“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4)
Storms will come. It’s inevitable. Storms of circumstances come in many forms, health challenges, relationship troubles, job issues, financial difficulty. These life storms can seem devastating when they happen. Where is Jesus when circumstances blow up a powerful storm in our lives?
Facing Your Fears
Fear is a negative emotion caused by a real or perceived threat to our well-being and may come in different forms. Fear may be healthy, real, emotional, etc. Healthy fear alerts us to danger. It helps us discern safe situations from dangerous ones. Real fear is not based on physical danger. It’s based on something that is irrefutably real. Some examples would be the fear of losing the people we love most, never achieving our dreams, and even the fear of our own death.
Emotional fear may be anxiety or emotional distress. Anxiety means being uneasy and nervous about something we can’t control—an event, person, or problem. Worry is to mentally dwell on difficulty or trouble. This chronic concern is the lowest level of the emotional staircase. Anxiety, uncertainty, anger, and sadness are common feelings when dealing with different stresses such as uncertainty about the future.
Fear often brings on sleepless nights that turn into lifeless days which can lead to exhaustion and the inability to stand in faith. This is a cycle I know only too well. I have been up all night on many occasions wrestling through fear about finances, my children, the future and so on.
Fear will sabotage your destiny if you allow it to remain active in your life. It will take hold of your thoughts, paralyze your forward momentum, destroy your faith, and stifle your God-given destiny.
God has given us power to overcome every obstacle the enemy attempts to set in our way. No matter the circumstance, God has given us power to break the spirit of fear from off of our lives and the strength to fight against and be victorious over the tactics of the enemy in every area of our lives. God has given you power to face and conquer fear with His Word.
The truth will make you free. “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32).
The key is to abide or “hold to his teachings.” To abide is to accept or act in accordance with. If we accept and act in accordance with the truth of the. Word will will be free. The key is to abide or “hold to his teachings.” To abide is to accept or act in accordance with. If we accept and act in accordance with the truth of His Word will will be free from fear.
Romans 8:15 says that the Spirit we have received does not make us “slaves, so that you live in fear again,”
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
We have freedom in Christ. When you are in Christ, He has set you free. The key is if you are in Christ. It’s your choice to walk in the freedom of Christ or live in the bondage fear. It takes effort, yet we are no slaves to fear (Gal. 5:1). Be released from the yoke of bondage and be free in Christ completely.
Note: All Scripture is taken from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.