Fear is powerful. It comes in many different forms and voices. Certain fear can keep us from pursuing dreams and can cause spiritual growth to come to a halt.
Fear can be crippling.
This past month has been hard for me. And when life is rough, an ungodly fear tends to silently but steadily creep into our lives.
During this time in my life, I found myself praying over and over again that God would take away my fears, but at the end of the day, I was unwilling to shift from my position of doubt. I was asking God why. Why me? Why now? And although I couldn’t see God’s hand at work, it was. He was and is always in control.
And then the verse, 1 Peter 5:7 came to my mind. It says,
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Then it hit me. I needed to not only ask God to take away my fears, I needed to cast them off and give them to Him. I needed to SURRENDER my doubt.
God was teaching me to trust Him with everything, but in order for me to do that, I needed to give Him everything. I could sit around begging Him to take away my inward fear, but if I was unwilling to trust Him with my anxiety, I would still sink back into those fears. I wasn’t changed until I surrendered my fears and my doubt and the Spirit came and changed me. I wasn’t changed until, by God’s power, I opened up the boundaries that were closing me off from His peace.
Fear is still a part of my life, but fear no longer controls my life. Fear is still whispering anxious thoughts into my ears whenever I begin to doubt, but my God helps me to say no to this sinful fear. That fear is not stronger than my Savior. And releasing sinful fear is a learning process. I didn’t just wake up one day to find the fear gone. However, when I surrendered my fears to Jesus, He made me brave. He made me brave when I wasn’t strong enough. He made me brave when I was overwhelmed with weakness. And He makes me brave every single day.
-Rachel Lauren (greatergaze.com)