We live in a world that is full of fear. Fear is something every single one of us has felt at some point in our lives. While some people may be afraid of one thing or another, others struggle every day with living in constant fear. It can be a fear of snakes, fear of water, fear of an upcoming test, fear of the future, fear of losing someone you love and so on.
How do we respond when we fear? How do we overcome it?
Fear stops us from doing many great things that life has to offer. Fear has impacted my life in so many negative ways. When I was younger, I was always scared to leave my parents because I thought they would die. I used to be petrified of thunderstorms and I’m terrified of heights. I grew up watching one of my sisters get abused by her husband, the man that was supposed to love her and take care of her. Because of that, I find myself fearful around men. These fears caused me to run and hide. They kept me from doing things that life offered me.
While those fears still impact me, the more I rely and trust in God, the more my fears diminish. One of my biggest fears is flying. Flying is something I did not want to do, ever. Just the thought of it fills me with anxiety. I have flown before, but I also claimed I would never fly again. One of my dreams was to see the Eiffel Tower and because of my fear of flying I told myself it would never happen. I was letting fear control me instead of letting God calm me. Today, I not only made my dream come true but I have conquered my fear of flying six other times. God made that possible.
As I am writing this blog I am filled with fear. I am afraid that it wont be good enough or that it won’t help anyone. I am also filled with fear that I won’t truly open up to people or share deep thoughts that go through my head. This is something I struggle with, but I know is something I know I need to do. These fears make me want to quit and say, “Sorry guys but I can’t do it. Find someone else to take my place”.
Quitting would be the easy thing to do, but that would let fear win. It would let Satan win. Satan doesn’t want me to help anyone. He doesn’t want this blog to help anyone or bring them closer to God so he attacks our weaknesses. We serve such an amazing and powerful God who is with us always. He has His hands on us. He wants us to trust in His protection and rely on His peace. Peace will replace fear if we trust in God. He wants us to know He’s there and that we can live a life free of fear.
In the Bible, He reminds us 365 times not to be afraid. That is one reminder for each day of the year. God knew we would struggle with fear in our lives and He has given us the encouragement we need for every day. He has given us everything we need to not be fearful and trust Him. I don’t know about you, but that is such an encouragement to me. God’s got our backs. He has a plan for all of us. One of my favorite songs is one from Twenty One Pilots. It has some powerful lyrics in it that I keep with me all the time. The lyrics say, “Peace will win, fear will lose”. If we have God by our side and if we trust in Him through our fears then His peace will win.
If you have something that scares you or if you have a fear of something whether it be an assignment in school, grades, a loved one, or fear about your future, He’s got you. Whatever fear you have, whatever fear you are facing, God can wipe it away.
Choose to release the fear. Claim God’s peace. Do not let fear take over your life. You have the strength, with God, to overcome anything regardless of how scary it is. God is with you and God is for you. Trust in Him. Remember, God never leaves you no matter where you are at, even on an airplane. Don’t let your fear keep you from God and His word.
Let His peace win!
Here are some verses that have helped me whenever I am facing something that is fearful. I hope they will be an encouragement to you also.
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you” –Psalms 56:3
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” –Joshua 1:9
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” – Jeremiah 29:11
“I will never leave you or forsake you” – Hebrews 13:5
“Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories” – Isaiah 41:10
If you have found the peace that I have, we would love to hear from you in the comments section below or in a message. You never know who may read your testimony and be encouraged through it. If you are still living in a crippling fear, however, and have not yet found this peace that comes only from Jesus, please message us and we would love to pray for you and walk alongside you. His peace will always conquer fear.
(written by Hope Trossen)