As we continue to walk through the Scriptures exploring the topic of fear, occasionally new material will pop up from previously addressed sections of Scripture as new insight comes. This week’s brand new Fearless Friday is from a Scripture we looked from 10/7 to 11/4, 2011. You can search these posts out or scroll to the dates to review the rest of the posts from Deuteronomy 20.
Deuteronomy 20:3-4 MSG … “Attention, Israel. In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. (4) GOD, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.”
The command given here is, “Don’t Panic.” The NKJV says, “…do not tremble,…” The Hebrew is châphaz, which means to be terrified, alarmed, to flee, to be in a hurry. Panic is one of the ways that fear manifests and panic is also one of the ways fear multiplies.
Panic is defined as a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior. When panic sets in, wave after wave of emotion pulsates through an individual generally fear, and/or a barrage of thoughts flutter through their mind like machine gun fire. Focus is difficult to maintain because of the onslaught of thoughts and emotions that then drive irrational or hysterical behavior.
Panic can causes people to make rash decisions, like impetuously making a big purchases of things they’re not sure they want nor afford because of the fear of “losing out”. In a battle, it can cause a soldier to stand up and run in the middle of a gun fight. It can also cause people to simply decide to not make any decisions and to flee the situation that triggered the fear and retreat to the seclusion of their home.
God doesn’t want you to be tremble or be terrified, and He doesn’t want us to panic. Part of the solution to dealing with panic is to already have the answer to the situation concrete within you so that you do not waver in your resolve. You need to have ONE specific Truth in that moment to focus on in the midst of the whirlwind going on within you. Anything more will just further add to the confusion. One thought, one truth from God’s Word pertaining to you and your situation to speak or concentrate on so you will not waver in your resolve, but will stay steady concerning His promise toward you. If you are prone to panic about sickness/disease, find ONE Scripture or account of healing from the vast multitude in the Word that really strikes a chord with you and get it in your heart. If it’s people, money, or pressure… do the same thing. The key is to have ONE Solid thought/promise/REALITY to put yourself in remembrance of, then do it.
When your mind begins to wander and the sense of being overwhelmed and panic tries to set in again, immediately think back on YOUR Scripture from HIS Word. Here in Deuteronomy 20:1-4, the thought the men going into battle were to keep in their minds and in their hearts was, “God is for me.” Preparation is the key to overcoming panic. Prepare yourself with His Word and Fear Not!
Philippians 4:8 NKJV Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.