Something to Consider with fear

Romans 8:37New International Version (NIV)

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Fear stinks. That is something I have discovered….I hate when my fears stop me from doing something great. I hate when my fears hold me back. I hate when my fears change the winner in me to the loser in me.

My fear says: “I am not good enough.” “I hate this.” “I wish someone else would….” “Will you do this for me?” “let’s get out of here” “I can’t”

Sometimes fear is realistic, maybe I have been hurt in some way so fear can stop me from being hurt again. Other times fear is just insecurities that are rising up and they are stopping me from trying something new that could be wonderful.

Might there be some way of handling this thing called fear? Is there a way to get past the fear so that I can experience the things God is calling me to do?

Recently my husband started a new job that has him away at nights. We have a very sweet puppy who sleeps in our room. I have noticed that the nights my husband is gone my puppy acts very different. I am not sure if she is afraid for me or afraid for herself, but she certainly acts differently when he is gone than when he is here.

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She comes with me into my room and lays down at my feet. She positions herself in such a way that she is facing the door. She proceeds to spend most of the night growling and occasionally barking at what I am not sure. I can’t hear anything, I can’t see anything. If I try and let her out she walks through the house checking at each of my children’s bedroom doors than she will go and sit at the front door waiting for my husband to come home.

She doesn’t seem to be able to fully relax or feel comfortable without him in the house. She is anxious and extremely protective of any noise she thinks she hears.

Try as I might, I can’t seem to get her to understand that everything is alright and we can go back to sleep. We try but it becomes such a fitful night because of her uneasiness and fearful behavior.

She doesn’t accept that everything is safe, and that everyone is safe. All she can do is focus on her uncertainty of my husband not being home.

How often am I like that? When fear comes…..and it will come am I cowering away from what I need to be doing? Am I becoming loud and aggressive to try and push the fear away? Am I avoiding the rest and peace that Christ want’s me to have because I am too wrapped up in what I perceive to be truth that I can’t see or accept the comfort that God is trying to give me?

When fear comes I need to make up my mind that I can have Victory over this fear. I am a conqueror in Christ and I can overcome the fears in my life.

Just like I love my puppy and want her to feel safe and secure. God loves us! He wants us to feel loved. He wants us to feel secure.

Dear Lord, thank you for the challenge to remind myself that I am a conqueror in you. I know it is a simple step but it is so hard to always believe that I am victorious. Help me put this truth into practice and to walk in the wisdom that you have given me. In Jesus’ name amen

Philippians 4:6, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 56:3-4, When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

Is there something in your life that you are consistently afraid about? Spend time specifically praying for this fear today. Ask God to show you how you can be victorious over this fear and ask Him to bring healing to your wounded and vulnerable places.

Sometimes we are the cause of our own fear. If there is some unresolved conflict in your life that is causing you to have this fear ask God to remove it. What is one thing you can do this week to be victorious over this fear?

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