Don’t be scared

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Scary movies are not my thing. There is absolutely nothing about watching exorcisms, massacres or mutant-causing epidemics that appeal to me. In fact, more than just their lack of appeal, they terrify me. Not for long, though. I may only spend one night with my covers all the way up to my eyeballs; but still, that’s too much.

For those of you, like me, which I’d gather is quite a few, I thought I’d offer some encouraging words. Not my own words, since the “It’s going to be okay,” and “Don’t be afraid” phrases tend to ring hallow (pun intended), but Biblical words, since their impact can “divide soul and spirit (Heb. 4:12)” and all that good stuff.

Throughout the Bible, we see the command to “fear God (Eccl. 12:13, 1 Pet. 2:17, etc.).” This is a healthy type of fear. It is a call to reverence and respect for God, because He is all-powerful and all- knowing. Jer. 32:17 says, “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” For this reason alone, we should not fear anything, because God has the ultimate control.

There is another type of fear that God addresses in the Bible and that is the fear of things of this world, whether it be people, persecution, failure, or even ghosts, goblins and ghouls. This type of fear, seizes us but is really vaporous.

Probably one of the most recited, as well as most applicable, verses to this

type of fear is II Timothy 1:7. It says, “… for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” This verse is included in a letter which Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage him to advance the Gospel, but also shows us that God is not the giver of fear.

A further scripture on fear is 1 John 4:16-18, which reads, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

And, one more…

Matthew 10:28-31 says, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?

And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

The reason we can have no fear is if we have trust in God’s love for us. So, in lieu of the Halloween season, when spooky things come to the forefront of our minds, I hope this enumeration of verses helps you to not be scared, and instead, focus upon the love God has for us and showed to us through the sacrifice of His son.

About Jenny Miner

I am a journalism major and long-time Banner staff member and will, this year, be serving as the Editor-in-Chief. I just returned from an intense semester in Washington, DC, where I learned a lot about the future of journalism. I am looking forward to one last year working for The Banner and am hopeful that the team will make great strides in keeping up with the rapidly changing journalism field, as well as do our job to keep the CBU community informed about all news California Baptist University.

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