"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
This blessing is special to me because, with the help of God and my family, I have overcome a severe case of ongoing fear and dread.
In my battle, I began collecting "fear not" verses from the Bible, writing them in my journal, memorizing and meditating on them. The only rule was that I couldn't locate a "fear not" verse by using a Concordance. I had to find them by searching the Word. As time went by, there began to be a gradual but very definite and noticeable decrease in the amount of time I spent in fear.
Then our children got involved in the project. We still had three at home, and I would find scripture verses on smudged, wrinkled pieces of paper in childish handwriting - stuck in the middle of my desk or on my chair. And my husband searched for "fear not" verses as well. Oh, how I treasured those "found" verses.
One day I woke up and realized the fear was all gone. The situation we had been in for years didn't seem so threatening any more. I was able to relax and just wait on the Lord, to see what He was going to do about it. Within a short time, God responded by eliminating the problem completely. Was He waiting on me to learn my lesson?
Did you know, our brains express only two basic emotions: fear and love? And it is our decision to choose one or the other. Christ says that, "Perfect love casts out all fear." Which will you choose?
Help me, dear Lord, to stop focusing on my fears and start dwelling on Who You really are. You are the Almighty God. Everything is under Your control. You are the all knowing God, You know exactly what's going on. You are the ever present One. I know I'm not facing this alone. You are the God of love, and because You love me so much, I know You're looking out for me. I thank You that there is no need at all to be afraid.
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