Romans 15:4 tells us: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
What is the difference between doubt, worry and fear in the Christian life? Doubt has to do with resistance to past insights from God and His Word spoken to me in the past. Fear has to do with my hesitation in responding to God and His Word in the present. If doubt has to do with what God said in the past, and fear has to do with how I’m relating to Him in the present, then worry deals with my perceptions of what He will do in the future. Dr. Adrian Rogers has noted that worry is a mild form of atheism. When one really thinks about it - doubt, fear and worry are species of unbelief.
These three emotional and spiritual states are weaponry used by the enemy to plague the people of God. The Christian's spiritual warfare includes battling these species of unbelief that want to run uncorralled in the human heart. When left untamed, doubt, fear and worry will contribute to blurring our vision of God and His character.
I would encourage you to turn to Psalm 37 note some incredible verses that gives the believer the arsenal needed to defeat doubt, worry and fear.
So if you are in the midst of darkness, note that God’s word gives you provision to enjoy an open heaven, a noonday sun despite the midnight of your circumstance. Psalm 37:7 tells us to “rest in the Lord” and in verse 8 to “cease from anger”. We are not promised immunity from trouble, however we are given the “rest of God” whereby we can rise above doubt, worry and fear.
3. Winning the battle (by knowing that God is fighting for you)