When fear becomes a god.

We were driving home, the Christian radio was playing, I was worrying about something (can’t even recall what it was anymore), and a song started airing that grabbed my attention. The words: 

“Fear, he is a liar

He will rob your rest

Steal your happiness…”

The truth of that statement was so simple, yet so profound and exactly what I needed to be reminded of. 

Fear is a liar. 

Fear is a very real emotion that we all experience but how often do we allow fear to take the reins of our day and dictate our actions? 

Allowing fear to steer my decisions and actions is making fear my god. That is sin. God is the one who should be controlling our lives, God is the one we should be looking to,God is the one we ought to be yielding to in our actions and decisions. 

Fear affects our relationship with God

Fear is failing to trust God for who God has said He is. 

Fear is saying, “God, I don’t really believe you are in control.” 

Fear is doubting God’s power and sovereignty – His very character. 

Fear affects those around us

Fear causes us to be controlling. 

Fear will get in the way of us following our husband as God has asked us to.

Fear can cause us to control our kids in such a way that we stifle their growth and maturity and show them we have no confidence in them. 

Fear is not from God

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV).

Fear has no power to change circumstances.

I can allow fear to play a controlling role in my life, but in all reality, fear will not prevent anything from happening. God holds each of my days in the palm of His hand. 

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:25-26 (NKJV)

God is the one who gives health.

God is the one who protects.

God is the one who provides our needs.

God is the one who loves us.

God is the one who loves our children.

God is our Father. 

Yield our fears to God 

I have some pretty stupid fears.  

A fear of sharks that keeps me from going more than waist deep in the ocean. A fear of airplanes causes stress in my life from the moment I purchase tickets to the moment my feet hit solid ground. 

You laugh. 

Maybe these next fears hit a little closer to home.

Fear that my child will contract some incurable illness. Fear that an unexpected expense will come up and totally drain our savings account. Fear that I will lose my husband. 

Whatever your fears may be, be aware of them and flee the temptation to allow those fears to have dominance in your heart and mind. 

Don’t allow fear to creep into God’s rightful place in your heart and mind. 

Rather, give-up your fears to God, knowing that He is the One in control of every detail of your life, big and small! Know that He is sovereign in what He allows to happen to you and around you, and know that He is good and cares for you. 

Allow the peace of God to rule in your heart! 

Walk by faith, not in fear!

 

~ Rachel

 

 

“Fear is a Liar” was written by Zach Williams 

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