Psalms 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for though at with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”
Fear is a dreadful disease, which is why it is capable of killing its victims, in some cases, much faster than some of the dreadful diseases of our time such as cancer, AIDS and heart attack. It is a disease with no pathological cause but it is real and it preys on all of us. Most of our failures and maladies are caused by it.
Fear is also paralyzing. It is limiting and debilitating. Fear is capable of defeating good intentions and purposes. If not conquered, fear conquers and controls. Fear is capable of intensifying and is equally explosive. Too much of it is dangerous. None of it is abnormal. Mild fear or intense fear, depending on the situation, is necessary for healthy living. Fear can motivate us to do something more than we ordinarily would do. Fear can also trigger a positive change. We, therefore, should experience some fear; healthy fear.
However, chronic fear will definitely trigger failure in any area of your life.
As believers how can we avoid being ruled and controlled by fear? How can we overcome fear when we are suddenly under its grip? How can we fight fear? What weapons do we need for attacking and defeating fear? How can we respond to situations and circumstances that cause fear in our lives? Whom can we rely on to overcome frightful and deadly effects of fear? What can happen to us if we do not overcome fear? What is fear anyway?
David, the author of Psalms 23, had more reasons to fear than most of us. On many occasions, Saul sought to kill him. At times, he spent time in caves and in deserted places running away from Saul. He also made mistakes whose consequences left him worried and fearful. How did he overcome his fears?
He learned to confess who God was to him; he learned to affirm God’s presence with him; he made a conscious decision not to fear any evil.
If you too want to overcome any fear in your life, know who God is to you personally. To David, he was, “my Shepherd”. Declare that His presence is with you at all times and in all situations. To David, that was key truth that gave him peace and reassured him that all was well with him. He said of God, “thou at with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”. Today, confess loudly:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil…” (Vs.4). Do that every time the spirit of fear creeps around. Resist and defeat the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of your testimony (confession) (Revelation 12:11). God bless you. Boaz
- Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, Part 1of6, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Power To Overcome, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
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