I won’t even lie…there’s so much going on right now it’s easier to be afraid and think of the worst that could happen. At a point, I decided I wasn’t going to read the news anymore, because it was one negative thing after another, but at the same time it’s important to know what’s going on 🙁
The fear became so bad that at a point I was even afraid as I was stepping out. What if some crazy person does something uncalled for on the road or walks into a building and starts attacking people? My imagination was so vivid I could literally feel the fear closing in. Then in one of those moments of fear, I heard clearly, “Why have I been telling you all this while to be anxious for nothing?”
“I believe Lord, help my unbelief” became even more real to me; I want to believe, I want to trust, but I’m afraid.
There have been times I’ve gone some days without taking intentional time to sit and study God’s Word, and after a few days I realize the girl is going on empty! It’s especially in those moments that fear tries to have its way.
Filling ourselves up with God’s Word is something we can’t ignore, because one thing I’ve realized is that God always knows the next stage of our lives, and if we look and listen closely, we will realize He always sends us the Word we need to prepare us for the season ahead.
What fear or insecurity are you grappling with? It can be scary and unsettling, but it can also be an opportunity for heartfelt prayer. Like “God, I don’t really know what tomorrow holds, but I know You are in control. Please help me trust in you,” or “Dear Lord, please take this fear away from my heart before it consumes me.”
I have also realized that speaking the encouraging verses God has given me over the years out loud, brings them to life and reminds me of what God has said.
Although He always doesn’t work in the way we would like, we can rest knowing He is always in control.
So today, instead of focusing on my fears and what ifs, I’m making a conscious effort to shift my focus onto Who holds tomorrow and what He has said in His Word…and like the lyrics of Brian Courtney Wilson’s Fear is Not Welcome says:
“Let me begin and confess, I need Your healing
I made a friend of the fear I have been feeling
And I believed the lies it spoke That led me into doubts
But I’m calling on Your angel armies now…
Fear is not welcome in my heart anymore
I’m casting it away
By the power in Your name
Fear is not welcome in my heart anymore.
There is so much I don’t know, But I know You’re faithful
If mountains need to be moved, I know You’re able
I will lift my hands again and believe what I believe
The Lord is on my side and now I’m free, I’m free, I’m free, I’m free
I feel the joy of heaven Upon this place descending
Peace passing understanding What shall I fear?
God, You are my soul’s protector, my Shield and my Defender
From now until forever
What shall I fear?
Through trials and tribulations
You are my strength, what can stand against me?
When you’re standing with me
What shall I fear?
You can listen to the full song here.
*Have you struggled with fear, and how have you dealt with it? Please share in the comment section, you never know who needs to hear it.
Oh and by the way, there’s a new album out I think will really bless and encourage you, by Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin (what a combination!! 😍)…you can also check that out here.