There Might Be Monsters
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 (KJV)
Fear is a very real emotion. While the emotion is a valid emotion, what the fear relates to may not always be valid. I know this from my own life experiences with fear, as well as from watching the people around me.
For example, we have four kids. They stagger in age from six to fourteen, and because of their varying ages they go to bed at different times. Kylie, our youngest, is the first to go to bed. Occasionally, we ask her to go upstairs and get ready for bed, while all the rest of the family is downstairs. Every time this happens, without fail, she gets very upset, bursts into tears and says, “I can’t go upstairs by myself… I’m scared! I can’t do it, I can’t!” You see, in Kylie’s mind, she thinks there might be monsters or strange people upstairs out of sight, just waiting for her to come up so they can jump out and scare her, or grab her. I remember thinking things like that when I was little. I was afraid to look under my bed at night because of what might be underneath.
Hopefully, all of us who are now adults have outgrown our fear of the dark, or of what might be lying beneath our beds. But our imaginations are still very active, and our thoughts can produce feelings of fear that cause us to shrink back or hesitate to go boldly after the life God has for us. Fear of failure, fear of what people are thinking, fears of not being successful or of not accomplishing all we think we are supposed to, fear that we will fail as parents or spouses, fear that things will never change, are just a few of the many fears that we can struggle with. We can become paralyzed with thoughts of things that are not even a part of our reality; a fear of what might be, or of what might happen.
I love the reminder that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Fear is not from God, and when fear thoughts pop up in our mind we need to move quickly to get those thoughts in line with God’s word and our hearts fixed back in a position of trust in Him. As we trust Him, surrender our lives to Him, depend on Him to empower us and keep our eyes on Him, He turns our fears into faith.
So, the next time fear thoughts pop up in your mind, remind yourself what God’s word says about your situation Remember that He loves you and has plans for your life – to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future (Jer 29:11). Affirm the truth to chase away the thoughts, imaginations, and lies of the enemy – Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world (1 John 4:4). You can do all things through Him who gives you strength (Phil 4:13), and God will never leave you nor will He ever forsake you (Heb 13:5). Then boldly continue to move forward in faith, believing the best is yet to come!
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