God doesn’t want us to be prisoners of fear
by Billy Graham
July 18, 2014 10:26 PM | 902 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Q: I’m probably more fearful than most people, but why shouldn’t I be? After all, the world is a scary place and a lot can go wrong. My husband says I shouldn’t be so worried about things, but I can’t help it. I guess it’s just my personality. — Mrs. K.D.

A: Our personalities are all different, and perhaps you do tend to be more fearful than most people. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it -- and in fact you should, because God doesn’t want us to be prisoners of our fears. The Bible says, “Do what is right and do not give way to fear” (1 Peter 3:6).

Some fears are legitimate, of course; we should fear a poisonous snake or a drunk driver, and take steps to avoid them. We also should fear sins that have a grip on our lives, because we know they’ll destroy us. The Bible says to “flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11). But some fears aren’t legitimate — that is, they have no basis in fact.

The key is to learn to trust God, no matter what our fears are. And we can trust Him, because He loves us, and He is greater than anything we’ll ever face. Furthermore, when we know Christ, we know He is with us every moment of the day, and that should give us comfort.

Commit your life to Christ, and then when fears come, turn them over to God. Focus on Christ instead of your fears, and your fears will begin to fade. Remember the Psalmist’s words: “The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

Q: I think all you evangelists are just in it for the money. I watch some of you on TV occasionally, and all you do is ask for money. Religion is just a fraud as far as I’m concerned. Why should I listen to any of you? — A.L.

A: I’m very sorry if the questionable behavior of a few has turned you against God. The Bible’s standard is clear, not just for those who are called to be evangelists, but also for all believers: “Walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness” (1 Kings 9:4).

But I can’t help but wonder if this is your real problem -- or if you’re only using it as an excuse to keep God out of your life. Do you refuse to consult a lawyer just because a few aren’t honest? Do you refuse to visit a restaurant just because a few aren’t clean? Do you refuse to get on an airplane because one occasionally crashes? Neither should you turn your back on God because a few who claim to follow Him don’t live up to their calling.

No Christian is perfect; we all need God’s forgiveness and grace. But so do you, whether you admit it or not. This is why I urge you to look at Jesus Christ. He alone is perfect, and He alone can change our lives and give us hope for the future. The reason is because He was God in human flesh, sent from heaven to save us from our sins.

Don’t let your pride, or your love of sin, or anything else keep you from facing your need for Christ. As I often say, don’t gamble with your soul. The Bible says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it” (Matthew 7:13).

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.

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