From time to time in our lives, we all face fear. Fear of the future. Fear of the past. Fear of the unknown. Fear is real and can suck the life out of us but, as Christians, we must realize that fear is the opposite of faith and must be dealt with swiftly and severely with God’s Word.
In John 16:33, Jesus says,
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage ; I have overcome the world.”
The words, “take courage” really prick my heart because there are times that I give in to thinking about my fears. Jesus uses the words, “take courage” as a command to act boldly and confidently.
Bruce Lee said, “Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to act in the presence of fear.”
Jesus knows we have fears, but He expects us to trust in Him and His plan in spite of our fears. This simple act of surrender at the foot of the cross begins to shape our heart into that of a faith filled one instead of a heart ruled by fear and anxiety.
As Christians, we should surround ourselves with other people who are encouragers (people who speak life and love into our lives). Then it is crucial to create an arsenal of truth- Bible verses, note cards, wise statements about our situations so that when we become more emotional than rational, we have something tangible to refer to. Those truths can bring us back to our rational minds when we are overwhelmed by fear.
Dear friends, I do not stand before you saying that I have overcome my fears, but as a fellow sojourner, I understand how you feel. When you have lived a life where fear is your first response, it takes a lot of retraining to turn that default around, but with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)
My Prayer: God, thank you for reminding us to take courage! We choose to walk in obedience to Your Word. Holy Spirit, bathe our hearts in truth and faith today. Spirit of fear, we command you to go to the foot of the cross. Lord, send comfort and peace in abundant blessings today to those who pray this prayer. Fill every empty space with your presence. Your children choose to walk in truth and light courageously and boldy. We nail our fears to the cross and will focus on truth, In Jesus name!