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Fear Not, Fret Not, Faint Not

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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Not only does the Bible tells us to do something, but it also tells us things not to do. If we want to grow spiritually, there are three things the Bible tells us not to do.

The Bible tells us in three different places not to do the following things:

  • Fear not.
  • Fret not.
  • Faint not.

It is easier to obey the above commands if we trust God to never leave us nor forsake us as the Bible states in several places. It will be easy to refrain from fearing, fretting, and fainting, especially when we think of the benefits of obeying God.

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The expression "fear not" is in the Bible about 365 times. That means people are not to fear any day of the entire calendar year. Whenever it is written in the Bible "fear not," it is almost always followed by a promise or an encouraging word. God does not tell us not to do something without encouraging us to replace it with something else to do.

According to Isaiah 41:10, we are to exchange fear for faith because God is always with us.

"Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God."

We are to fear not for a couple of reasons.

  1. God is our God
  2. God is with us.

Do not confuse the definition of "fear" which means to honor God with the word "fear" which means to be afraid of something. In the command to fear not, it means not to be afraid.

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We can't help from fretting from time to time because there is so much evil in the world that upsets us. We fret because we are powerless to stop the evil that goes on in our family, on our job, and even in our church. There are people who seek to do us harm. There are distractions all around us. We fret when we have no control over those things and people. Therefore, fretting is the only response we know to do about those negative things. Even though we fret, the Bible tells us not to do evil.

"Fret not yourself in any wise to do evil."

Psalm 37 mentions not to fret two times.

  1. Fret not because of evildoers, according to Psalm 37:1.
  2. Psalm 37:8 tells us that we need not do evil just because others are doing evil.

Surely, we are concerned when we hear about people robbing banks, setting houses and churches on fire, and the many mass school shootings in our country. Instead of fretting over those terrible things, the Bible clearly says we are to replace our fretting with faith.

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It is so easy to give up when things get tough. If we give up, then we will get nothing for our efforts of trying to hang in there for so long during trying times.

Galatians 6:9 gives us much encouragement. It tells us that if we continue to stand in the midst of trials and tribulation, then we will reap a harvest in due season provided we do not faint.

So if you want to grow spiritually and have something to show for your labor, continue to stand firm until harvest time because it will eventually come.

"Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not."

The word "faint" in this scripture does not mean to fall out from weakness or because you are sick. It means "giving up." If we want to grow spiritually and succeed in life, then we need to "faint not." In other words, when we reach the end of our rope, we should tie a knot and hold on.

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Our Christian maturity is based on the three biblical principles cited above. We are to fear not, fret not, and faint not.

  • We should renounce fear and replace it with faith.
  • We should renounce fretting and replace it with faith.
  • Finally, we should renounce any fainting on our part and replace it with faith.

Faith is what will keep us growing spiritually when it takes the place of fearing, fretting and fainting!

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