“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.” Psalm 91:5 NIV
Read: Psalm 91
As kids, “I double dog dare you!” was a phrase we never wanted to hear. It echoed in our ears at a time we were too scared to act. Sometimes, the fear was for good reason and sometimes the fear was from Satan himself.
What we call fear may not be fear at all, but instead a good judgment of what we should and should not be doing. The other fear is being afraid of something which we have no reason to fear.
The fear which is good judgment is not really fear at all. It is respect. I met a south Texas rancher who said he was not afraid of rattlesnakes. He said he had a deep respect for them and gave them a wide berth.
What things in your life do you give a wide berth out of logical respect? And what things in this life to you have a fear that comes from Satan? We don’t have to fear those things that seem like obstacles and we don’t need to be ‘double dog dared’. All we need to do is to trust GOD.
Satan can turn simple fears into phobias. If we allow them, phobias can alter our relationship with others and with GOD. GOD gave us the common sense to know the difference in fears that plague us and in the respect for things which can really hurt us as well as respect for all that can help us. If you are not sure which is which, ask GOD.
Today’s prayer: “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for giving me the ability to discern fear and respect. Help me today to reject the fears which come only from Satan. Be with me as I live my life for YOU. Amen.”