Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fear {Thoughts From Me}

Fear is a horendous thing.  There are days when it runs through me like a train barreling down an extensive track.  There are times when I feel ready to run and hide just to avoid it.  It's controling and disabling and creates unnecessary drama in lives when you least expect it.

Dictionaries define fear as being a distressing emotion brought on by impending danger, pain, evil, etc. whether or not the fear is imagined or real; it is the condition or the feeling of being afraid.  To be afraid of someone or some thing. 

There are many things to fear daily in our lives.  This world has become an inexplicable mess and is growing more dangerous everyday.  Evil has taken control of a large part of life and strives daily to grow fear and pestilence throughout the world.  Even the smallest child is not exempt from the terrors Evil's fear provides.

What can we do to protect ourselves from fear?  How can we change our daily lives to prevent fear from controling us?  What changes should we make to keep ourselves safe from Evil's control?

The bible tells us that God should be our only fear.  As Dueteronomy 10:12, 20-21 tells, “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” This tells us that we, as Christians, should fear and praise the Lord in his mighty works.

Our first step to overcoming fear should be prayer.  When the feeling of fear comes upon us, we should immediately go to the Lord in prayer, sharing with him our feelings, asking forgiveness, shelter, peace and protection from our fears.  Then we should listen openly to find the answers we seek in return, which do not always come right away.

We should seek peaceful ways to overcome our fears, sometimes simply by facing them head on.  Other times by placing them into God's hands to handle in His time and way.  Prayer is the best way to control Evil's grasp upon us and only God can handle a battle such as this one.

To prevent fear, we should make prayer time an essential part of our daily lives.  We should also take the time to re-evaluate our lives to find why fear suddenly has taken control.  We should then work towards changing any reasonings we find in the re-evaluation process, once again laying these doubts into God's hands to handle for us. 

Overcoming fear takes great Courage.  Courage comes from having a strong faith in the Lord, even if it's only faith the size of a mustard seed.  The bible tells us to "be strong and courageous" and also tells us many times that "God will not foresake you".  We must believe in these words in order to survive this crazy life and overcome any fears we may have daily. 

Isaiah 41:13

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 fear, the Lord has our hands and will never foresake those who believe in Him.  Have strong Courage and Faith and use them to overcome any fears cast upon you each day.  May God bless each of you and keep you safe from the trials fear creates in each of our lives.

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