Before the Holy Spirit spoke this into my heart, I had never thought of it before. Have you? Fear usurps God’s rightful place in the center of our heart. 2 Timothy 1:7 defined fear as a spirit. A heart idol of fear is a ruling spirit that seeks to dethrone our trust.
The opposite of fear is peace. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord is everlasting strength.”
What did Paul say about peace? Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
What a great promise! Peace that guards our heart so that the Prince of Peace rules. Notice that it is conditional on not allowing fear to usurp His place. Do not let anything make you anxious, fearful, worried, and filled with dread. Why? Matthew 6:25-34 clearly states that our heavenly Father knows our needs and is well able to meet them. Giving into fear is simply lack of trust in the moment ~ sidetracked.
Consider this: God is so great He had to swear by Himself when He made the promise to Abraham. Hebrews 6:13. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”