Luke 8:37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
Fear is dangerous: it can cause, among other things, a distorted view of reality. We saw that happening when Jesus and his disciples went over to the other side in the ship to the country of the Gadarenes. When he reached there, he was met by a man that was demon possessed. He was in that state for a long time and usually walked around naked and lived among the tombs. Jesus cast out the demons out of the man, and at their request, the demons went into the swines that were located close by. However they all ran violently into the lake and perished there. The news of what Jesus did was noised abroad in that country and rather than receiving the news with gladness, it was received with fear. Luke 8:35 tells us that when the multitude saw the man whom Jesus had delivered sitting at his feet, “they were all afraid”. Because they were gripped by fear they saw the good that Jesus did as a bad thing and so they asked him to leave their country. Instead what was needed was for them to see what Jesus did as an opportunity for more of their residents to be healed and delivered, but they could not find it within themselves to see it like that.
A distorted perspective that causes irrational decision making, is only one negative associated with fear. It also causes inaction; that was seen when the children of Israel were confronted by Goliath, for 40 days (1 Samuel 17) they took no action and that only changed when David came on the scene. Another negative effect of fear is that it results in rebellion against the word of God. In Numbers 14:2, because the 10 spies instilled fear in the people, they could not go up, as the word of God had said, to possess their promised land. If you have been one of those people who struggle with fear and anxiety it is time to break the fear. Why should anyone continue to be a slave to fear?
Life Application: Break fear by praying against it daily, memorizing scriptures that pertain to it and choosing to engage in times of fasting. Bottom line, let the Holy Spirit direct you as to what to do.
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from fear. May I walk in faith and see things from a position of faith instead of fear. In Jesus name, amen.