Stepping out of Fear

Chapter 4, 3rd read.

How does one step out of fear.  What process have I used to remove fear and anxiety from my life.
I will say that it is not a one time event. - At least not for me.  For me, fear was secondary to anxiety, but they are close cousins.

Merriam-webster defines each as the following:

Fear: "An unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger"

Anxiety: "An abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs, by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it."

Rewinding one day and realizing that most of the information that is received is from a broken world, it is easy to see how one could live in fear.  Listen to the news and you read of the impending end of the world through climate change, refugees, meteors, aliens, terrorists, economic crashes, solar flares, tidal waves, hurricanes, winter storms, and the list goes on.  Realizing most if not all of the list above is based on the lack of evidence or perhaps half-truths.

Now listen to the same sources and they will tell you how to fix the above issues.  Tell you how to prepare.  Tell you where you need to spend your time, money, and energy.   I wonder how many of the stories are exaggerated as a brilliant marketing ploy to capture the hearts, minds, and wealth of so many who might believe.

The broken world will tell you...

Be strong, Be wise, Seek Power, Seek Position, Seek after perfect Health, Seek wealth, Change your circumstances, change your relationships...

Trust me when I say this...
I am not able to resolve my fear through any of the above...

P.D. Tripp references the answer in Psalm 27:1
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?"

I am not afraid of the above because I have made myself wealthy, healthy, wise, powerful or any thing else listed.   I am not afraid because "I have been lit by the Lord of Light"
To paraphrase... I no longer walk blinded by the darkness of this world... my mind has been renewed by the "luminescent presence of His truth-guiding Holy Spirit"

It is not anything I have done, but He who has done it in me.

Again, this is not a one time thing for me... I am constantly being reminded.. I have no reason to fear!



Comments

  1. Growth is not a one-time event. Living free of fear is not either. There are those times we think we have this whole thing licked but then reality hits. As you said, it is not a one time thing for me either.

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    1. No doubt Bill, no doubt... I am a work in progress!

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  2. All the bad news we hear on a daily basis threatens to cripple us with fear. But God is there to reassure us, to calm us, and help us move forward in faith. And yes, like you, Ryan, I am constantly in need of that reminder.
    Blessings!

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    1. I agree Martha, I try to limit my news intake... I also try to be selective on the sources. I also agree with you that God provides our assurance. He is always with us... in the best of times and in the worst of times.

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