Overcoming Fear

BySherry

Overcoming Fear

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? –Psalm 27:1

 

Today I was watching a Red Riding Hood with my daughter.  I was watching as the village was terrified of the Werewolf.  For over 20 years this village would sacrifice their best animals to this beast so they would not be attacked.  I kept thinking that is such a silly thing to be afraid of.  Then I thought on my own fears.

In my last blog, I let you all know I was abused for 2 years.  I know what fear can do to a person.  I did not tell anyone about the abuse that I endured until we had moved completely out of Southern California ten years later.  Only then did I feel safe enough to tell my parents about the abuse.  Even then, I did not tell them everything.  They kept an eye on me, but I was a pretty good actress (in my own eyes).  Pretty soon I met my husband and we got married and lived happily ever after.  NOT!!

There are times during our marriage that I fear my husband will think that my healing is not worth it and leave.  I fear that he will have an affair and leave me for another woman.  The fear paralyzes me and then my imagination runs wild with crazy thoughts and I blow up at him for no reason at all.  Have we all been there?

Satan knows how to use our minds.  He knows what will make us tick.  He doesn’t want us to grow in Christ or be used by Him.  He wants us defeated, robbed of joy, dead in Christ (John 10:10).  He doesn’t want you to be victorious.

As a child of Christ, I don’t have to be paralyzed by fear anymore.  Does that mean I’m never afraid?  No way.  So how did I get over this?  This past August, Matt and I went to my 20th High School Reunion in Southern California.  We took 3 days to ourselves and had a good time with my best friend from High School.  The Sunday after my reunion, Matt and I went to visit my former church family.  The worship was awesome and I really felt the presence of the Lord.  Then Pastor preached upon daily remembering the promises God gave His children.

The first verse that came to mind that day was 2nd Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but, of power, of love, and a sound mind.”  That was all it took for me.  Every time that spirit of fear came upon me I would quote that verse.  There were days I was quoting it all day.

I don’t say it as often anymore, but every once in awhile when life is overwhelming, I say it out loud for all to hear.  Anymore when Satan tries to get my mind thinking that my husband is not happy with me, I say out loud that my husband loves me with his whole heart.  Then I will go and put my arms around him, just to hear him say, “I love you.”

There are many other verses out there that speak about fear.  One that I think about today is Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  I no longer need to fear the past, present, or future.  All because Jesus paid the price so I could be His child.  He is my light when my mind gets dark and goes into the shadows of doubt.  He is my strength when life has me down.

So today, I challenge you to take a promise from God’s word and apply it to a situation in your life. I can guarantee that God’s word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

About the author

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Sherry lives in a small town in Northern California with her husband of 20 years, Matt, and their 2 children. She is a stay at home mom, homeschools her children, and the music director at her church. She places God first in her life, then her husband, family, friends, and herself last. She believes that laughter is truly the best medicine. She enjoys singing, reading, photography, tea time, and playing the piano.

  • Beautiful!!! Amen!!! FEAR is false evidence appearing real.. I love that acronym. Thanks for sharing your past as that really brings healing and the enemy can’t stand it when we break down those walls and are overcomers in Christ Jesus. I believe fear is one of the things that cripples Christians so much, as well as pride. So many of our illnesses are grounded in fear. People just don’t realize it. Once we get healed by the blood of the Lamb, many emotional issues are healed, thus physical ones as well. I bless you and praise God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! Continue to speak out loud what GOD says about you and move those mountains! 🙂