Facing Your Fears

The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about the fact of this Blog site. Specifically that it’s been sitting “post-less” for nearly a year. Sure, I’ve been sick, but not that sick. Sure, Mom moved in with me and then she got sick. Truly, she was very ill and I spent every minute with her. However, I could have posted “something”.

So, I’ve been Praying about it. I believe God orders my steps, so I am trusting Him to use this space for His Glory.

God has a sense of humor. As I was in personal worship with Him this morning, I was singing, “This is the day The Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”. As I sang the word rejoice, I saw it in my spirit as “Re-Joyce”. I immediately came to attention, kinda, sorta, giggling. Way back in 1990, I had a Dear friend who had cancer. I wrote her letters daily hoping to inspire, uplift, to support her through the evil disease that was attacking her. Sadly, she passed. Or, joyfully, depending whose eyes you are discerning this through, she is Home with Jesus!

Re-Joyce was God’s way of reminding me that a few days before this, somewhere in the chaos of my clutter, I had come across the letters I had written to Joyce back in 1990. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I am once again praying for a woman named Joyce who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Re-Joyce-ing is going back through the letters I wrote in 1990 and re-learning those lessons I wrote about, to my friend Joyce. The first letter in the stack was about “Facing Your Fears”.

Good place to start!

Satan has been trying to get me into a place of fear. Again! When the fear didn’t overwhelm me through my own health issues, my Mom got sick. That was, at first, terrifying! When I would come to this site and try to write, my old insecurities would return, so yes, I have been fighting a different type of fear than those I had in 1990 but there are situations in my life that could easily cause me to fear, “IF” I let them.

It’s pretty cool that just last night I listened to Pastor John Gray preach from his book, “Faith Your Fear”! I love that!

When I turned 65 in 2017, I was forced to change Physicians for insurance purposes. I loved my Doctor! I had been his patient for over 30 years! I was in a position where I didn’t really have a choice. I transferred to the Dr. that my Mom had been seeing for several years. The morning of my first appointment I was very stressed. My body was betraying me. I couldn’t walk right, and my speech was nearly unintelligible. My face contorted with different twitches that I couldn’t control. As I prayed before I left for the appointment, I heard the still small voice in my spirit whisper, Faith conquers Fear. When I got to the clinic, the nurse that called me back to the exam room was wearing a tee shirt with the words, Faith over Fear. My fear and stress left me instantly. At my next visit, one of the office staff members gave me her shirt.  

Me and my Faith over Fear shirt!

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

2nd Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear. He has given us The Spirit, (Christ’s Spirit), of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind.

A quick scan in my Strongs Concordance reveals that of all the words translated fear in all of its forms, this verse is the only place in the New Testament, where this word is translated as fear.

The Greek word, means, fear. 🙂 the word can also be translated as timid. Our fear overshadows our Faith so we become timid, shy, and afraid to trust God. Even though we know in our hearts that Faith is the substance of our hope, the fear overwhelms us, if, we allow it. The root word that this Greek word comes from means, “FAITHLESS”.

Do you know, God has given to every person, The Measure of Faith? Romans 12:3

Do you know, if you are Born Again, you already have been gifted with that measure of Faith? Ephesians 2:8

Do you know, if you act on that measure of Faith, your Faith will grow and become stronger? Romans 10:17

Do you know you can change your thoughts of negativity to Faith driven Promises of God? Romans 12:2

Do you know, your Faith will overcome your fear? 2nd Timothy 1:7

Don’t be “Faithless”! When fear becomes overwhelming it overpowers your Faith. Don’t let it go there! Transform your mind by renewing it with the Word of God, Praise and Worship, and the Power of the Name of Jesus! When we actively seek God, all else becomes insignificant. Put the dark shadow of fear beneath the Light of the Shadow of the Cross!

I’m not saying there is never a time when we need a healthy fear. We need to use caution in our daily lives and activities, but when we have unknown fears that plague us and make us depressed and anxious we need to stop and ask ourselves, what am I afraid of? What’s the worst that could happen.

I believe when we can surrender our fears of things and people to Him we gain a deeper understanding of just how much He loves us. When we can truly understand His Love, we are able to accept the Reality of what He does, and more, the Reality of what He has Already Completed for us on the Cross.

So, what are you afraid of? Maybe it’s time to face it! ********************************************************