One of the roots to fear is unbelief. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you…” When we do not consciously believe and act on our belief that the Lord is with us, fear can creep in and take root.
The verse goes on to say, “…be not dismayed, for I am your God…” Dismay means to lose courage or be distressed. Our courage comes from our solid inner heart knowledge that God is our God and He is with us and for us.
Let’s continue, “…I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Here is an illustration for strength. Please picture a heavy metal chain. Then take a long piece of hair and weave it through each link. How strong is that hair? Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is HIDDEN with Christ in God.”
Think back to Joshua. His mentor Moses was dead. What did the Lord say to Joshua? Three times He said to be strong and of good courage. Verse 9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Notice the premise of God’s command. He said that He would be with him wherever he went. It is the same with us. Do not let the fiery dart-lies of fear penetrate your heart. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that fear is a spirit. We fight fear with the truth of God’s attributes. We stand in them until our heart wraps around and embraces them with refusal to let go.
The next time a thought causing fear whispers its lie, do not give it another thought! Immediately engage this unseen warfare with the sword of God’s word. Let your sword whack that lie to pieces. Then rejoice in Who the Lord is at all times. Psalm 149:6 says, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”