” 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.” … 8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged”. Deuteronomy 6: 6, 8
Fear is something I have a hard time shaking.
Over the years I really have struggled with anxiety and panic, and well if you have never really struggled with those two things it is really hard to explain what it does to your mind and how you function in life. Before I became a Christian I was so paralyzed by fear, it controlled my life. Now I am not saying that because I am a Christian now that I still don’t struggle with it, but it is different.
I have learned to put action to the scripture that God lays before me and I have learned to fully trust in His promises to me…so when the anxiety or fear start to kick in I remind myself of those things. Now as a parent and watching the fears of my children, I am reminded of how important it is to teach them that;
1) Fear doesn’t come from God. 2 Timothy 1: 6-7 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”
2) God is always with you. Isaiah 41: 10 “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”
3) Thankfulness will always erase anxiety. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 “ give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
When we spend our days in worry or anxiety we are losing precious time around us. We can stand firm in the battle, because some days that is exactly what it feels like; a battle. We can have hope in knowing that He is with us and He gives us His word to speak to our hearts where we are and encourage us. He will lift us up and show us that we are fully loved and completely taken care of.
I love this quote from Charles Spurgeon because it reflects what our anxieties really do; “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
Have courage & quit worrying and remember we have no need to fear because He goes before us & with us, He won’t leave us!
Believe it and trust it!