identify your fears
Were you ever told as a child not to cross your eyes because your face may end up stuck like that? I’m sure many a child held on to that fear!
Do you remember any childhood fears? My older sister could produce screams of terror from me with threats of the boogie man coming to snatch me away from my bed! It’s amazing to realize the frightening imaginations that took root in us as children because of the taunts of others. Words are powerful. Words attached to fear can be paralyzing.
For every scenario there is a phobia. Perhaps you can identify with altophobia, the fear of heights. Or, there’s aviophobia, the fear of flying. Many people we know deal with metathesiophobia, the fear of changes.
But here is my challenge today: Put any fear to rest. How do I do that, you ask? You first identify the fear(s) within you then tell it good-bye. Send it back to where it came from- the pit of hell. Fear is not of God (2 Timothy 1:7), but it is an issue that is important to Him. He wants His servants to have faith in His presence and repeatedly states in His Word that because of His presence, we can live unafraid.
If you characterize yourself as a person who regularly deals with fear, your best prescription is to be a disciple of God’s Word. Truth needs to replace every vain imagination that has rooted itself in your mind and heart and goes against the knowledge of God.
Author and speaker, Beth Moore, describes a deeply rooted fear that God allowed her to realize. She feared not being able to sense His presence, and when the fear materialized, she felt as though she was having a nervous breakdown. Moore endured a dark season but eventually came through to the other side. The Father gently taught her that the fear she had held on to for so long was not the death of her as she always had imagined it would be.
This makes me wonder, does God allow us to realize our fears so that we can get on with exalting Him above everything else in all creation? Think about it. Has it already happened in your life? I lived through a house fire, something that plagued my dreams when a child. My husband recently was bitten by a snake while running a wooded trail. He’s a brave man but never would hesitate to tell you that has always been a fear.
I’m not going to make a doctrine out of this thought, but I am going to seek greater diligence to the Word of God by taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ. The knowledge of God’s Presence, His power, and His plan to prosper His children are the evidence we need to do away with every fear.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God (Isaiah 41:10).