I recall the most minor things that would place a major fear in my heart like:
Sleeping all alone and wondering if monsters were underneath my bed…
Walking into a pitch black dark room and not finding the light switch…
Starting school for the first time and wondering if anyone would like me.
Today, I think about the type of fears that our children have and realize they are on the same level as adult fears. Terror is no longer captivated for a movie thrill. It has been relentlessly made to become our ‘reality’.
This kind of fear seeks to hold our minds in constant captivity so that we are afraid to live our every day lives.
This should not be the case. This does not have to be the case.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT).
FEAR IS NOT OF GOD
If you believe in God and His Word, you must believe and know that God does not give you fear. God does not seek to terrorize you or want you to live a life full of anxiety. Do not accept things that are not intended for your good.
YOU HAVE POWER
God has given you power. This power allows you to endure and it sustains you. You are able to endure whatever temporary crisis you might encounter. As you endure, positive things like your peace and your joy are able to be sustained. Not because you are perfect. But because you have the superhero power that can not be replicated or defeated; the Holy Spirit. This power overrides any other spirit that attacks you.
YOU HAVE LOVE
You have the spirit of love even when you don’t feel loved or want to be lovable. Do not allow fear to allow you to forget the power of love. Love conquers all things. If you exercise sincere love, you will be able to win a heart that lacks compassion. Conversations to start the process of change and evoke change can happen when love is present.
YOU HAVE SELF-DISCIPLINE
You are responsible for your thoughts, actions and choices. You can not force anyone else to do anything and you are not responsible for what others decide to do; good or bad. You can impact people’s decisions, but you are not responsible for it. Self-discipline will give you the wisdom to make good and/or the best decisions for you and your family that will help keep you from the path of danger. Self-discipline allows your mind to meditate on positive things. You have the power to control your thoughts. And of course your thoughts become your actions.
Things will happen.
Bad and good.
You have the power to impact either spectrum. But you also have to trust God’s plan for your life.
Live your life without living in constant fear of what might happen.
You get only one life. Intentionally enjoy it!