Fear, Idolatry and Losing What We Love

There is a direct correlation between fear, anxiety, and idolatry.
You fear when your kingdom is being threatened.
You fear when your idols are being crushed.
I have ultimately been encouraged by the thought and knowledge that all things come from God and that he is working all things out for the good of those who work according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

If all things work together for my good, then that must mean feelings of anxiety and fear are working for my good.

How?

They are bright red indicators to what my hearts desire is.
I fear the most when I trust the least.
If perfect love casts out fear and I feel fearful, there is an area of my life that I am refusing to give over to Jesus.

Indicators of idolatry.
What do you fear most?
Loss of comfort? Then you love comfort more than Jesus.
Loss of a job? Then you love security more than Jesus.
Negative bank account numbers? Then you love money more than Jesus.
Relationships? You seek affirmation from something that is going to die instead of the eternal security and affirmation we receive through Christ Jesus.

Consider this.
When you fear seek the root cause and repent.
If He is working all things for the good of those who work according to His purpose and if from Him are all things, then though the enemy uses fear as a weapon, it is ultimately for your good.
Take the enemy’s weapon flip it and go on the attack.
Use fear to your advantage by pressing hard into Jesus.
Use it as an indicator and repent.
He is faithful to forgive and steadfast in His love.


scripture to consider
Romans 8:28
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[h] for those who are called according to his purpose.

Philippians 4:6-7
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 John 4:16-19

16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.19 We love because he first loved us.

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