What Do You Do With Fear?

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There is a reason why fear is a four letter word. It hangs in the air. It expresses what you can’t put into other words. But what do you do with fear? It is always there. Sometimes, you don’t even notice it. Other times, you trip over it. On those rare occasions, it knocks you to the ground, making you gasp for air.

But what do you do with fear? Do you go there, cracking open the door? Will it suck you in and lock the door? If you face it head on, will you be able to find the escape route out again?

The more important question is what does God do with our fear? God conquers fear! God shows up and the fear begins to subside. Fleeting moments of peace are felt but can easily slip through one’s grasp. Eyes are opened to recognize the smallest gifts of God’s unconditional love.  Answers to prayers that weren’t asked yet miraculously appear.

The shaking stops as you believe God’s promise that the sun will rise and set, again and again. Life can go on despite the real threat of fear. God enables us to stand in the midst of any circumstances and praise God for the simple reason that He will always be present in our lives.

I choose the strength of Jesus Christ over the emptiness of fear.

Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

 Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “What Do You Do With Fear?

    • Thank you for your link… I’ll leave the same comment in both places.

      Isn’t it wonderful how God speaks to all people of all time. The Israelites, the persecuted Christians, and we today need to hear God’s Word. God doesn’t change and sadly, it seems like people don’t either in terms of propagating evil.

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  1. Debbie, I find this blog so timely and so encouraging. It’s been a hard week with fear of an international variety the likes of which we have not experienced for many years. It is a great reminder that our Lord does not fear and does not want us to fear. He has overcome fear and death. I will want to read this post more than once.

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    • Donna, This post resonates, doesn’t it? The interesting thing is that I wrote this post over four months ago as the result of an (extended) family crisis.

      God’s response is the same regardless of the circumstances that invoke our deepest fears.

      God’s Word brings comfort especially for this time.

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  2. There is good fear Debbie that stops us doing foolish things like walking too close to the edge of a cliff or hugging a wild lion or bear, touching a hot stove element or swimming in shark infected waters etc.

    But God tells us in the Scripture below what causes the fear of eternal torment and that is when we continue to sin and don’t repent and turn from it putting our Carnal flesh to death as we aim to be perfected in Love and than we don’t sin because Christ is within us and He does not sin, so we walk as He does.

    But we do reap the bad we sow until we have True heart repentance and so some seek to drown their fear with alcohol or they use drugs or another addiction equally soul destroying or anything else that dulls their fear and yes sometimes they commit suicide because they give up in despair.

    1John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but Perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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    • Annie… You have brought up another perspective for fear. Isn’t that the worst type of fear? So many great verses that speak of the “fear of the Lord” leading to transformed lives. Psalm 19:9-10, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7a, Proverbs, 9:10, Proverbs 15:16, Proverbs 19:23, Isaiah 11:2,and Acts 9:31.

      Two that really spoke to me in regards to our conversation were:
      Isaiah 33:6: “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.”
      Proverbs 16:6: “Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

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      • Debbie the word fear in the Hebrew has two different meanings depending on what context it is used in. As God’s redeemed Children we Respect Him and are in Awe of Him showing reverence towards Him, we do not have fleshy fear of Him, He is our Abba Father and all good things come from Him not bad and as we see confirmed in the Scripture below, He does not Hurt us willingly. But those who reject Him will have fleshy fear of Him and they will reap what they sow as we do when we do good, God created us this why, so yes it is by His hand that people suffer for their sin but not by His will, it is their choice just as it was the Prodigal Son’s until he came to his senses and repented and than Wow what a welcome Home!

        Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of men.

        If we respect God ( fear in Hebrew) than we will do as He asks which includes asking for His wisdom and empowering, we were not Born with them so we all lack them, Jesus said ask and you will receive.

        Blessings – Anne.

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  3. Debbie, “I choose the strength of Jesus Christ over the emptiness of fear.” It’s a daily choice, I think. When we live from that strength, we live from love – our thoughts, our words and our actions. And when we live from love, fear cannot exist. We walk an entirely different path – our thoughts, our words, our actions look and sound like light.

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