Fear is something we all face in life. The word fear or phrases like “do not fear” appear 365 times in the Bible which is interesting because there is 365 days in a year. I truly believe everyday of our lives we have an opportunity to face fear but God promises to help us overcome ALL of our fears!
I know this all too well because, as a young girl, I remember always being afraid of something. I was afraid of the dark, afraid of death, afraid of people, afraid my mom and dad would divorce… The list goes on and on. This spirit of fear began to manifest itself in some major challenges in my life. I began to severely stutter, which I understand now is triggered by severe anxiety or a trauma in your life. I continued to stutter from the age of 6 to 29. The manifestation of fear raised its ugly head again when I suffered with an eating disorder for five years of my life. This was triggered by a fear of being overweight. This fear began to control my thoughts and even distort my body image. Jesus miraculously delivered me and healed me from both stuttering and an eating disorder but, sometimes, fear still tries to raise it’s ugly head in my life!
What fears do you face? Is it fear of failure? Fear of man? Anxiety over finances? Is it a fear your marriage will fail or your kids won’t succeed? Fear cloaks itself in anxiety, intimidation, worry, anger and sleeplessness so we won’t call it what it is.
Thankfully, Jesus said that His perfect love casts out all of our fears. If we are going to flourish in every season of our life, we need to face our fears and allow His grace and strength to enable us to overcome them!
Psalms 56:3-4TPT gives us a simple strategy to face fear and overcome it:
“But in the day that I’m afraid, I lay all my fears before you and trust in you with all my heart. What harm can man bring to me? With God on my side I will not be afraid of what comes. The roaring praises of God fill my heart, and I will always triumph as I trust in his promises”
I love that this verse gives us the specific tools to overcome fear:
- Pray! Lay ALL of your fears at God’s feet in prayer. When you are tempted to give in to anxiety, let your first response be prayer! The Bible says we can cast our cares on the Lord because he cares for us!
- Trust! Trust God with your whole heart! Remind yourself that God is your protector and because He is on your side, you don’t need to be afraid of what comes your way!
- Worship! Praise God as if you already have the victory because you already do! God not only gave us promises but he has fulfilled every promise through Jesus. When it seems like fear is staring you in the face think of not only the cross but even more, the resurrection, because Jesus gave us complete victory in Him!
You are strong and very courageous and you will flourish in every season because fear has no power over you!
I pray for you in THIS season that you will respond in Faith are remember God is with you and he will not leave you or forsake you!
I believe in you!
P.S. Have you signed up for our Beautiful Conference at The City Church Ventura Campus on October 12-13th (Next week!)? We’ll have Wendy Perez from The ChurchLV, myself, my husband Jude Fouquier and many more incredible speakers! It is certain to be a life-transforming couple of days so I sure hope you can come!