Everyone knows that fear is part of being human.
The rich are afraid of becoming poor, and the poor are afraid of not being able to support their family;
The oppressed are afraid of the dark, heights, elevators, not being accepted into a good school, etc.;
Healthy people are afraid of getting sick, and sick people are afraid of dying;
Sick people are afraid of not being cured;
Single people are afraid of being confined to loneliness;
Religious people are afraid of going to hell;
People that are in debt are afraid of not being able to make their payments on time;
Cheaters are afraid of being caught;
Criminals are afraid of being arrested;
Politicians are afraid of losing elections.
As you can see, in one way or another, fear is present in everyone’s life. Some more, some less.
But everyone has this feeling.
Even those who were closest to God had fears.
Abraham was afraid of being killed because of his wife;
It was no different with Isaac;
Jacob fled because he was afraid of his brother Esau;
Moses fled Egypt because he was afraid of Pharaoh;
Gideon was afraid of destroying his father’s altar during the day;
David had the courage to face Goliath, but fled from his son Absalom;
The great prophet Elijah feared the threats of Jezebel and fled to the desert.
In all the history of humanity, Jesus was the only One who was never afraid. He confronted His adversaries and faced death without a sketch of fear. Why is that?
Because he was full of the Holy Spirit.
Being full of the Spirit of God means being empty of fear.
How is it possible to be full of the Spirit of God?
When the mind is 100% occupied with thoughts of God, with His Word.
Here lies the reason for this commandment: “… be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5.18
Filled with the Spirit means the absence of any influence from this world.
Including fears, threats and terrors.