Sep 30, 2022
As we wrap up our series on overcoming fear, we bring it all to a close by discussing finding freedom from fear.
In episode one of this series, we looked at some Bible verses that tell us what God says about fear. And there are dozens that speak to our specific needs, but one in particular stands out as comprehensive. First Peter 5:6–7 says, “Humble yourselves then under God's mighty hand so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him because he cares for you.” These two short verses tell us several things. One, if we submit to God's power by acknowledging we can't solve our problems, He is strong enough to intervene and bring about the outcome we really want. Second, He does this in His own time, on His own timetable. Third, we are to leave our problems at His feet. There's nothing wrong with getting an image in your mind where you actually do this and then walk away, your burden lifted.
Key in getting on track is recognizing that you might have a trust problem. If you've been deeply hurt by, say, a family member, you might subconsciously be failing to trust God Himself. When this is a first step in getting free of fear for good, know that an unburdened mind is not usually gained quickly, or without what we would call maintenance. The only thing predictable about our world is that it's unpredictable. If you think you're going to have one great afternoon and every day after that is carefree, you're deluding yourself.
We've already established that a daily time of prayer, reading your Bible, and focus on God's love for you is a combination that our enemy can't overcome. Choosing to believe God's Word is practical, and it works. That can't be emphasized enough. Jesus said in John 16:33 that we will absolutely have trouble in our lives, but that He has already overcome the world. This fact will help to keep you on that straight path. It will, ultimately, one day lead to paradise with the One that created you, sustains you, and loves you forever.
Lord, having the discipline to daily rely on you is something we often lack. And when we focus and concentrate our minds and our hearts on your good gifts, fear leaves, and it can be replaced with courage and peace. Thank you for providing for all of our needs all the time. In Jesus' name. Amen.