“Be still and know that I Am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” (Psalm 46:10,11)
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. and [the Lord Jesus] was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake [H]im, Master, carest [T]hou not that we perish? And [H]e arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And [H]e said unto them. Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey [H]im? (Mark 4:37-41)
The words I would draw your attention to are these, “Peace, be still…and know that I am God…I will be exalted…” and “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
From these words we learn that fear and faith cannot coexist in the Christ-ian at the same time. In other words one cannot exercise one’s faith while being full of fear. And one cannot fear when one is exercising one’s faith. Christ teaches us that no one can serve two masters; he will love the one and hate the other. This spiritual principle is exceedingly relevant to our point. The Christ-ian cannot be full of fear and full of faith. The Christ-ian will cling to one and eschew the other. One will glorify God and the other will doubt God. One will acknowledge that God has not given us the spirit of fear and the other will grieve and quench the Abiding Spirit of God. One will proclaim, “I love and trust the Lord Jesus” and the other will denounce His Lordship, sovereign power and eternal love. When one fears one denounces the great Power of Christ’s Name. When one cowers under man’s authority and threats one makes man a god.
To be “so fearful” is to “have no faith.” Peace is the (3rd) third fruit named in the listing of the fruit of the Spirit. The opposite of peace is fear and the antithesis of fear is faith. Therefore, Peace and Faith are bonded and are unbreakable graces.They are twin like Justification and Sanctification are twin. In the fruit of the Spirit love gives power to joy and the joy of the LORD will fend off fear, anxiety, doubt and worry. John states in his first epistle that a mature understanding of God’s love cancels out all fear.
Beloved, to fear anything is to denounce God’s love and sovereign authority over all things. We understand that the old man still exists and he will try to cause thee to fear and you may for a time be overcome by fear ….but lean not onto thine own understanding. Look to the greatness, the power, the sovereignty, the love, the joy of God and retake your place among the fearless and the faithful. To be faithful one is to be fearless and to be fearless one is to be faithful. For the fearless and the faithful know that God will never leave us nor forsake us.
Christ said, “Fear not, little flock.”
To the logically minded I leave this syllogism: Christ’s little flock need not fear anything; I am part of Christ’s little flock; therefore I need not fear anything.
To those that are more of an emotional nature I leave ye with this: “God has not given you the spirit of fear; but [the spirit] of power, and [the spirit] of love, and [the spirit] of a sound mind.”
They that are in Christ and have taken the shield of faith shall not fear.