There’s a lot to be fearful of in this world today.
Recent events in Paris highlight the fragility of peace and life.
A diagnoses from a doctor can turn your world upside down in seconds.
A sudden job loss can bring waves of fear rushing into your heart and mind.
Life is full of uncertainty; and the possibility of maintaining a peaceful, worry-free life seems far from possible at times.
Fear can be crippling. It keeps us from trusting God. It keeps us living in the future instead of enjoying the present. It maims our faith and poisons our mind. It can even cause physical ailments if we live in it continually.
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God never meant for us to live in fear. Because fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is unbelief, doubt, and discouragement. Faith is belief, certainty,and hope.
Even you are dealing with fear today,here’s some encouragement for you from God’s word:
“God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear.'” (Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT)
Do you see the connection?
Because of what God has said, we can say.
Because God said He won’t fail us, we can say He is our helper.
The cure for fear is not closing your eyes to the reality of life’s tragedies and storms, but rather it’s opening your heart to what God says, His truth, and what His truth gives you.
The cure for fear is taking God at His word. It doesn’t mean you will understand the “whys” and “wherefores” of every situation. It is believing that what God says matters and makes a difference.
The cure for fear is trusting that God is still on the throne is the midst of afflictions. That not only is He one the throne and still in control, but that He is standing right beside you through the whole thing.
The next time you are tempted to let fear grip your heart and pierce your faith, go back to what God says. Read through His promises. Repeat them to yourself and to those around you. You will soon find yourself rejoicing in His truth and fear will shrivel up and float away from you.
Will you feed your fears or starve them? We can either feed our fears and starve our faith, or we can feed our faith and starve our fears. But we can’t feed both at the same time. We feed our faith by taking in God’s truth, His words.
We all will face fear at many points in our lives. It’s what we do with that fear that determines our peace.
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How do you handle your fears?
Share a time when fear took over and squashed your faith. How did you recover?
Share a time when your faith took over and squashed your fear. What was the key to making it happen?
How can you help others fight their fears today?