As someone who has experienced the trauma of a break-in, I know what fear is. I have experienced that gnawing feeling in the pit of the stomach that makes you want to run and hide, yet be too paralyzed to move. And even though you know that the thief is not coming back, you're still afraid to enter the house or stay there by yourself; so for days and weeks, you're jumping at every shadow, every creak.
Fear is like that thief. It robs you of your joy. It steals your ability to make sound judgements. It handicaps your ability to take advantage of potentially great opportunities; and to even recognise them when they come your way.
Fear is the opposite of faith. It was fear that caused the Israelites to wander the wilderness for forty more years. When the twelve spies went to spy out the land of Caanan, only two were able to see the potential for victory. The other ten only saw the obstacles while Joshua and Caleb saw the possibilities. The ten saw the people like giants and they as grasshoppers while Joshua and Caleb saw the food that could feed many in a land flowing with milk and honey.
Fear requires an act of will to destroy its hold on you. You have to purpose in your heart that you will not let fear dominate and overpower you. You have to get angry and kick fear to the curb. It's what I had to do to safeguard my faith that God would protect. I recalled the fact that even though someone did break into our home, we were all physically unharmed and alive. God had protected us as He promised. I recalled every single promise that God gave me concerning my ability to believe and move according to His purpose. I deliberately looked fear in the eye and shouted at it to get out.
If fear has you in its grips right now don't give in to it. I have lost a lot of opportunities because I chose to believe the lie that fear told me above the truth that God had shared. God never gave us a spirit of fear. He gave us instead love and a sound mind. (II Timothy 2:7) Hold fast to that promise and go ahead!
II Timothy 2:7Why not take a few minutes to read:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind.
Numbers 13 (Pay special attention to v. 27-33)
Has fear been ruining your ability to trust God? Have you kicked the fear habit?
How were you able to conquer your goliath? What promises have you claimed that can serve to help someone else to kick the fear habit?