Fear, do you know it? It’s such a small word but one that can cripple you in so many ways. We all experience fear at some point in our lives, but there is a big difference between fear, as in being scared which is a normal human emotion, and living in fear of the unknown and allowing that to encapsulate you.
In order the get a better understanding of fear, let’s look at the definition of it. Fear is being afraid of someone or something as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening and a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone. After reading the above definition, how many of you can pinpoint some form of fear in your life? I know I can in several different aspects of my life. For example, I go through trials of fear regarding my finances, whether or not I’m parenting my children right, and sometimes I get this sense of fear for no apparent reason. It happens to all of us as fear does not discriminate.
In my opinion, fear is evil; fear is the devil’s hold on us while he is trying to distract you from trusting God’s plan. Fear will always be there but it’s how you rise above it that matters. There are many times in the Bible that God instructs us, “Do not be afraid.” When you focus on the fear and put so much energy into it, it leaves you exhausted, hopeless, and your faith depleted.
Here are 2 ways to help you conquer fear:
Having faith is one of the most important ways to overcome fear. I say this because when you are full of faith, fear has no choice but to flee. Faith is the complete trust or confidence in God and believing his plan is always for good. Sometimes you will have to step out in faith, not knowing what the outcome will be, and trust that God will be there on the other side waiting for you. I personally have had to step out in faith several times, and, sure enough, God was there the whole time along with his blessings—all because I did not let fear hold me back. Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Remembering that God is always with us and never leaves us alone helps bring me comfort and encouragement even when I struggle to feel strong and courageous.
Choosing God over fear is the easiest way to define trust. God promises that his ways are always better (Isaiah 55:8-9). We are not created to understand everything. Otherwise, we would not seek him and his wisdom. I love what Proverbs 3:5 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” It reassures me that God is in control and he has it all worked out but also reminds me that I have to trust him.
It’s my prayer, dear reader, that you can find the strength and hope to overcome fear and live a life that is full of awesomeness and abundantly blessed by God. Don’t let fear hold you back any longer. It’s time to be fearless by having faith and trusting God to keep his promises to you. Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear, so go after it with the grit and grace you have within you.
Don’t miss the story of this brave woman’s faith in a recent podcast episode from This Grit and Grace Life: Hardship Hit This Singer’s Life and She Chose to Fight! with Cameron James Pt. 1 – 048!
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