Words such as fear, worry, and anxiety were never meant to be a part of our vocabulary let alone our lives. Yet, millions of people live with fear each day. What are we are afraid of that is preventing us from living? Are you scared of waking up to an intruder in the middle of the night? Perhaps it’s flying on an airplane. Maybe it’s the fear of sending your child off to college. Perhaps, your greatest fear is failure so you don’t try at all. Most of us can find something that haunts us.
Have you ever thought about this? Fear robs you. It robs you of your peace
And it robs you of opportunities.
For example, I’ve often wondered about the eleven disciples who stayed in the boat instead of stepping out onto the water like Peter. They missed an amazing opportunity to walk on water with Christ! Sadly, most people stay in the safety of the boat their entire lives and wonder why life seems so empty, miserable, and dull. Those o f us who are living with anxiety are living below the mark of what they were created to be. Worry, and its accompanying emotions, are not and never were, part of God’s plan for His children. Unfortunately, most people go through life missing opportunities because they’re afraid to really live the way God intended.
I have good news. You can develop a faith that is stronger than all your fear.
Step one: Recognize fear for what it is by using this acronym.
Most of your fears are false. While the sting of fright feels real, in truth, it’s merely the “what if” that’s gets our heart pounding. It’s important for you and me to determine if our fears are real or simply false evidence appearing real. If it’s a real concern, I heed its warning like not going near a vicious dog. On the other hand, if my worry is false, then I know I need to take that thought captive. How?
2 Corinthians 10:2 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” I say something like this. “Lord, I know this fear is not from you. In obedience, I take this thought captive. (Sometimes I reach up and grab the air as if I’m literally taking captive my fearful thought) Since this worry is not from you, God, I choose not to entertain it. (Repeat if necessary.)
This week, I’ll be writing on the topic of my book, An Untroubled Heart; Finding A Faith Stronger Than All My Fear. I’ll also share my story on Moody Radio with Susie Larson this Friday from 2:30-3:00CST. It’s a live interview with call-in’s. I’d love to hear from you! During the interview, Susie will give away a few copies of my book. I’ll also give away a few copies on my site. To win, call into the radio on Friday. To enter to win on my site, leave a commit.
Host – Live the Promise with Susie Larson
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Either way—blog or radio—I hope you’ll join in the conversation. Perhaps you’ve already realized that most of your fears are false. I’d love to hear your story. For others, today may be the first time you’ve come to this knowledge. If so, how do you think it will help you in your struggle with fear?