There are times in life where we face fear. Whether it is fear of failure, rejection, perfectionism, life, etc…we have all faced it. Maybe you are dealing with fear right now. Today, I want to encourage you not to be fearful. 2 Timothy 1:7 [NKJV] says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” How comforting is that?
Lately, I have noticed on my Twitter feed numerous Tweeters who have been dealing with fear. I, myself, have been overcoming fear lately too…the fear of failure and rejection. I want to share with you all that regardless what fear you are facing, you can overcome it. The enemy likes to create fear in us which causes us to stop in our tracks. It can prevent us from moving forward in the direction God has for us. FEAR means False Evidence Appearing Real. Don’t allow fear to stop you, rather keep persevering and moving forward. I read one time that the words “do not fear” is in the Bible 365 times. Do you know what that means? There are 365 days in 1 year, and each day God is saying, “Do not fear.” When we focus on Him and how much He has blessed us, there is no room to think about fear. Instead of dwelling on the fear and letting it magnify in our minds, we need to hand the Lord our concerns and trust that He will make a way. One of the greatest things we can do during tough times is to praise and honor Him, regardless of the storm we are in.
In the Bible, a great example of someone who faced fear was Peter. I am sure you probably have heard of the story of the disciples being in a boat and caught in a terrible wind storm. The winds blew, waves crashing, and they saw someone walking on water. The disciples panicked thinking it was a ghost. Jesus told the disciples to be of a good cheer because it was Him. To make sure this person walking on water was really Jesus, Peter wanted Jesus to command him out of the boat. Jesus called Peter out of the boat. Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, and when he crawled out of the boat, he was walking on water too. However, the moment he took his eyes off of Jesus, he panicked and became fearful…sinking in the water.
“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous,he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” ~Matthew 14:25-33 [NKJV]
What created fear in Peter? The winds and waves. He took his focus off of Jesus and began to focus on the fear. I can imagine Jesus being so gracious, smiling at Peter as he reached down to pull him out of the water. I believe the same thing for us, Jesus smiling and pulling us out of our situation saying, “I will help you, why do you doubt?” Fear is something everyone faces in their life, but it is what we do with it that matters. Are you going to dwell on the fear or keep your focus on Jesus?
If you are dealing with fear, replace those fearful thoughts with God’s Word. What does the Bible say about the situation? God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strength you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” How comforting that God is for us and is with us. “Fear not, for I am with you.” God, the Creator of the Universe, is with you. Remember, you are a blessing and victorious. Fear not!