Don’t Fear—Keep Goingby Joyce Meyer - posted August 29, 2013
If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]
We must learn how to deal with fear before it goes too far because it will never completely go away. Feeling fear is part of being alive. We may feel fear when we are doing something we have never done before, or when the obstacles seem insurmountable, or when we don’t have the natural help we feel we need. None of this means we are cowards; it means we are human. We can only be cowardly when we allow our fears to dictate our actions or decisions, instead of following our hearts and doing what we know is right for us.
We must accept the fact that fear will never go away completely, but also know we can live boldly and courageously because God has told us that He is always with us. Because of that knowledge we can choose to ignore the fear we feel. It’s okay to feel fear; it’s not okay to act on those feelings. You see, the word fear means “to take flight” or “to run away from,” and it causes us to want to flee from what God wants us to confront.
The only acceptable attitude for a Christian to have toward fear is “I will not fear.” Do not shrink back from anything in fear. You may be going forward with something you feel God has spoken to you to do. Then something happens to make it appear that it’s not working out or that people are not in favor of it. You realize that if you do what God wants you to do, you may risk losing some friends, some resources, or your reputation.
When you feel that fear, the first impulse is to shrink back, isn’t it? God knows that, and that is why He says, “Do not fear.” When He tells us not to fear, what He means is, no matter how you feel, keep putting one foot in front of the other and doing what you believe He has told you to do because that’s the only way to defeat fear and make progress.
Trust in Him: Trust the Word of God more than you trust the lies of the devil, and keep making progress!
From the book Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.
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Last night the panic and the fear was overwhelming to the point of ... I don't know the word. I couldn't think or breathe or even cry. Just so many feelings were pouring over me and swirling around me and pressing down on me, heaviness. Ended up at mom and dad's, crumpled into 'trying to cry'. Felt exactly-what-I-needed to just stand their and be held by my parents. What else can we do but just hold each other. It is so much. This morning's devotional from Joyce Meyer was God's perfect timing. The heaviness is different, maybe not less, it is something I push away all day every day, probably about 90% of my time I am pushing fear away. Today I feel I can breathe, the weight is less. The kids are going back to school next week, the pressure of "the last week of summer holiday" doesn't help the other many things I am working through emotionally. It's okay. I'm okay.
Today is a new day. Thank you, Lord, I woke up. I am grateful. Going to take the kids out today for something randomly fun. Purposing the random... I love doing that. [smile]