Fearing The Unknown

Have you ever felt fear?  Has this fear been so overwhelming that it has deeply affected your life?

There is solid ground on which we can stand when the unthinkable happens.  I want to give you 4 ways we can overcome fear and place our feet on that solid ground.

Fear has been something that has greatly affected my life.  I spent years praying to God asking Him to not let anything bad happen to me or those I love.

This prayer increased tenfold when my children came along.   I sent up desperate prayers asking God not to let them get hurt. My prayers ranged from “don’t let them be bullied” to “don’t let them get murdered, raped or molested”.  I prayed and prayed that God would prevent any of those things from happening.

The fear of the unknown can be very destructive.  It can shape all kinds of decisions we make in our lives and not necessarily for the better.

So how do we live in a world where scary things do happen and not be overcome with fear of what might be?

Firstly, God doesn’t promise that bad things wont happen to us, John 16:33.  There will be difficult things that we need to overcome. But His promise is that He will be with us always and that He will be our strength, Isaiah 41:10. Read my post “Raging Storms” to learn more about two truths to hold onto during the storm.

I’m sure each and every one of us could tell at least one story of something terrible that has happened to us.

But what is important to remember is that we have had the ability to get through it because of God.  Some of us have even been able to see the good that has come out of a painful situation.

I would like to share with you 4 important ways we can fight overwhelming fear in our lives.

  1. Prayer: Proverbs 18:10 tells us to call upon the name of the Lord. There is power and strength in the name of Jesus.  Because God cares for us He wants us to share our fears with Him, 1 Peter 5:7.

  2. The Word: When we know God’s word and His promises we are able to exchange our fearful thoughts with the powerful truth of God’s word.

  3. Worship: Worshipping connects our heart and mind with God in such a way that fear is extinguished.  Singing songs about our love for him and His love for us casts out that fear, 1 John 4:18.

  4. Serving: This might sound like a silly idea but focusing our attention beyond ourselves and our situation when we’re struggling with fear allows us to get a fresh perspective and manage our emotions in a healthier way.

Fear has no grip on your life when you take your fears to God.

God hears the concerns of your heart and He desires His love and peace to replace the fear and set you free.


Lord,

Fear is not of You.  You have given me a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.   I acknowledge that and receive it today.

Amen



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