The T shirt said "No Fear". That's a bold statement. Of course, we all know if you wear it on your T shirt it has to be true...I'm sure most wore it as a fashion statement or maybe some hoped that it would work as some form of counter measure like a "Beware of Dog" sign on the front yard fence. However, I think many were guilty of false advertising. Fear is a big battle on most home fronts.
Fear of failure.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of dying.
Fear of ____________________.
You can fill in the blank. Most of us have a few to pick from. I think of Elijah who faced down the 400 prophets of Baal, called down fire from heaven then fled for his life in fear of the threats of Jezebel. That's the way a lot of us are. Great strengths...glaring weakness.
Some fears are a little humorous. Google "phobias" and you'll discover an amazing list that makes you understand why the "No Fear" T shirt was probably so popular.
Read Psalm 3. David was one of my "No Fear" heroes. When things were growing more threatening by the moment, he faced his fears with great faith in the ability of God. He knew some important things about God.
God was his protector.
God was his provider.
God was his Savior.
God was his defender.
That's why he was able to boldly declare, "I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about."
You see, the ability to say "No Fear" doesn't come from the inner understanding of who you are. It comes from the insight and revelation of who He is. Fear is, simply put, a lack of knowledge in the character of God. The more we know Him, the more we can say, "No Fear".
Wanna meet me here in the morning?