Fear is all around us these days. Fear of illness, fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of the coronavirus. Fear can be a very powerful force and be utterly debilitating if we don’t deal with it and get it under control.

We also face daily fears that are more personal and individualised to us, that can leave us in states of worry and anxiety. Fear in broken relationships, fear of financial failure, fear of trusting, fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of not being good enough, attractive enough, clever enough etc. As Christians we may also fear change, fear loss, fear church situations maybe even fear eternity. The list of fears in life is endless.

The good news is that the Bible has a clear and powerful antidote to fear - There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. (1 John 4v18)

As children of God, what a joy that He is faithful to all His promises towards us in His word. We get to walk in peace and assurance that we do not need to fearful of anything. God is utterly in control and promises to be our unchanging confidence and strength. Added to this wonder is how He invites us to hand ALL our fears, worries and anxieties over to Him, and leave them there! Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5v7) ‘Laying our burdens down’ aren’t just words of scripture or worship songs, but should be part of a heathy rhythm of our daily walk with God.

The Bible is packed full of wonderful promises and assurances. Perhaps we need to find a quiet space in these next few days and search out some of these precious truths for ourselves. Underline them, memorize them and most of all pray them into and over your own life and situations.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

 “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 41:13-14

Let’s intentionally arrest any fears we are carrying today and exchange them for faith in God’s promises and supernatural peace. In a life of uncertainties He remains unchanging. We aren’t to be swamped by fears in this life but instead find our refuge and our strength in Jesus.

“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” – John 14:27

We know the hope of the nations – it is Jesus! What a harvest of opportunities to walk in the opposite way of the age modelling and testifying to others where our help and our peace comes from. It is Jesus.

Our antidote to fear- IS Jesus. Jesus and His prefect love.

This is just a simple reminder today, to pause and spiritually self-care. There’s a danger we can operate on autopilot in a bid to help others when we would be the better of confronting and dealing with our own fears first.

May each of us trade in our worries and fears today and be renewed and refreshed in our hearts and souls to trust God implicitly with every situation that is causing us any fear in our personal life, church/ministry life or what is going on in the world around us.

May David’s testimony be your testimony today.

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4

D MacNeil

 

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