The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is...
Cutting off the power fear has over us
I was driving down the street, on my way to do the afternoon school pick up and I was fretting, fearing something…again…. It was not uncommon for me and I can’t even tell you what was specifically tormenting me on that particular day. Fear was often my companion – in the car, while getting ready in the morning, as I kissed loved ones good-bye and as I laid down each night. It’s embarrassing to say, but it felt normal to be fearful.
I had been fearful since my pre-school days. I do remember days before fear came, being blessed with an unusual amount of early childhood memories. I remember being a happy toddler, singing and loving life. But then a series of events took place between the ages of three and five: A teen boy next door terrorized me with a snake and threatened to beat me with a belt; I was attacked by a neighborhood dog and it dragged me across a yard; a series of three electrical fires broke out in our home; my family experienced a financial crisis and we lost our home.
Somewhere in the turmoil, fear came, promising to protect me, but instead it took every ounce of stability I had left.
Although I speak of fear as a definite entity, I realize that fear is often just an emotion people feel. For me, it had become more, though I was blinded at the time from that reality.
In my previous blog post, I ended with the sentence, “In that place of trusting the Lord we will find fear losing its grip on our minds and we will actually find ourselves safer than ever.”
It is a fascinating truth to realize: nothing makes us more susceptible to what we fear than fear! We see this repeatedly in Scripture:
· Nehemiah speaks of the intimidation of his enemies and the motivation behind their fear tactics: “For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done’” (Nehemiah 6:9).
· When Assyria first comes against Israel their first goal is: “to frighten and terrify them, in order that they might take the city” (2 Chronicles 32:18).
· There is recognition, even among non-believers, that fear weakens us: “Then the officials said to the king, ‘Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm’” (Jeremiah 38:4).
There is a spiritual reality connected to fear that enables our enemy to gain access to us – even victory over us – as we give way to fear. I believe it is because fear robs us of our faith.
When we fear, we shift our focus to what we fear and away from our loving, aware, Almighty Heavenly Father. With the shift in focus, there is a shift in our stability, much like the instability we experience when we shift our focus from the horizon at the beach to the fluctuating motion of the waves at our feet.
I want to help you get your focus back so stability can return to your life. Fear is a lie and the best way to defeat a lie is with the truth. And there is no greater, more powerful truth than the Truth of God’s Word. I have put together a list of fighting Scriptures for you to use in the battle against fear. This list is assembled in a FREE PRINTABLE! It is available to all my Subscriber Friends. To become a Friend, click here!
“…take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” Ephesians 6:17