“The fears are paper tigers”
Fear in the right situations is good and provides us with a healthy caution. But more often it just produces undue stress and anxiety. It will often start as a mere thought that then creates emotions that then impact our decisions and actions.
Fear is a weapon of the enemy. He uses it to manipulate our behaviour. Fear can stop us from walking in our destiny and can destroy our enjoyment of life. And that is exactly what the enemy wants to achieve!
Fear is after our faith. In fact fear is the opposite of faith. It causes us to doubt God and to make our fears the loudest voice in our lives. When we are in faith, it opens the door for God to work in our lives. Fear does the opposite and gives the enemy control.
We need to learn not to fear the fear! To see our fears as paper tigers. For paper tigers cannot harm us. For fear is not reality. It says in Psalm 23 “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” A shadow, like paper tigers cannot cause us harm, for God is there with us.
We need to face our fears with faith.
“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, NIV)
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)