False Evidence Appearing Real
Fear keeps us from moving forward doesn’t it? Fear keeps us stuck in our past. Fear keeps us from letting go. Fear keeps us from moving into new freedoms, new ways of thinking, being, seeing and doing that would release us into the bright future God has planned for us (Jeremiah 29:11)! Fear gets us stuck in a rut. Fear stops us in our tracks. Fear is an immobilizer.
Fear needs to get kicked to the curb. Fear is the opposite of freedom. Fear is the opposite of faith. Joyce Meyer, one of my favorite Christian authors and speakers writes, “Sometimes we think of fear as an emotion, but it is actually a spirit. In fact, fear is one of Satan’s favorite tools, and he particularly loves to harass Christians with it”.
Fear is not what God gives us! 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love and self-discipline.”
So, how do we kick fear to the curb? Here are three ways to send the spirit of fear packing and get yourself going!
#1 Power of the Word
In Ephesians 6:10-17 Paul tells us how to fight fear and all kinds of other spiritual battles. He describes all kinds of armor to put on. Everything Paul lists is a defensive armor (protection) except for one thing, the last thing he lists. Paul tells us the Word of God (the Bible) is a sword! Paul states that God’s Word is our best offensive weapon against fear!!
#2 Memorize the Word
The Bible tells us in 365 different verses “Do not be afraid”…that’s one for everyday. I think God knows how big a battle fear is for us and through the Bible (the Word) He is giving us the power to kick fear to the curb! You can easily find these verses by looking them up online at Biblegateway.com or in a printed Bible. In a printed Bible there is usually a reference in the back for finding key words. Look for them. Find one that speaks to you. Memorize it.
#3 Verbalize the Word
You’ll be amazed at the power of God’s Word as you speak it’s truth into your life. Yes, speak it out loud! Speak it out loud in the shower, in front of the mirror, in the car. Whisper it as you head into a difficult conversation or a challenging opportunity. Look your husband or wife or best friend in the eye and tell them your verse! Share the power with them, ask them to believe with you the promise in the verse.
I have fear. We all have fear. But we don’t have to live with it! It takes some bravery to see it, accept it and determine to not allow it to immobilize us or keep us stuck. Remember, that fear is false evidence appearing real and God has given us what we need to kick fear to the curb.
P.S. SPECIAL BONUS: When you find your Do Not Fear verse(s), you will also find that as God tells us to not be afraid He also reminds us that He IS with us!!