Fear is a Liar

Sometimes we need to hear this as though God Himself is squaring up, shoulder to shoulder, looking us in the eye because we tend to believe the lie more than the truth.

Fear not. Do not fear. Don’t be afraid.

Listen to it in every scripture that God breathes these words into and you won’t necessarily hear the gentle, coddling voice that you think you need to hear when you are operating out of this broken, vulnerable and fragile place: afraid.

What you need to hear is truth. That the fear you are operating in is holding you back. It’s keeping you from loving those around you with your whole heart. It’s keeping you from trusting God and loving HIM with your heart, soul, mind and strength. It’s causing you to lean on your own understanding (which happens to be quite limited) instead of trusting the Lord with all your heart.

He wants all your heart.

Trust the Lord with all your heart… (Proverbs 3:5)

Love the Lord with all your heart… (Luke 10:27)

Is your heart giving way to fear or to faith today?

Isaiah 43:1: “But now, this is what the LORD says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” 

Listen to the lie of fear and you will hang on to your past. You will not believe you have been called by name for a purpose. You will forget that you already belong to Jesus.

Fear is a liar. Slay it with the truth.

What other truth do you need to remind yourself of today?

Let not your heart be troubled: He is Present and Will Prepare You

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“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to were I am going.” {John 14:1-4}

The imperative is to believe.

Believe in the person of Christ knowing He is the way. The way to where He is going and the way to everything else before us.

Jesus is always preparing for us. He is preparing us for what is next in our lives. He is preparing us  and preparing for us an eternity full of His presence.

Two things we should remember today: He is fully present and He will fully prepare us.

In light of these two things, He is saying we can trust Him for what we can’t see. Our only part in this is to believe.

What do you need to believe God for today?

Fear

Next week, I’m teaching on Fear.

I’ve never thought of myself of one who struggles with fear. Until lately.

Fear of the unknown. Fear that my husband will be taken from me and I will be left alone.  Fear for the safety of my children. Fear of what life will be like with this new baby. Fear that my kids will grow up and not love the Lord.

Many people, in fact probably most people, struggle with some degree of fear or anxiety. At our retreat a few weeks ago, 90 women showed up to a workshop on anxiety.

Fear is a very real struggle for many.

God knew this would happen.  He knew we would live in a lost and broken world where fear would drive people either to Him or away from Him. Fear is what our adversary uses to instill doubt, hopelessness, recklessness in our lives and to rob us of our joy.

But God… in the face of fear, God does not shame us. Rather, He promises:

He.  Is.  With. Us.

That probably explains why there are at least 216 mentions of the phrase “fear not” in the Bible.  From the old to the new, God reminds us throughout the Story that we should not fear. And yet we do. So we run. We can run away or to the One who is with us.

I have a child who struggles with fear and in his child-likeness he is prone to either run to me or run away from a situation that causes fear. It is my responsibility to show him how to run to Jesus but the Holy Spirit is the One who will actually quicken his feet. I pray that it would be so.

Do you struggle with fear?

How do you deal with it?

Do you tend to run to or away from Jesus?

“Fear not, for I am with you;

be not dismayed, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

~ Isaiah 41:10