Philippians 1:27 "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in... Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me."
This is going to be short:
There should be no fear on the heart of the Christian. Fear can only enter when the trouble we face becomes our focus and Jesus is lost sight of.
Paul was in prison and the assault against followers of Christ coming from both religious and political forces was indeed real. However from his prison cell Paul wrote to the Philippians that they should in no way be terrified by their adversaries. Why should they? Why should we? To live is Jesus and to die is gain! The only things this world can take from us are temporary but life with Jesus is eternal and any victories for evil will be short lived.
My favourite author describes the night Jesus was crossing the Sea of Galilee with His disciples and a violent storm arose. Storms are enemies that easily humble us to submission. As the storm raged the disciples were frantically doing everything they could to survive. She says they were so busy trying to save the boat and save themselves that they competely forgot He was right there with them. What was He doing? He was sleeping. Why? Because His Father had told Him He would cross to the other side. He had perfect peace because He believed His Father.
Christians should never be afraid. Father says we are going to safely cross to the other side. If He is for us who or what could possibly be against us?
"He will keep him or her in perfect peace who's mind is stubborn for Him because they believe in Him." Isaiah 26:3