Are You a Christian Living in Fear, Anxiety and Doubt?

fear anxiety doubt copyCommentary by:  Gordon King

Are you a Christian?  Do you struggle with trials and tribulations?  If you answered yes to these two questions, then you are not alone.  Everyone of us will suffer trials and tribulations.  There is a difference between how we handle these situations. 

Some of us feel hopeless, helpless and afraid.  We find it very difficult to live our daily lives.  We live in fear, anxiety and doubt.  Waking up to a new day is hard to do.  We pray for the day’s end so we can crawl back into our cozy bed and fall asleep (if we can). 

The rest of us live with faith, courage and hope.  We find joy and comfort throughout the day.  Each new morning brings us the opportunity to serve our God. 

Why the difference?  What separates those who fear each day with pain and suffering, and those who cherish each day with peace, joy and comfort?

The difference is Jesus.  I am not saying that those who suffer with fear and anxiety do not have Jesus as their Lord and Savior, not at all.  What I am saying is that there are many Christians, more than I would like to think, who are not letting Christ live through them.  They apparently do not believe in the power of Christ.  They do not truly believe in the Word of God as all truth, power and life.

1 John 4:13-18

“13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

We as Christians are not only forgiven, but we are a new creation.  We are born again.  This means that we are given the Holy Spirit of God who dwells within us.  We are to be more Christ like each and everyday.  We are to live as Jesus.  God is to work through us with His power and glory.  God is powerful and mighty.  His power is in us and works through us.  We need to know this as truth.  He gives us comfort, peace and joy.  He gives us courage, faith, strength, boldness and power.  He gives us “Gifts of the Spirit”.

2 Corinthians 5:17

“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Philippians 2

“13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual Gifts: Unity in Diversity

“12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Being a Christian is more than just accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  It is letting God take over our lives.  To live for Him.  To let him live through us.  Faith is believing in these things and accepting what Jesus has given us.  All for the glory of God.

We must put on the full armor of God.  In this way you will be able to face each day, each challenge with faith, power, peace, comfort and joy.”

Ephesians 6:10-18

The Whole Armor of God

“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”

Remember, God will give us peace, comfort and joy.  Just ask, believe and have faith.

Matthew 5:4

“4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

John 14:27

“27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Romans 15:13

“13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 2

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

There is no reason for a true, bible believing Christian to live in fear, anxiety and doubt.  God is our Father, our Savior, our provider, healer, comforter and protector.  Have a little faith and believe.  Allow God to work in your life.

God Bless!