For much of my life, my brain automatically goes to the risks and fears of any given opportunity when it is presented to me. While I think that wisdom is necessary and prudent, one of the realizations I have had over the past ten years is that I can allow fear to rule my decisions if I am not operating in the fullness and freedom of the Holy Spirit.
Last year for example, I was offered the opportunity to go back to a village in Peru where we sponsor a child (whom I love, by the way!) My first thought was, "Oh no, what if..." and you name it, I concocted every reason why I couldn't go. In the end and after many hours of prayer, I hopped on that plane and had a blast visiting the village, our sponsored child (plus added another child!) and worked for Jesus. When I came back home, I was so excited that God had given me the courage and strength to overcome my fears and serve Him.
Scripture clearly teaches that fear is not from God in I Timothy:
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
In other words, when we are fearful, we are not full of God's power, love, and sound mind. Ouch!
While you may be like me and have a natural default setting that triggers the fear button in your spirit, we can overcome this! His answer is Jesus.
John 16:33 says,
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!"
One of the ways I deal with fear based thoughts is to write down the thing I'm scared of and just hash it out on paper. I ask God to show me the truth about it. I pray for the Holy Spirit to change my heart. I often find that within a few days, I feel less anxious. By staring fear in the eye and combating it with truth, we can overcome it. We are not victims and are not bound by the chains of fear. It's when we tackle this issue head on, that we can be assured we are Wholly Healthy.
My Prayer: God, thank you for reminding me again that I am not a victim of fear, but an over comer. I pray for careful filtering of my thoughts by the Holy Spirit. God, show me when I am operating in fear and not faith. Jesus, thank you that even on the cross, you remained fearless. We choose to rebuke the spirit of fear and send it to the foot of the cross, in Jesus name!