There are fears that come and go in our lives, and then there are fears that paralyze us from moving forward and living in the peace of God. A major way to truly access peace is to face our fears. For some of us, we only have one fear; for others of us, we have many.
Do you find yourself being afraid to fail? Afraid of lack? Afraid of being alone? Afraid of rejection? Afraid of success? Do you find yourself working hard to keep people from talking about you rather than pursuing after your identity and purpose in God? What are you afraid of?
What I’ve learned from a book I’m reading called, “Simplify,” by Pastor Bill Hybels, every fear has an origin. In other words, the things or situations we fear derived from something that took place some time ago. Maybe you’re afraid to be alone because someone close to you abandoned you when you were little. Maybe you’re afraid of being original and unique because someone in your family made fun of you in some way. Perhaps you’re afraid of lack because you experienced a foreclosure or repossession in the past.
Ask yourself, “Why do I allow myself to be driven by the lies of the enemy?” You do know that fear is a lie the devil tells you, right? He loves to convince you that you’ll never be healed, whole, free, and happy. He wants you to believe that God doesn’t love you, and that you will spend the rest of your life living in the mundane. He wants you to be immune to living in fear. Because fear brings torment with it he wants you to be so inwardly conflicted and scared until you feel like you cannot talk to God.
The opposite of fear is love. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love.” Perfect love casts out all fear. So ultimately, when we allow lies to rule our worlds we are saying that God doesn’t love us. God loves you, and He wants you to receive that Truth in your heart today. Meditating on and receiving the love of God will give you ammunition to conquer your fears.