemy to be overcome.  Nor is truth the enemy.  The enemy is what is lurking behind the fear:  evil.

There are many ‘good people’ who hate the impact that evil has in this world.  They don’t understand it, nor do they want to.  They try to avoid it, and be kind, positive and good.  They don’t understand that the tiniest seeds of evil are present in each of us at birth.

Many of them also don’t understand that evil has a promoter, one who embodies it and cultivates it in us.  By being ignorant of this, many ‘good people’ unwittingly become pawns in his hands.

Fear is a symptom.  Fear points to the problem . . . evil.  Evil cannot be overcome by avoidance.  Evil cannot be escaped.  It finds each one of us, because it is within each of us.

Evil can only be overcome by God.  We cannot overcome evil through good alone–but we can submit ourselves to God, and allow ourselves to be tools in His hands.  Only God is good.  Only God’s goodness can overcome evil.

If you are an ‘avoider’, begin to allow yourself to feel fear . . . but with a different perspective.  When you feel fear, examine why.  Are you in the presence of danger . . . or potential danger?  Are you in the presence of something evil?

God is the antidote for fear.  God can protect you, give you wisdom and direction, and even deliverance from evil forces.

If it is God you are afraid of–good!  You’re on the right track.  If you haven’t ‘gotten right with God’, the fear of God you feel is natural.  If we are not right with God, we have His judgment to fear.

If you have repented and are living right, then fear is warning you of something evil or dangerous in your life.  Pray that God will make it known to you where that fear is coming from–then deal with it!  Hiding from fear will not remove the danger or the evil it is trying to warn you of!

If, on the other hand, you are not an avoider . . . you probably pride yourself on your lack of fear.  You tend to confront fear head on.  Whatever makes you (or others) afraid, you will jump right into.  Bravo! . . . maybe.

There is a brand of fearlessness that many demonstrate today, that is rooted in foolishness.  People that behave this way have the mistaken belief that they are immune to the danger or the evil that lurks behind fear.  It seems to be their mission to demonstrate to others that their fears are unfounded.  They will do foolish things to defy danger, and will survive many of them .  But in most cases, if they persist long enough, they will perform one feat too many, and become an interesting story that will illustrate why certain things shouldn’t be done.

That’s all well and good, when we’re talking about risking one’s life . . . and when one is aware of the inherent risk in what they are doing.  The problem today, is that many are diving into things which threaten their eternal soul, without understanding the risk.

(Now, it should be understood, that if you have not accepted Jesus’ atoning death on your behalf, and if you have not surrendered your life to God in return, then you are already damned . . . because all of us are condemned once we begin to sin.  But if you have accepted Jesus, and have continued in [or gone back to] sin, then you have turned back to damnation too.)

This foolish attitude has led many to continue to be involved in activities which are spiritually dangerous and/or evil.  Rather than grounding their beliefs in sound doctrine, their overridding motto is ‘no fear’, and they latch onto any teaching that allows them to do as they please, and that downplays the danger.  ‘No fear’ of God’s judgment (because of faith in a false doctrine of ‘once saved always saved’), ‘no fear’ of disobeying God’s laws, ‘no fear’ of the powers of darkness, ‘no fear’ of evil, etc.

These are people who have made a practice of hardening their heart to their God-given natural fears.  Because of this, they perceive things incorrectly.  But, because they neither fear God, nor man, nor spiritual forces, it is impossible to reason with them.  These people are harboring a spirit of rebellion, which becomes evident when one attempts to confront them with the truth, being met with accusations of ‘fear mongering’ or ‘legalism’, rather than repentance.

Satan’s ‘no fear’ propaganda campaign has done much to set the stage for his rise to power.  Many people (including many professed ‘Christians’) are opening the door to him through rebellion, others have simply stifled their intuitive fear  of evil and no longer possess the discernment to see what is happening, and a vast multitude are living in a fantasy world that denies the very existence of evil.  Brilliant.

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