Friday, April 5, 2013

on fear

gripped by fear.
it's the worst feeling.
it nags at me.
fills my head with lies.
old wounds.
doubt.
new risks.

i know what scripture says about fear.
i read the verses often.
i'm sure you know them too.

he has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. 
on him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.
2 Corinthians 1:10

so we say with confidence,
"the lord is my helper; i will not be afraid.
what can man do to me?"
Hebrews 13:6

for God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

but do i really believe them?
do i live like i believe them?
i would love to say yes.
i would love to say when fear creeps in i go straight to the Word and poof. it's gone.
the truth is i struggle with it.
i let my mind take me on a wild ride of ups and downs.
my emotions spiral through all the what ifs.
our minds are crazy that way right?
i can over think a situation like nobody's business.

here is what i DO know. 
my hope is in the Lord only.
even when i worry about the future.
when i'm afraid of how i would cope with being let down i know He has planned better for me.
i was not made to fear.
He delights in seeing me have full confidence in what He has told me.
i stand firm in my belief of what it says in these scriptures.
He has not given me a spirit of fear, man cannot harm me when i am living in his love and mercy, and He will deliver me.
always.
without fail.
no matter the circumstances.
i pray you know he promises to do the same for you.

and if you're like me and sometimes need a little stronger language to get the message through?
this should handle it for you.

strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
"be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution he will come to save you."
Isaiah 35:3-4

bam.
now let's live like we know it.


3 comments:

Danielle Wilson said...

Thank you for posting this! I am constantly fighting my fears and this was so encouraging to read. Have a great day!

Leslie @ top of the page said...

yes. this is so good because these truths are so powerful!! also, did you see The Croods? well, we saw it today, and it is ALL about living in fear versus actually living. great themes and we all liked it.

Katie Cook said...

Amen! This is So good:) Thanks for sharing!!