Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Sometimes fear is completely understandable and appropriate. For example, trying to walk across a busy highway is likely going to evoke some fear. Completely appropriate!
But sometimes our fear can paralyze us into stagnation and hinder us from growth.
I remember being a little girl and I would be petrified in my room because I believed someone was standing in there. I would be too afraid to cry out for my mom. But I also didn’t have enough courage to leave the room. I would put the covers over my head and try to go back to sleep. Usually to no avail. And then as light began to shine into the darkness of my room I would see that the dreadful stranger was really a bathrobe or some random combination of objects.
That was a situation where my eyes played tricks on me and my emotion fueled my false perception to create negative thoughts.
How often does that happen to you? Are you letting fear fuel false perceptions to create negative thoughts?
- What if I’m not good enough?
- What if I fail?
- Other people are better than me so why try?
- Who do I think I am?
These are all thoughts that can get in the way of following God’s path for us or trying something new to explore our talents.
Last weekend my family and I watched, “Facing the Giants” for our family movie. It has a great message and goes along with the topic of fear and not allowing doubt to hinder your ability. In the movie, one of the boys was talking to his dad about wanting to join the football team but not being sure he was going to make it. The dad said, “Son, you’re already not on the team. You can’t be any more not on the team.”
I found that line to be such a great nugget. How often are we worried we are going to not make the “team” in whatever capacity that means for you? But you’re currently not on the team anyway.
Did you know that the bible states the phrase “do not be afraid” 70 times in the NIV translation?!
I love the song The Voice of Truth by Casting Crown, which talks about overcoming fear by listening to God – our voice of truth.
Here are some of the lyrics:
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out his hand
But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win”
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
Take the time to read the below bible scriptures and truly focus on what they are saying to you. Some passages may touch you differently than others. Writing down the verses in your own hand is helpful for some individuals. Possibly looking up the verses in your own bible may be beneficial. I use a NIV bible translation. Or reading them over and over to commit to memory. Whatever method works best for you to experience God’s words and feel closer to Him.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The who fears in not made perfect in love.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
I sincerely pray that these verses help you release the grips of fear on your heart and go forward with God’s strength and courage.
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