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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Learning to Not Give in to My Fears

In review of 2 Corinthians 1:10 it says, “From such terrible dangers of death he saved us, and will save us; and we have placed our hope in him that he will save us again.”

Bottom line:
God saved us from the threat of death, and we are sure that he will do it again and again.

What this means to me:
Even when things get really tough and I see no way out, God will come through and shower me with his comfort if I turn to him. He will save me in his own ways, providing comfort, and I can be confident that its not just a one time thing, but rather something he will do over and over again. His comfort will allow me to patiently endure anything I can come across. The key is to stop relying on myself and learning to rely on God.

So it is comforting to know that God is watching over me. I do not need to listen to any of my fears. Doing this is a choice I have. I Trust God, and not give in to my fears.

Today’s verse in 2 Corinthians 1:10 says, “From such terrible dangers of death he saved us, and will save us; and we have placed our hope in him that he will save us again” (TEV).

This helps to reinforce that God’s does promise to believers that, no matter what might happen to me, he is working for my good; as long as I love and follow him.  As a believer, the Bible explains that all things are working together for good; not that all things are good but that they are working together for good.

That means I can stop listening to my fears. I will never face a difficulty, dilemma, defeat, or disaster that God can’t ultimately get some good out of. Therefore there is no need to fear the future.

Fears that I have only reveal places where I do not trust God. It would be beneficial then for me to make a list of my fears, and then ask God to help me identify why I have a fear in those areas. Then, ask him to help me replace that fear with trust. Afterwords, expect God to start helping me learn to trust him with each fear.

As I reflect on this question this morning, I think the biggest thing I fear is not knowing what will or when something will happen in the future; then not knowing what to do when it happens. I also fear that I have way too many things on my plate at work to possibly accomplish and one of those areas I’m not able to get in control will come back and bite me negatively (i.e. cause us to look back, be under a microscope/micromanaged or worse yet be replaced.)  However, in reality, I know that God has given me peace and direction when the major things have occurred. I think I also fear about my health. Last year something hit me that took me out of commission for several months and I do have some fears that If I’m not careful it may come back. I also fear that some of my prior afflictions are starting to return that I can’t control or alleviate (i.e. Psoriasis, some arthritic pains.) There are some areas I completely trust God, so I’m not sure why I let these fears get in the way. He has proven faithful in some really difficult things in the past. I can be assured he will in the future.  So today I ask you God to help me let go of those fears and learn to trust you even more. I really want to just relax each day, and give it all to You. I will just do what I know needs to be done with the energy he gives me.