The Bible warns about a fear that can cripple our faith and destroy our Christian growth.
Why are you fearful?
“Now when [Jesus] got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:23-26).
Looking at the terrible storm with their natural eyes, they had great reason to fear. But Jesus demonstrated that if they had had more faith, they would have remembered that God created the wind and the waves and had complete power over them. Faith would have calmed their fears.
Fear, a faith killer
It isn’t difficult to understand how fear could be a faith killer. Those who have extreme fear about anything will naturally focus on themselves and the problems they are facing, not on God and His willingness to help them in their time of need.
Are there things in this life that can cause fear? Certainly! Daily life has its share of dangers from accidents, crime, disasters, etc.
Nothing to fear?
During the dark days of the Great Depression, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a famous statement that is often remembered as, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” That’s catchy, but is it really true in our dangerous world—without God’s protection?
“So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Let’s remember these enemies of faith and strive to keep them out of our lives. We can always go to God in prayer . nother enemy