Fear is not simply a matter of shrinking away in terror of the big, bad boogie man or some other dangerous situation. More than having frightening nightmares, fear fouls the flow of our fellowship with Christ. When we allow fear to enter in and began to influence our lives, we loose the confidence of who we are and what our position is in Christ Jesus. Maintaining a constant flow of fellowship with Christ provides us with the Divine ability to love and minister to the needs of others, while enabling us to overcome all adverse situations we may face in life.
This fear that fouls our fellowship with Christ manifests itself in various and sometimes unconscious ways. Our desire to be recognized by others and feel wanted reveals our fear of being lonely and undervalued. Our desire to obtain, or see our loved ones obtain some foremost position may indicate our fear of someone else getting to the top. Our procrastination in venturing into unknown and uncharted possibilities may point to our fear of failure. These and many other such fears foul the flow of fellowship with Christ.
How wonderful it should be for us to hear the great news that we do have to continue living in this fear. The New testament writer of I John instructs us, ” There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; because fear involves torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love”(4:18). fear that fouls our fellowship with Christ comes from the darkness of evil and Satan. God did not give us fear. God has give us power to overcome every fear. Moreover, according to 2 Timothy 1:7, He has given us “power, love, and a sound mind”.
L. Jerome Jones