No Fear

God's Word is my anchor, a strong foundation. It is unchanging, complete and reliable. When I am confused, uncertain, discouraged or want to know the heart of God or need answers or comfort, the Scriptures, living and active and so able to do that and more. 

Today, I am encouraged that fear is not of God. I do not have to live in fear. Although there are many opportunities for me to feel anxious and we do experience fearful moments in this life, I am not destined to a life of fear as a result. I do not have to choose fear. I do not have to live in fear. How do I know this? God's word tells me so and by His grace, I believe it.  

2 Timothy 1:7 says, For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

Despite what I may be feeling in the face of a crisis, devastating news or tragedy, those feelings do not define me. Those moments do not define who I am. But rather those are just  moments. Even in my sadness, confusion or momentary moments of feeling "fear", I have the opportunity to demonstrate the person God has truly created and intended me to be - someone of power, love and sound judgement by faith through Jesus Christ. This in no way takes away our humanity - the ability to feel emotions but it reminds me that I am not ruled by my emotions and feelings. It does not have to overtake me. It does not have to consume me. It does not have to define me. And for that, I am very thankful. 

Even as I sit in my emotions and feelings, I can still be one of power, love and sound judgement. Jesus always gives us a pathway - to hope and life because He is Hope and He is Life. 

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