Good day, Beautiful People!
With the crazy and uncertainty of the world. Many people today live with fear. Wondering what the future holds, apprehensive if things are getting from bad to worse. Pessimistic outlook about the world economy, finance, business and work. Considering their own personal issues and awful situation they are in: bad health report, estrange relationship, betrayal, loss of loved ones, hardship, tragedies, traumas, crisis, catastrophe, illogical phobias, bankruptcy, emotional turmoil, stress and the demands of life, loneliness, FOMO (fear of missing out) and mentally in the dark place. No matter how bad and distasteful your situation maybe, be encouraged that God knows the situation even before you pray. Your situation is temporary. So never ever make a permanent decision over a temporary situation. And this too shall pass.
Fear can be quite sneaky, creeping up to anyone at anytime. Fear has no discrimination against nationality, race, gender, status, wealth or poverty. It will try to box you in. Over time, you may feel comfortable living with fear. If you are not careful, fear will become the squatter in your home. Once fear gains residency in your heart, is harder to get rid of it. At this stage, fear will undertake you, cripple you or paralyse you from trying new things or doing things or even step out of your home again. When fear rules you, there is no room for love and hope. That is why we need to learn to guard our heart. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs4:23
The only way to conquer fear is to be courageous, face fear straight on and fight fear bravely one step at the time. You cannot hide away. Just keep moving forward, God has you covered. It maybe uncomfortable and hardest matter for you to overpower. Nevertheless, confront the fear or it will eat you alive.
Do you know fear is a learnt emotion? A little child does not know what is fear or what to fear. The good thing about learnt emotion is that you can replace that with another emotion. Perfect love cast out fear. So let us replace fear with love. We may not be able to remove all fear in our lives but certainly can start somewhere and work on each fear. You may want to invest in your mental health with a good shrink, superb counsellor and a great life coach. Of course, one should have a healthy fear and reverence of God in my humble opinion. This is not we are focusing on here.
Read and meditate on God’s promises about fear:
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm23:4
“The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” -Psalm27:1
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” -Psalm118:6
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” -2Timothy1:7
“You who fear him, trust in the LORD– he is their help and shield” -Psalm115:11
“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– Psalm103:17
“Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.” -Psalm112:1
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy31:6
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” -Psalm56:3-4
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah41:10
“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” -Isaiah41:13
“Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.” -Isaiah54:4
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” -Matthew10:28
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “”Abba,” Father.””-Romans8:15
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” -1Corinthians16:13
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”” -1Peter3:13-14
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” -1John4:18
Below are some quotes that may stir you to get rid of your fear:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
― John Lennon
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
― Jim Morrison
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
― Nelson Mandela
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
It is alright to be scared. Being scared means you are about to do something really courageous. Do it scared anyway. It is not just a cliché, miracles begin to happen when you allow as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.
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