Choosing who you are each day is an act of faith! Are you going to be the person who freaks out? Will you be held hostage by fear? Or will you live in faith over fear?
First let me say, I am not a doctor. If you feel overwhelmed by fear, you may need to see a doctor.
Choosing Faith Over Fear
There is a saying I quote to myself as many times as needed each day. It goes like this:
Saying and praying this helps me focus on who I’m going to be today. It shifts my thinking, my attitude and ultimately I’m choosing to live out my faith.
Fear can be a bad habit that needs to be broken. Draw a line in the sand! Retrain yourself to think and act in a way that is positive and calming. This can be accomplished by memorizing Scripture, praying and verbally proclaiming quotes like the one above. Be confident in who you are and who you are meant to be in Christ.
Reasons for Fear
- After an illness, I let fear and what I’ll call it’s cousins of anxiety, stress and worry hold me back. Captivated by “what-if’s” is no way to live the life God has given!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7
- Traumatic experiences can result in fear. There is no shame in seeing a doctor when need be. The important thing to remember is to not let fear rule your life.
- There are also medical conditions that may be causing fear. Hormone imbalance can cause anxiety in people that have never had problems with it before.
- Spiritual warfare is also a reality that can attack in the form of fear. For the Christian, it’s important to pray on the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-17.
The Mind of Christ
“Since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Note the above bolded phrase. If we can take every thought captive, I believe we can master our thinking. In other words, don’t let your mind run wild dwelling on fear or negative emotions. Choose where your mind goes!
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5
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Living Out Faith in Obedience
The Great Commission verse isn’t obeyed, when we’re at home too fearful to leave. Fear can feel paralyzing, keeping you closed off from others.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19
Taking your focus off of fear and onto others could help you live out your faith. Seek the Lord to know which specific service is best for you. Some areas to consider: food pantry, mission center, various ministries found in your local church, cooking a meal for a sick neighbor, and many others that are maybe unique to your local area. Serving others is one way we can choose faith over fear.
No matter where you are on your journey in faith, I hope this brief post has brought encouragement to you. Share this pin with others.