Sunday, June 23, 2024

Breathe Deep, Believer | You Don't Have to Fear


Fear is a primal emotion, an instinct that slams on the brakes when we sense danger. But sometimes, that instinct morphs into a relentless tyrant, a suffocating grip that paralyzes us. We all face fears, the phobias that make our palms sweat, and the anxieties that keep us awake at night—the fear of failure, of the unknown, of losing loved ones.

The Bible acknowledges this reality. In Psalm 56:3, David, a man who faced giants and political intrigue, cries out, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Fear is a human experience woven into the fabric of our being, but it doesn’t have to control us.

The most insidious aspect of fear is its deceptive nature. It transforms into a liar, whispering doubts and insecurities that distort the truth of God’s promises. It tells us we’re not strong, smart, or worthy enough. Fear can become a prison, isolating us and keeping us from the abundant life God desires for us (John 10:10). We become consumed by “what ifs” and “maybes,” missing the opportunities and blessings that lie before us.

But here’s the anchor in this storm, the truth that cuts through the lies: we don’t have to face fear alone. We have Jesus, the anchor for our soul (Hebrews 6:19). When the waves of fear crash down, threatening to drown us in despair, Jesus steadies us. He reminds us of His unwavering love: “For I the Lord your God hold your right hand, who says to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’” (Isaiah 41:13).

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7— NIV

 “Cast all your worries on Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7— TLV

Don’t just stuff your fears down – talk to God honestly about what scares you. Pour out your worries, and ask for His strength, courage, and peace. Prayer is a direct line to God’s throne, a way to invite Him into the battle against fear.

Have a grateful heart; it leaves less room for fear to fester. Gratitude reminds us that even in challenges, God is present and working for our good.

Fear isn’t going to disappear overnight. It’s a battle we may fight our entire lives. But with each step of faith, each whispered prayer, each reliance on God’s Word, the grip of fear loosens. We are not meant to live in fear but in the glorious freedom that comes from trusting in a God who loves us fiercely and holds our future securely in His hands. His presence is our shield, love, comfort, and promise of peace.

Let’s Reflect

Don’t let fear steal your joy. Cling to Jesus, the anchor that holds you steady in the roughest seas. With Him by your side, you can breathe again, knowing you are not alone. You are loved. You are capable. And you are victorious in Christ Jesus.

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