We were not put on this earth to live in fear. Today there are many fear producing elements (social media, the news, etc) So I wanted to share a few things from God’s words to use in those moments of fear and or anxiety.
First off let's start off with the definition of FEAR. Fear is the belief that something BAD is going to happen. The opposite of fear is FAITH. A definition of faith is the belief that something GOOD is going to happen. We all get to choose which side we will land on. We can choose whether we will feed into fear or starve it. That is our choice we get to make every day or in every moment of anxiety or fear. It is a lot easier said than done to make that choice daily, but through God who gives us the strength anything is possible.
Something that gives me so much peace is that God does not produce feelings of fear or anxiety. These moments of fear are not made from God. He is not the one who puts these emotions or feelings into us. God does not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and of a sound mind. God has told us over 100 times in His Word not to be afraid. He tells us not to fear because He is in control. He is our refuge and strength and He is our help in times of trouble.
The key ingredient to overcoming fear is not just speaking to it, but speaking to it in Jesus’s name. It's vital to trust God while you’re still afraid. This is where the faith part comes back into play. Once we are able to break through the fear, God gives us such an amazing presence of peace.
Isaiah 35:4 says “Say to those with fearful hearts be strong, do not fear. Your God will come”
John 14:27 says “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not not be afraid”
Joshua 1:9 says “This is my command- be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
1 Peter 5:7 cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you
God is bigger than ANY anxiety of fear that creeps into your life. Do not allow fear to take away from the life you are meant to live. How are we supposed to live out our purpose if we are too fearful to do what God has called us to do. We will never get to our purpose if we allow fear to rule our life! The Lord is greater than any giants we face in our lives. Trust in Jesus and watch what he will do in your life.
Today I challenge you to take that step against fear. Make the choice today that you will live in FAITH instead of FEAR. Give every fear you face to God and allow him to work throughout you without your fears. I hope this message gives you faith and allows you to see that God is for you and not against you and he is working through you. You are fully known and loved by our Father!