We fear the what-ifs…What if this happens, what will I do? And at the same time, we fear the opposite…What if that doesn’t happen, then what?
Most of what we worry about doesn’t happen, but we’ve put ourselves through the fear of it anyway. And when something does happen? Worrying about it hasn’t prevented it, it’s only made us live through it twice.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
God never planned for us to live in fear. He knows each of us better than we know ourselves. He knows what each of our lives will entail. He knows what we need and when we need it. And God will deliver! In His perfect time, He will supply us with what we need in any given situation.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34 The Message)
The only one who wins when we live our lives in fear is the enemy. Satan wants us to live this way. He works to turn us away from God.
But the enemy has already been defeated—when Jesus went to the cross and rose from the grave! We can cling to this and remember that God will never leave us. He stands with us and guards us from the enemy’s attacks. Our Lord wants us to come closer to Him and live our lives in faith.
So, what do we do when fear starts to wrap its slimy tentacles around us? Pray. Turn to God and His promises for us. Ask God to clear our minds of the doubt and the lies the enemy wants us to believe. Ask God to replace the negative thoughts with His peace and what we know to be true in His Word.
Thanks for visiting today! We’re in Chapter 2 “ The Fear Factor” of An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell. I’m also linking up with Women Living Well Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday, Grace Cafe, and Thought Provoking Thursday.