Fear, although it feels so real — so tangible, often lies. It not only assumes our future, our happiness levels and our outcomes, but it pulls our attention away from God. God works in our present moments. Fear tries to pull us ahead to a turbulent land where everything may “go wrong”. A place full of hypotheses and worst-case scenarios.
Beware of fear, it’s a land of dark woods, with seething coyotes and deep pits, full of landmines.
The land of fear is a scary place — and its easy to arrive to. Thus, the reason why we are going to learn how to avoid it at all costs.
3 Steps to Disassembling Fear
ONE: Pray and CHOOSE to believe God has everything in His good and faithful hands.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Ps. 23:1)
No matter what, we have all we need:
- the healer
- Him, being with us
TWO: Do not let the enemy steal God’s will in your day.
Fear looks at self. Faith looks to God. Fear is a distraction and a diversion. Faith is peace. Fear is stuck in its own world. Faith keeps on loving others despite itself. Fear is not part of God’s plan for you. Faith is your way out.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)
THREE: Understand, God has your best way.
Avoid: Leaning on other’s opinions, conducting online searches, and assumptions
Choose to: Dwell on what is good, holy, noble and of good report. Remember and state aloud truth. Dwell on the fact that God’s timing is always perfect.
“God’s rod and staff protect and comfort me.” Ps. 23:4
“Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid for you are close beside me.” Ps. 23:4
“For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.” Ec. 8:6
Lean not on your own understanding. Faith moves beyond this place. Indeed, choose to repent, forgive or let go of what you need to and do this often, but beyond this. . .never move too far down the road. Ever. That’s a dangerous place. Chose not to dwell on whys, hows or what you can’t understand. That is not your territory. They lead even the best-intentioned people to the pits.
Think on: God’s faithfulness to you in the past, His miracle-moves in your life, His love, His care, His abilities, His might, and His goodness. Thank Him for this present-day opportunity to draw near to His heart. Undoubtedly, He will be there for you and will not fail you.