There are three major fears—fear of death, fear of sickness, and fear of poverty. These fears affect every person. Bondage to these fears has become a global epidemic!
Fear is costly!
Surveys show that nearly half the population says they are more stressed than a year ago, and a third rate stress levels as extreme. And as fears rise, so much of our society seems to be unraveling.
If anything, it seems to be getting worse as people face unthinkable challenges and the global financial crisis grows.
Fear is also crippling! It can become bondage in every area of life.
So what is the answer?
If the fear of death, sickness, or poverty is epidemic, what is the solution?
What can a person do to break free from the overwhelming bondage of these three fears?
- We know that God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Answer to our fear of death: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
- We also know that Christ is the Answer to the fear of sickness: “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
- We can know with assurance that God desires for us to live without the fear of poverty: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).
I have spent nearly every day across four decades pointing people of all ages to our precious Lord Jesus as the Answer to these three great fears.
God’s Word is sure and certain!
Are you ready for His solution to your most pressing challenges?
Here are five keys from His Word to overcoming all fear:
1. The first key to liberty from fear is faith in God:
“If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1).
Faith in God leads us to a long list of powerful promises—blessings will overtake us, blessings will occur in the city and in the field, blessings will come to our children, crops, and possessions, blessings will fall upon our provisions, and we will be blessed wherever we are (Deuteronomy 28:2-6)—that will come to pass if we hear and obey His voice.
2. Overcoming fear also comes through listening to and obeying Him. We are told: “Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:33).
Hearkening to God means trusting in Him, not the world’s systems: “He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch” (Proverbs 11:28).
And as you trust God, He will bless you with no sorrow: “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).
Living a life of righteousness and faith puts you in line to be blessed supernaturally: “The tabernacle of the upright shall flourish” (Proverbs 14:11). This means living without fear in every area of life!
3. The third key to victory over fear means abiding in Him—moving past listening and obeying.We are told: “Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard” (1 Samuel 22:23).
Jesus Himself said: “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46).
No darkness! No fear!
Abiding in Him places you in a special position of blessings:
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Abiding in Him helps you rise above the world’s troubles: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
4. The next step to overcoming fear is understanding that God desires to fulfill His covenant with us and through us.God promises:
“Thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
And He wishes to cover you with His blessings:
“God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God” (Ecclesiastes 2:26).
5. Finally, honor the Lord first and foremost through your faithfulness.
Faithfulness is the polar opposite of fearfulness. God wants us to walk by faith, but the enemy desires for us to walk in fear. The choice is up to each of us—one day at a time.
We are called to reflect Him in every area of life:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
When we honor the Lord and are faithful to His work, only then will our lives abound and overflow with His blessings rather than being riddled with fear!
Yes, we live in a world of hurts, needs, and tragedies. Yet we know:
“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 2:7).
If you speak your fear, that’s exactly what is coming to you. The whole world is afraid. Don’t you dare be like them! You are NOT them! You are a covenant person. You are God’s precious saint! You are the head, and not the tail, and you are above only, not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
Called to Faith, Not Fear
We are given this covenant promise:
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
You are a covenant person, which sets you apart from others who aren’t.
There is a difference between covenant people and unbelievers. It is just as noticeable as when the plagues hit Egypt, yet the Lord told Moses: “And I will put a division between my people and thy people” (Exodus 8:23).
Then, as now, God’s covenant people were blessed even when they were surrounded by people who were overwhelmed with fearful challenges.
We are God’s covenant people, filled with faith, not fear!
It comes down to your covenant relationship with Him. If you believe you have made a covenant with God through the precious blood of His Son, then you must believe that covenant cannot be broken: “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips” (Psalm 89:34).
The only thing that can break that covenant is your fear! That is why Jesus said: “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified” (Luke 21:9).
Blessed to Be a Blessing
Let me talk briefly and specifically about the fear of poverty. As with other fears, faithfulness is the key. Divine prosperity is the legal right of every covenant child of God:
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
Divine prosperity is His will for you!
God wants to give you favor in your life, your family, and your business dealings:
“The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Deuteronomy 28:8).
And when we obey the Word of God, prosperity will be one of the results: “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures” (Job 36:11).
It’s time to put our Lord Jesus first in your living and giving—to be faithful, not fearful!