Fear is a powerful emotion. It disrupts our thoughts and decreases our productivity. Fears waste our time and energy. Relationships with our spouse, families, co-workers and friends suffer. Constant worry also contributes to a host of health problems. Fear can keep us up at night and shut us down during the day. It robs us of our peace, our dreams, our relationships, our joy and the present. (Can anybody relate?!)
Mostly, fear indicates a lack of trust in God and hampers our relationship with Him. The good news is we don’t have to allow this destructive emotion control our lives. We can experience peace beyond human comprehension. Sound good?
First, take a few minutes to read my devotion, “Fearing the Unknown” and you’ll discover that worrying about the future posses two problems:
- ) the future is not here—robbing us of the present; and 2.) the future is not ours to control.
It took me a long time to realize that I was wasting time worrying about my son’s future when he needed me today. While I had no control over the future, I could control the present. Instead of allowing fear to rob my son of his mom’s attention, I chose to read him a book, play a game, or ride bikes instead. Matthew tells us, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (6:34).
Secondly, you and I overcome anxiety by “right” thinking. Our thoughts directly affect how anxious we feel. What we think determines how we will live—by faith or by fear. Phil 4:8 tells us to think on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, and anything praise worthy.”
God never promised us a life free from adversity. But we can experience His supernatural peace in the midst of suffering. I’m learning that nothing happens without God’s permission. If the Lord allows it, then it’s for my benefit. That means if someone harms me, I don’t have to be afraid. I don’t have to seek revenge. I don’t even have to let it hurt my feelings. By believing that God is in control of all my circumstances and disappointments, provides peace in the face of fear. By resting in the truth of Romans 8:28, “For God causes all things to work together for good…” fear loses its sting.
Thirdly, we must pray right. The bible teaches us to pray about everything and in all situations. I like Peter’s advice found in 1 Peter 5:7.
Finally, we must live right. Many mask their fears with drugs, alcohol, work, or other distractions.
Commit your worries to God. Determine to mediate on His truths and surrender control of your life to Him. The Lord will give you the grace to overcome your fears.
Because I long for you to have a faith stronger than all your fears, I’m giving away a signed copy of my book, An Untroubled Heart, today. Simply leave a commit along with your email address to enter to win.
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