no fear

I remember an episode of M*A*S*H in which Colonel Potter placed a phone call to one of his superior officers. One of the General’s aides answered the phone and informed the Colonel that he was “afraid the General was not available”. Colonel Potter replied, “Son, you’re a lieutenant in the United States Army. Try not to be afraid!”

That’s good advice for all of us. Fear is, perhaps, the most debilitating emotional force we ever face. Like the person who suffers from a fear of heights and becomes literally paralyzed in high places, we too can become physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally and professionally paralyzed by our fear. The kind of fear we’re talking about is best summed up by Neale Donald Walsch: “FEAR is an acronym in the English language for False Evidence Appearing Real.”

Our enemy, the devil, is constantly trying to get us to focus on what could go wrong because, as his name literally means, he is the accuser. He is constantly making accusations against God’s faithfulness and loving care. That is why it is important to remind ourselves continually of God’s promises. So let’s do that.

Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 43:1,2 “But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.”

Matthew 10:31 “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

Mark 5:36 “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”

Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”


And finally,

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

So, to paraphrase Colonel Potter, “You’re a child of God. You have no reason to be afraid!”


1 Response to “no fear”

  1. 1 Heidi
    January 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Your blogs are truly amazing. God has gave you a wonderful gift of not only speaking his word, but writing it. Thank you

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