As I write this, I’m sitting out on my deck in the evening, overlooking the lake. There’s a Heron down on the lake shore keeping a close watch on me. It’s not doing what it normally does which is fishing. It’s too busy watching me. It feels threatened so it’s not doing what it’s designed to do.
See where I’m going with this?
We’re very much the same. When we feel threatened, when we fear, we change our lifestyle…our purpose…and spend more time focused on the fear than on our destiny. And when you make choices based on your fear, you make wrong choices.
God never intended for fear to control our lives.
So, how should you deal with fear? The following is an excerpt from my book “Broken Dreams, Shattered Lives.”
• First of all, realize that fear is not from God.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity [fear], but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
• Second, discover the father-child relationship that God wants to have with you.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Have you ever noticed how a very young child acts around someone they don’t know? Usually they are very shy and cautious. As they are around this new person more and more they start to warm up to them. They will try a few experiments to see if they can trust this person.
That’s the way we act until we learn to trust God. We mistrust Him even though we want to trust Him, because we don’t know Him well enough.
Then, little by little, we try a few things to see if we can trust God, and as God gains our trust, we learn to trust Him for greater things.
Eventually you begin not only to trust God but to obey Him. As your faith in Him grows, you find your fear dissipating. And it doesn’t take long for God’s love for you and your love for God to overcome fear.
• Third, learn to trust God.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
If you are having difficulty trusting God, start by remembering how He brought you through other difficult times—maybe times when you didn’t even sense that God was at work.
Get into His Word and find reason to worship and praise Him. Discover how big your God really is! Share in the joy of discovery that so many people in the Bible experienced as they learned to trust God.
• Finally, fall in love with God.
How does that happen? It begins by letting God fill your life with Himself. He is “perfect love,” and as He takes more and more control of your life, His presence will replace the fear that has been punishing you.
The more you get to know Him, the more you will love Him, because you will sense and understand His love for you. The more you see and believe that He has a purpose and a plan for your life, the more you will trust Him and love Him…and lose your fear.
I trust this will help you live without fear. Make your choices and decisions based on your trust in God, not in fear.