I saught the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
Some fear is healthy. Like fear of a snake. This is because it could bite you. We teach our children not to touch the stove because it is hot. This is more like a healthy respect. My friend Michelle Bengston wrote a book called Breaking Anxiety’s Grip. In the book she states that this was meant for short term survival skills.
But most of the time fear is unfounded. Meaning it has no foundation or basis of fact. It is false evidence appearing real. This is something I myself have struggled with. My husband is late, and I’m worried he has been in an accident. Truth is he probably just stopped off at the store, but my mind is racing.
During these times I have to ask myself if my fear is founded on fact or the unknown. Because the unknown can be anything and therefore nothing imagined can really be based in truth unless we know for certain. I need to remember that if I give fear with no basis in truth an inch it will take a mile. I call my racing mind during these times Barkley after the big fluffy dog from Sesame Street. He is just running through my mind with no end in sight. Therefore I tell myself, “Sit Barkley!” And then I call on scripture to ground me.
Over the next few weeks we will do a fear thinking fast. First let’s journal our fears we are currently dealing with. You are welcome to use the comments, or a journal of your own.
Let’s start with ten. Can I pray for you?
Lord, your word says, “I saught the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.” Please heat our plea to be delivered from what causes fear, worry, anxiety, and a sneaky dread. Allow us to capture these thoughts and restore and renew our minds with your word. Help us starve our fear and doubt and build our faith with trust in you! In Jesus name, Amen.