Are You Gripped By Fear?

when i am afraid

Fear is where the devil keeps you, so you can’t move into all that God has for you.

There have been many times in my life where I have allowed the enemy to keep me from God’s best because my fears were greater.

I can remember hiding out, shrinking back and making sure I was never called upon. Fear’s grip has the capability to paralyze even the strong.

My list runs long when my mind begins to tread on fear’s path.

Fear of the unknown, fear of being ridiculed, disappointed, lonely, and rejected.

The fear of not being good enough, or failing.

The fear of man, spiders, snakes, or sharks.

The fear of the dark or death,

Even the fear of speaking in public. All the what if’s seem to grip my throat till I feel like I can’t breathe, the sweat rolls down my back as I grab hold of the podium and wish to disappear.

At some point and time in my life, I’ve battled with some of these and others. But the truth is, a lot of the things I had worried about or feared never happened, yet the struggle was real.

In the midst of living in an uncertain world I had to learn to take control of my thoughts and step into my fears so that they would no longer have a hold on me.

It wasn’t enough to just tell myself not to be afraid, I needed God’s word to flood my thinking and bring peace to my soul.

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?”

Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid what can man do to me?”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power,love and self-discipline.”

Fear is a powerful thing but God’s love is greater.

I’ve learned to anchor my life to God’s word as my foundation of truth.

I’ve learned to soak in his word and pray it out loud over my life. There is no magic in these verses but there is power through the words because it’s the word of God.

Although fear is always on the horizon, it no longer has a grip on me. I have a few girlfriends that keep me accountable and pray for me. They have prayed me through things and they have challenged me to step into my fears and it has been part of what has helped me grow.

If you struggle with fear it’s time to grow your faith and use God’s word as your weapon to slice through the deceitful lies of the enemy.

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.”

So what are you afraid of?

What is the one thing that grips your soul and drowns your peace?

Are you willing to let it go?

I’m encouraging you to spend some time with God today and with your hands cupped, offer him your fears. Let him take it and when your hands are empty let him fill you with his peace.

Father God,

Thank you that you are the God of peace, you are the one we can turn to with all of our worries, anxieties, and fears. You are the one who calms the storms in our lives and gives us hope. I pray that we will walk in your boldness and strength and never allow the plans of the enemy to steal what you have given to us. Give us eyes to see what is true, ears to hear the truth, and a heart that walks in your truth as you set us free in Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen.

Let His great love cast out all your fears.

Praying for you,

~Jamie

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5 thoughts on “Are You Gripped By Fear?

  1. I can’t truly relate with having fear with public speaking! !
    That just knocks the wind out of me, but you so right after its said and done everything that our body just was put through was washed away immediately. Thank you Jamie my mentor, my friend in Jesus, my sister for your reminder of who’s we are when we stand before anyone. Those scripture given, awesome. May God continue to bless you in sharing truth through your blogs.

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