Imagine what your life would be like if you lived without fear. I have based my decisions, priorities, and goals on fear many times. My entire life I have lived with a fear of something. I couldn’t even imagine what life looked like without anxiety.
When I was little, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find my mom. Of what lingered in dark places. The unknowns in my closet. And balloons (crazy right?).
In middle school, I feared not being included in the ‘in’ group. Fear of looking ‘stupid’ if I asked a question. Fear of pimples, not developing like the other girls and that people would see me with my parents.
My high school years were riddled with the fear of death. Peers had died, my dad was very sick. The thing I feared most, being alone. Then I married, had three boys and started moving all over the US, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic. Some of the same fears arose. Not fitting in the ‘in’ group, not belonging. Fear of failing as a mother and wife began to top my list. Then it happened. My marriage began to fail. My children began to disobey more and more. Life happened and my fears were confirmed.
Fear paralyzes. It leads to panic and disobedience. Panic breaks our connections to others and deteriorates relationships. Anxiety stops us from doing things because we are afraid of the outcome, positive or negative. It robs us of power and love. All fears take us from the love and relationships that God has intended for us.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,” 2Timothy 1:7.
God has given us a spirit of power, love and sound mind. Wow.
What can we do with this knowledge to overcome fear?
- Step out in faith with the power God has given us. When we step out into the places God has called us we are given His almighty power to move with Him.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,” Joshua 1:9.
- Love our selves and love others. In love, fear cannot exist. God’s love drives out the fear that the enemy wants to grow in us.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” 1John 4:18-19
- Believe with a sound mind that we are protected by Him. He is with us.
“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
What would life be like if we lived without fear? Can you imagine?
Life would be full of power, love and a sound mind. We can walk into new situations with confidence and strength. We can stand firm in our beliefs and knowledge. We can run into new situations knowing that we belong and are loved. Loved by the One that is Love.
Without fear we are unstoppable!