Thursday, November 11, 2010

Not To Fear

I've been struggling with fear.  How long? Well, most of my life. 

I think it has a lot to do with having a desire to understand and control the things that interface with my decisions and their consequences.  And though I think God has given me an ability to analyze and think well, I have a tough time making decisions when they will affect me in some way.  In other words: I am afraid of making mistakes that will cause me pain. "Buyer's Remorse"

My mother tells me that I was fearful as a child. (  But I only remember being afraid at night when I was alone upstairs and the rest of the family was together downstairs.) I recall one night when my brother, John, showed me each and every nook and cranny of my room so I was sure I was safe!  I think what made me feel safe that night was knowing my brother understood that I was afraid, but he wasn't.  His courage gave me courage.

 As a child of God I am instructed NOT to fear, but instead to trust.  God wants me to know that every nook and cranny of my life is within his sight, reach, and control ; that anything that happens will be utilized for my ultimate good.  This is comforting.  So keeping this truth in the forefront of my thoughts and behavior is essential in order to obey his command to trust.  The piece I might be missing (since I am unable to maintain trust) is a clear grasp of God's understanding of my fear and an unshakable trust in his strength.


If that is true, how would he have to teach me not to fear?  I suppose I would need to continually experience His strength to handle things.  This is where faith comes in.  God has given me faith in his strength, but in order to experience that strength, I need to see and acknowledge my weakness, see myself fail, and find Him as my rescuer.  IE: step into the rushing waters.

So I will place myself continually at the feet of His throne and trust in his incomparable strength and mercy.


"God, I know you are able when I am not able.  Thank you for revealing where I am weak, so that I may see your strength.  " Amen
 



Pin It!

3 comments:

  1. Hello,

    What a wonderful inspiration your words are. Thank you for the kind comment you left on my blog.

    God Bless!
    Noelle / azplantlady

    ReplyDelete
  2. Been thinking alot about II Pet 1 where it says we have 'everything we need for life and godliness' THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM who called us to HIs own glory and excellence. Somehow, this addresses our fears and everything else in which we are found wanting. I ask myself (and God), what aspect of God do I need to understand more completely in order to be sufficient with everything I need for life and godliness.... What a great promise! Thank you for this excellent bit of sharing and encouragement.

    ReplyDelete

Please share your thoughts.

To Subscribe by Email :

Enter your email address:

Precious Readers

My Father's Words

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Love never fails

Father's Love Letter

An Intimate Message from God to You:

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad.... ...Almighty God

PERMISSION TO COPY:The printed version of Father's Love Letter can be copied and used for free distribution providing the following copyright information is displayed... 'Father's Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications Copyright 1999-2008 http://www.fathersloveletter.com/

If you would like to look up the verses...copy and paste to the search bar on this site: Bible Gateway