What is something you fear?
If your answer to my question is spiders, my best advice is to consider investing in a can of raid rather than burning your house down or waiting on your husband to get home.
To those of you who answer the question with an emotional fear, this post is for you.
I’ll start by sharing my big fears.
- Fear of being a mom before I’m ready & that I will do everything wrong (in the health part)
- Fear of me or a family member developing cancer or some sort of sickness
What would it look like for us to fully give our fears to God not because they will never happen but because he can give us a battle plan to fight the fear that grips us?
For me, I would not be hindered in my day-to-day. I would quit researching unnecessary minor health symptoms. I would not allow my anxiety to hinder my decision-making. I would confidently proceed with where I feel God leading me.
In other words, to fully give my fears to God is true freedom.
God did not promise that our fears would never come true, but He does promise to fight our battles for us.
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” -Exodus 14:14
Surrendering our fears means quitting all the research, giving fear over to God, and replacing it with truth.
When we give into God’s way, we can know He has a plan that surpasses our current knowledge. He helps us with the fears that feel paralyzing in the moment.
This all sounds great, but how do we actually do this?
I’ve found 3 steps that help us go from living in fear to freedom from them.
- Fill your mind with scripture and worship music that point to facing our fears with Christ on our side. Write verses on sticky notes and stick them in your car, on your mirror, or on your fridge. Some verses that have equipped me are Psalm 91, Exodus 14:14, Psalm 34:4, Colossians 3:15, Psalm 18:1-2, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 112:7, Psalm 46:1. And make a playlist of songs that proclaim the freedom we have from our fears.
- Fix your eyes on the One who orchestrates everything. Writing out prayers in a journal has always been an effective way for me to do this. If you aren’t as into writing, maybe just write a list of the main points of your prayer.
- Find a mentor or talk to someone who’s walked through some life. If you’re living in fear of the next stage in your life, find someone who’s already been there or is there currently and seek out their advice and counsel.
Contrary to what our culture is trying to tell us, we don’t need to live in constant fear. In fact, we are commanded not to fear. So let’s take Isaiah 41:10 seriously and go from fear to freedom.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God Bless // Love brits