Saturday, July 26, 2014

31 Days of Joy: Let Go of Your Fears

“The key to change is to let go of fear."
― Anonymous

Let go of your fears.

Sometimes the world that we live in can be a very scary place. Maybe you fear what people think of you, or not having enough money. Some have a fear of public speaking, flying, being far from home, or spiders. Some fear failure, rejection, pain, or losing a loved one. This world has many things capable of inducing fear, but with God and the Bible, the wonderful news is that you don't have to be afraid. What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid? Whatever it is that you fear, chances are it’s affecting you in both seen and unseen ways. Fear is a cancer in your life. Fear in your mind leads to stress in your body. Jesus spoke the Word of God throughout his ministry. When faced with the devil's lies and temptations, he countered with the truth of God's Word. The spoken Word of God is like a living, powerful sword in our mouths (Hebrews 4:12), and if Jesus depended upon it to face challenges in life, so can we. More than any other command, the Bible says, “fear not.” You will find this command and its variations in the Scripture many times. One example is Psalm 56. David has been seized by the Philistines and he starts to become afraid, but instead he sets his vision on his Lord and Savior in his midst. He praises God and God says to him: “Fear not!” David then puts his trust in the Lord. Every occasion of “fear not” throughout the Bible is accompanied by something important that God wants to say to us, not with an angry tone, but rather in the loving invitational way. Just saying that might not mean much - but when you think about it, it is true. God is always there for you in your times of trouble. You can pray to Him for guidance. Sometimes simply knowing He is there can calm your spirits and make you less afraid of what you are experiencing in your life. To be free of fear you have to eliminate the habits of fear-based thinking. Replace thoughts of fear with thoughts of peace and victory.

Focus Scriptures:
2 Timothy 2:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Joy in Action Today:
Pray like David, “When I am afraid of _________, I will trust in you, O Lord.” If you’re not afraid now, pray it anyway! A time of strength is the best time to pray because then you can “watch and pray” with Jesus, preparing your heart now to take refuge in the Lord when temptation or fear does come.