To understand the evilness of fear and worry, let’s look at the greatest sacrifice God made for us.
To set us free from fear and worry God sacrificed His Son. Galatians 3:13 tells us “for it is written, ‘Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree’.” As He hung on the cross, Jesus willingly took upon Himself every sin, of every person past, present, and future. Through this one act of love, we were redeemed. Jesus re-established our covenant with the Father allowing anyone the opportunity to become a member of God’s family and heir to His Kingdom.
Unfortunately, when we allow fear into our relationships, finances, health, etc., we make this supreme sacrifice of no effect in those areas. Fear disconnects us from God’s grace. Grace is God’s overpowering desire to treat us as if we had never sinned. When we choose to worry or doubt we defeat that desire. Fear will cut off access to God’s Blessings here on earth.
Remember when Peter walked on water? Peter and the disciples were in their boat in an awful storm. Fear had overtaken them. The disciples thought Jesus was a ghost when they saw Him walking on the water. But the Lord said, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” (Matthew 14:27-29). At that moment, faith – the POWER of God’s Word – overcame Peter’s fear. His trust in God’s Word come, allowed him to walk on water!
If only his eyes had stayed on Jesus!
The Word tells us Peter allowed his eyes to cause his focus on Jesus to shift to the roaring seas. He let fear of his surroundings take over and he started to sink. He chose FEAR, not FAITH. This decision disconnected him from the power of the Word. FEAR and FAITH cannot occupy the same space at the same time, choose FAITH!