Fear is a powerful emotion, one that’s often difficult to control. It can freeze us in our tracks
making it hard to protect ourselves. It attacks our ability to trust and compromises our ability
to relax in relationships. It takes over our thought and decision-making processes, interfering
with our ability to focus and learn. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, fear also
impacts us in ways that are subliminal and, therefore, hard to identify.
We often repress intense fears. We push them deep and cover them up with other emotions
like anger, depression, and anxiety. We overcompensate with pride, arrogance, humor, or a
laid-back attitude. If we grow up with unrecognized fear as a major organizer of our emotional
life, we can have difficulty developing trusting relationships. Even when we overcome that and
connect successfully with people, we still have trouble being natural or genuine with them.
Sometimes we let them in partially, but build a hard-to-see inner wall, which is difficult for
them to get through.
Satan wants us to be afraid of people. He doesn’t want us to be vulnerable in relationships.
Instead, he wants us to cover up and react in ways that pull us away from relationships for what
looks like self-preservation. As we “practice” these dysfunctional responses over and over in
the first 12-15 years of life, we get very good at them. Then when it’s time to start to really
open up to God in deep and meaningful ways, those repressed, intense fears put us on guard so
we actually resist giving ourselves to God.
You see, we don’t want to be hurt again, so we find other ways to cover up. We distance
ourselves from dependence on God by being aloof to Him, being angry for what He hasn’t given
us or our loved ones, feeling bitter about His “unfairness”, blaming Him for all the mistakes
we made, and many other behaviors as well. It’s just where Satan wants us! In fact, it’s part of
Satan’s battle strategy. We get sucked right into it, hook, line, and sinker.
Are you plagued with fear? Today’s scripture makes it clear that God is telling us we can
triumph over fear. He has given us a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. He also tells us in
1 John 4:18 that perfect love drives away fear. God’s love is perfect, and He loves you. As you
grasp hold of that truth, you will be able to trust Him more. When you begin to understand how
much He loves you, the power of the things you fear will wilt in comparison to the omnipotence
of God. It’s like fear melting away when a loving parent comes into your darkened room during
a thunderstorm to hold you and give you security.
Today, talk to God about everything. Believe that He loves you … and thank Him for His love.
Recognize that His strength is stronger than any fear. Only then will you be able to walk in
peace, not fear. Remember that this is not a one-time event. We need to give all our cares
and fears to Him daily, and commit to trusting in His love. Fearing life or conquering it is your
decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, thank You for loving me. Thank You for giving me a spirit of power, love, and
self-discipline. And please direct me to be a better steward of these gifts. Help me to trust You
more and to accept Your perfect love. I know that only then can I overcome fear. I pray this and
all prayers in the name of the One sent to forgive my sins and remove my fear, Jesus Christ; and
all God’s children say – AMEN!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6