“So do not fear for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10)
Fear, doubt, anxiety, apprehension are all killers- they kill our mood, relationships, and our purpose. They cause physical reactions and damage our health. They stifle our existence. So how can we conquer these villains?
Dr. Charles Stanley writes “Each of us will experience moments of apprehension. Denial or trying to hide from it will do no good. When you feel fear begin to rise in you, ask yourself the following questions: Where does it come from? (You know it is not from God.) Has God ever failed me in the past? Does He promise to meet all my needs? Does He keep His promises?
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
When we read the Bible, we find countless stories of God’s faithfulness. For example, the apostle Paul lived through hardship, persecution, pain, and all kinds of terrible circumstances, yet he was able to make the bold declaration that God weaves it all together for the good of His followers. This testifies to the fact that for those who trust in Him, God turns every difficulty, loss, and separation into something good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
The Bible offers the best direction we will ever find. When we meditate upon it, pray over it, grapple with it, and incorporate it into our life, His light chases away the darkness. The Psalms, in particular, are helpful in dealing with fear.
“put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore” (Psalm 131:1)
God, the sovereign ruler of this universe, is in control of your life. Don’t make the mistake of thinking He isn’t, simply because He does not operate according to your will and schedule. When you read your Bible and meditate on it, you will find genuine strength in His promises.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:31)
“Understanding will never bring you peace. I instruct you to trust in Me and not to lean on your own understanding. Solomon, the wisest of all men, could never think his way through to peace. My Peace is not elusive, it always envelopes you.” -Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)