MY FEAR FACTOR - August, 2015

A new companion has adopted me - and it's not one I want...  

It began hanging around last year when my oldest started operating a motorized vehicle, and now it's creeping into other places where it didn't used to show up.   I do not like the constant sickness in my gut, or the scary visions that jump into my head at random times.   Reading the local driving accident report is out of the question!   I am told by some that this is normal, but I know too many friends who are embracing this season of life and celebrating the journey of independence and separation.  

I am frustrated that I can't seem to do so, which then adds guilt and disappointment to the mess that is me.  Finally my mind reduces me to a wimpy failure with little trust in God.  The enemy sits on my shoulder taunting me while that new companion Fear follows me around like a homeless dog begging for food.   

As I battle Fear with prayer, God brings me two main realizations;  First - that I must not feed the Fear, and two - that Fear will cower in the face of God's truth and love.

Scripture says "Perfect love casts out fear."   God's love is perfect and His truth can trump my fleeting feelings.   The truth is that His guidance and protection are for us. The Truth is that His plans are higher than ours.  The truth is that His power is greater than anything that sets itself up against us.  The truth is that whatever moments lie in the future, God is already there and orchestrating all of them for my best and for His glory.  

So listen up, Fear!  Factor in those truths - and just be aware that I intend for you to go hungry!                          

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  • Richard

    Richard Phoenix, Az

    Guilt - A weapon that Satan uses again and again in my life. I am agreeing with you in prayer that Satan will not rob you of your JOY in Christ. Your identity is in The King. No more guilt - no more shame, all praises to the Perfect One. Perfect love casts out all FEAR. Thank you for your honest, open writings. It is not often that this kind of admission comes forth - you are a great encouragement to me to show your reliance on Jesus. I had lost my way (my identity in Christ) - thank you for pointing me back to the LIGHT.

    Guilt - A weapon that Satan uses again and again in my life. I am agreeing with you in prayer that Satan will not rob you of your JOY in Christ. Your identity is in The King. No more guilt - no more shame, all praises to the Perfect One. Perfect love casts out all FEAR. Thank you for your honest, open writings. It is not often that this kind of admission comes forth - you are a great encouragement to me to show your reliance on Jesus. I had lost my way (my identity in Christ) - thank you for pointing me back to the LIGHT.

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