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faith to shield from fear

Mark 4

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And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

I've been thinking that there's a correlation between fearfulness and lack of faith, and this verse confirms it. We're not supposed to be fearful.

Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Here unbelief is listed as one of the sins of the people who will have a part in the lake of fire... So this fearfulness is definitely wrong. Notice that unbelief is listed right with it: But the fearful, and unbelieving...

The Lord says, Fear not so many times in the Bible. He also says:

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Modern translations translate the word fear as timidity. If I was trying to clarify that it was talking about wrong fearfulness, not about the fear of the Lord, I might have translate that word in that verse, as paranoia.

We see that there's a direct correlation between fearfulness and lack of faith. If we don't want to be wrongfully afraid or paranoid, we need to be taking the shield of faith.

Ephesians 6:16
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
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