In the world but not of it

October 16, 2010

Fear…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17

The fear of loss is often the greatest obstacle to gain…

Fear causes people to panic and to become paralyzed so that clear thinking and concise decision making become almost impossible. Did you know that there are hundreds of phobias that exist and have been documented? Do you have ecclesiophobia, the fear of going to church? How about demophobia, the fear of crowds or testaphobia, the fear of taking tests…

Phobia is the Greek work from which we get the English word “fear”… phobia is defined as a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.

The truth is that when we experience fear and allow it to overtake us we put ourselves in a place that prevents us from experiencing the full blessing of God. The Lord knows that our tendency is to experience stress, anxiety and angst which are all forms of fear. When we are faced with the unknown or focus too much on it these types of sinful emotions get the better of us.

We fear not being loved or respected. We fear losing our job, our finances, our resources, our health, our everything! Then when that great concern is resolved we fear it happening again. For many, it is an ongoing cycle of emotion that they never break free from.

This is not the life our Lord intended for us. The moment we allow fear to infect and affect us we are removing our focus and attention off of our God. Sometimes you hear the Christian cliché “trust the Lord” – it is an incredible statement but has been watered down in our society since the faith of many has been diluted today through a lack of devotion in their life.

Trusting the Lord during moments of fear means that we place that concern back into His hands by making time to pray, acknowledging the truth about our thoughts and emotions, claiming His promises to sustain us and then walking away to live like we mean it.

Overcoming fear is not an emotional statement that we conjure up but rather a state of consecration and devotion before the Lord in order to be filled with His Spirit and empowered to go forward.

Confess those fears now, lay them at His feet (1 Peter 5:7) and claim the victory you already have…

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