Fear. It’s that one thing that can send shivers down your spine and paralyze your present. And it’s not from God. It’s not of God. God wants nothing to do with it.
I’ve been really wrestling with this one. Isn’t is so easy to fall into fear. Fear of the future, the biopsy results, being alone, living life without having children of your own. I find myself being halted daily by thoughts of what if’s. But this isn’t how God wants us to live. This isn’t a life reflecting the grace of a Savior. When we become Christians we accept the fact that Jesus died for our sins and that means accepting the fact that we aren’t going to be punished for anything we have done wrong. He took it all. But it’s easy to wander and wonder. It’s easy to start to believe the lie that maybe the bad things happening to us are our fault. That somehow we deserve all this pain and suffering and grief.
But I won’t have it. I’m tired of believing these lies. So I’m going to reread these scriptures until it becomes so engrained in my brain that fear has no room. There is no fear in love. And GOD IS LOVE.
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,”
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?”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do no be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”