We fight fear with faith, not with our feelings.
We fight fear with our words and actions, not our feelings.
Yesterday someone I loved asked me a question so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t know how to answer it. She asked me what I was afraid of. And to be honest, I wasn’t sure.
We had been talking about some low-grade anxiety that had been on my heart and it was hard to shake or put to words. But as she wisely directed me to realize, anxiety always goes back to its root in fear.
Fear is something we all experience.
We combat fear with truth and action. So, as your sister who is walking alongside you this week, I invite you to walk with me in boldness.
Let us step into our full confidence that we were made for more.
Let us trust the guidance God is giving us and believe in His overabundant provision.
Let us keep our eyes on our own path and not that of others.
Let us leverage our thoughts powerfully and for what is positive and good.
Let us be bold, be believing and be brave.
He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. -Deuteronomy 31:18
Perfect love casts out all fear. -1 John 4:18
Your perfect love casts out all fear in our lives, and in this truth and the power of these words, we take great comfort. We confess though that our lives are still filled with fear, daily, and we recognize that fear is not from you. Because we live in a fallen, sinful world, evil exists, and the enemy of our souls preys upon our minds and hearts with the schemes of fear. Strengthen our resolve Father to stand firm in your truth and to cling close to Your presence, for where there is love, there cannot be fear. Where you are, the enemy flees. We confess our fatigue. We tire from the battle against fear, but You Lord give us the strength of eagles and enable us to stand firm. Pour your wisdom over our minds, that we might learn to protect our hearts and to fill our lives with encouragement, that the efforts to knock us off our feet and from the path you have set out for our lives might be futile.
You are our daily bread. We feel fear every hour of our lives, and we need you even more. Let us never grow tired or weary as we battle for what matters – for our faith, for our hearts and for our purpose of making you big and bringing hope and love to the world.
You have set our feet upon solid ground and we humbly pray that you fill the desires of our heart with more and more passion to draw closer and closer to you. We yearn to feel your love in ways that we have not yet felt and to expand our understanding of how unshakeable your love for us is. When we walk in your love, we are able to be love. Let us not be swayed into doubt of the most fundamental and important truth about us, that is, how much you love us, so that we can love and reach your children in the world who do not yet know or feel this love. Wake us up every day with holy reverence for Your presence and let us sleep sweetly each night in the peace and presence of your love.
Thank you Lord, in Jesus’ name, amen.
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