I used to be a very fearful person. I let everything get to me and everything scared the pants off of me. I was even scared of my own shadow! Fear imprisoned me and made me forget to have faith in anything. I was always future tripping around the fear that contaminated my faith. I allowed it to seep into my mind and cause chaos and confusion. Fear is not of God and it is not natural or He would have given it to me. Fear is just a tool used by the enemy to get me to tolerate it and other negative aspects of life.
God gave me a sound mind, power, and love. Not FEAR. Satan wants me to believe that God’s word isn’t going to work. Fear causes me to lose faith in the things unseen and in turn I draw my own conclusions about how things are going to turn out instead of TRUSTING the Lord!
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
I’m going to give you an example. There was a day at Dillard’s when I was working in the children’s department. I was minding my own business and being obsessive compulsive about the hangers in my department. Just doing what I do. I looked up and saw one of my drug dealers and his girlfriend only a few feet from me. Let me put this into perspective. These people had a hit out on my life. They were not happy with me and they at one time in my life wanted me dead. There were some days I couldn’t move away from my lonely existence on the rotting porch where I lived because I would be killed if I did. And here they were, staring at me. Fear crept right into my little mind and for a split second I considered running. Then the Lord spoke to me and told me to stand right where I was and let Him handle the situation. After they looked like they had seen a ghost, they left their stuff right there on top of a rack and left. So, I went right back to playing with my hangers. And that was that.
If I had allowed fear to take over, Satan would have won, and I would have been peaking out windows in my house in no time flat. I CHOSE TO HAVE FAITH INSTEAD. I CHOSE not to let fear come in and wrack my mind with confusion. I believed that God would protect me even when I didn’t see a way out of my rat trap. Fear goes along with other things that are less dramatic….fear of the future, of finances, rejection, sickness, poverty, the car breaking down, death, etc. IT’S ALL JUST MADE UP STUFF in my head!
I can’t believe God’s word and be fearful at the same time. It doesn’t work. If I am fearful, then I am basically saying that I don’t believe He can do what He says! Here is a mind blowing thought for you: Fear will connect me to the things I fear and faith will connect me the things I believe.
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To further your reading, consider this from:
Romans 8:14-17 – For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
When I became I Christian, I became a part of God’s family. I can go to my Father and ask anything of Him because He has already given me eternal life, salvation, hope, joy, peace, LOVE, and forgiveness all through His Son Jesus! When I am fearful, I shout out to Jesus and He rescues me from that bondage! Today I believe that His Word is TRUTH so I have no fear and my faith is no longer contaminated!