In our technological world, we see evil things happening near home and abroad at a record pace. It is almost instantaneous. Our minds are assaulted daily with terrible things that can lead us into fear. And yet, "God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7 There are terrible things in this world that can cause us to fear, but we can combat the fear with the Word of God. Are we filling our minds with God's Word in such a way to be able to fight against the fear and walk in obedience to Him?
* "Though we might not always be fearless, by praying specifically for qualities found in God’s Word, we can fear less. If you’re battling fear on any level or in any area of your life, I’d like to invite you to do the same.
Instead of praying that fear will be far from us, we can ask God to give us strong, bold and courageous hearts (Joshua 1:9) when fear comes near.
Instead of asking God to take away all fear, we can ask for His grace to run toward the big, scary things with great courage (1 Samuel 17:48).
Instead of praying that fear will leave us alone, we can pray that when we are afraid we will trust and have confidence in God (Psalm 56:3).
Instead of asking God to make all fear in our lives vanish, we can pray that His peace which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and supersede all fear (see Philippians 4:6-7).
Praying this way changes us. It has changed me. I no longer make decisions based on fear. I recognize worst-case scenarios forming and instead of entertaining them I nip them in the bud. And I am moving forward in obedience to the things God has called me to do."
May we walk in the peace of God and continue to be a light to the nations and salt to the earth!
*excerpt from article "Why I stopped Praying Against Fear" by Julie Gillies See more here.