Imagine Your Life Without Fear

how to conquer fear series - Imagine Your Life Without Fear

~Imagine Your Life Without Fear ~

Can you imagine your life without fear, or does the thought of  fearless living make you too scared?  Maybe to someone reading this, you’re thinking that it is an entirely foolish proposition.  After all, doesn’t fear keep us safe?

Fear keeps us from doing things like jumping into the polar bear enclosure at the zoo to pet the cute little polar bear cubs and see if they’ll drink your coke.  Fear keeps us from mouthing off to the motorcycle gang that just cut us off on the interstate.  So isn’t the concept of life without fear unnecessarily dangerous? Oh, and doesn’t the Bible say that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge or wisdom or something?  Wouldn’t we all end up in the hospital or worse if we lived life without fear?

Two Foolishly Fearless Lives:

Benaiah – 1 Chronicles 11:22 “He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.” For the life of me, I can’t think of a single reason with sound wisdom for going into a hole in the ground on any day, especially not a snowy day, and trying to fight a lion.  Remember, this was before guns and explosives too.

Was it anger?  Was it a dare?  Was it arrogance?  Was it more likely a moment of temporary insanity?  Whatever the case, if you asked a hundred intelligent people if this was a wise course of action, 100 of them would probably say that it was a foolish choice.

David – (the young kid who watched sheep for a living) – 1 Samuel 17 “[While I was tending the sheep] a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.”  Don’t get me wrong here.  I really like animals.  In fact I have 3 (yes 3) boxers, and I’d put a serious hurting on anyone who messed with them.  But…

If my dogs and I were hiking in the woods and a grizzly bear came at us both, and it decided it liked furry food better than the kind that was screaming like a teenage girl with a spider in her hair… I’d probably be hauling my you know what out of there and buying a new puppy for Christmas.

These weren’t even pet dogs though, they were sheep.  Hello!?!  They’re raised to be eaten!  Once again, I’m not sure if the juice pack in David’s lunch box had fermented and he was out of his sane mind or what, but I don’t think you’ll find a sensible person to tell you that it’s ever a good idea to latch onto a bear and pull its hair.  Seriously not cool!!!

 

The Consequences of their Fearless Living:

David – He went on to kill a lion too.  Oh, and there was that Goliath guy.  Two more foolishly fearless actions in a long life of them.  He went on to become the most beloved king of Israel and earned the title of “a man after God’s own heart.”

Benaiah – Well, apparently King David liked surrounding himself with foolishly fearless people, so he made Benaiah head over his 30 mighty men.  He also decided to pick a fight with a guy who was 7 1/2 foot tall and had a spear.  Benaiah wrestled the spear away and killed the guy with it.  Just another in his own long line of foolishly fearless activities.

Why you must imagine your life without fear:

I am told that the Bible contains the phrase “Fear Not” 365 times.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t personally counted.  The overwhelmingly obvious point however is that God intended for us to live fearlessly. When we choose to live for the reasons that He has formed us, He promises to that “nothing will by any means hurt you.”  When we fear, we are choosing a path for our lives that is contrary to God’s desires.

What if David and Benaiah had allowed fear to influence their life decisions?  David may have ended up having a prominent sheep ranch, and Benaiah may have settled down and had a simple life.  We’ll never know for certain, but what we do know is that their willingness to overcome fear was integral to their destinies.

So… Can you imagine your life without fear?

View the entire set of posts in the How To Conquer Fear Series here:

How To Conquer Fear

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

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