FEAR[LESS]

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There is an idea amongst us that Satan can strike fear into our hearts. While this is technically correct, in that Satan is the mastermind behind many of the negative aspects of our lives, I would like to propose a similar but entirely different statement. We allow Satan to strike fear in our hearts.

Have you ever had a nightmare, and it was full of things that make you the most afraid. Then you realized it was a dream, and at that point you weren’t scared anymore. I think that the same, or at least a very similar, principle applies to real life.

Things in life can be very fear inducing. I fear death, you fear hell, someone else fears non-existence. These are the kind of things that can keep you awake at night, mulling over the meaning of existence as you try not to scream or cry or go crazy. Fear makes you feel so helpless.

But God saves us not only from hell and death, but also fear. As difficult as it is, one must only understand that God has nullified everything but the most short-term fears of ours. We need not fear death or hell or oblivion, because the faith we have as a believer allows us to understand our eternity. And our eternity is a place where fear simply ceases to exist.

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 118:6

There are highly unpleasant things that can happen in this life. Starvation, disease, torture, etc. These are things can and should be feared, based on out own human nature. But they all have one thing in common. They are not permanent. They end, whether in life or death, if one knows the Lord. And man cannot cause anything so permanent as to affect you after this life is over

But if you do not know Jesus, it’s a different story entirely. Fear absolutely should cripple you, because it means you are on a path to hell. Hell is the amalgamation of everything feared in this life, intensified. As disturbing as it is to think about, this is the real nature of fear. Hell is a place of rampant fear, and no ability to conquer or control it.

This isn’t to scare you if you don’t believe what I do, I’m merely offering my ideas on the nature of fear. It takes practice, along with a strong relationship with your savior, but the power of Satan’s fear can be truly conquered with the even greater power of God’s salvation. We can be fearless.

[Photo by Tiea Martin]

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.