Say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear:
Your God will come,
…He will come to save you.”
Isaiah 35:4 (NIV)
What are you afraid of today? Is it fear of the future, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of death, fear of enemies, fear of pain, fear of judgment, fear of financial ruin, fear of abandonment, or even fear of the unknown?” Fear can be debilitating and paralyzing. When you are fearful, you stand frozen in your tracks, afraid to make a move lest you cause your deepest, darkest fears to materialize before your eyes. You feel that if ___________________ happens (fill in the blank), then you will certainly _____________________(fill in the blank).
In the face of uncertainty, a yearning for your most basic needs begins to bubble up to the surface: security, peace, hope, love, and acceptance. You spend your time and energy worrying about your circumstances ~ longing for peace of mind ~ and you never move forward in your life. Ultimately, if you are fearful about something, you doubt that God is big enough to handle your unique situation. God’s word tells us not to fear, but rather to trust in Him, and believe that all things are possible with Him.
“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: 9 – 11
The divine neutralizer of fear is trust in God. When you place all of your uncertainties, inadequacies, and apprehensions before Him, the heavy chains of fear begin to dissolve. Allow God to pierce through and deal with the insecurities of your fearful heart. Tell Him about your most private fears and place them all in His capable hands. With the assurances of God’s promises, you can have a heavenly peace of mind that transcends all understanding. A fearful heart will no longer hold you captive, because God will replace your fear with courage and strength. With God on your side, you can have courage in the midst of your crisis.
“Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
“Nothing on earth is its equal – a creature without fear.” Job 41:33