Afraid – Now What?

Hebrews 13:6

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Romans 8:15

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Luke 12:32

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:4

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

Mark 5:36

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

We are all afraid at one time or another. But it’s how we respond thereafter that counts.

If we allow fear to possess us, we become frozen and unable to effectively respond to the situation. Yet when we use fear as the trigger point to take appropriate action and proactively manage the situation, fear dissipates into oblivion.

God gave us emotions to experience the good HE created. When we find ourselves in a pleasant situation, we may experience happiness and contentment. And when we likewise find ourselves in an unpleasant moment, our negative emotions capture the situation waiting for a response.

Fear is one of those emotions that alert us to potential harm. How we react though is a matter of experience, character, and maturity.

Fear is good. Why? Because it alerts us to potential problems. Fear is also bad. Why? Because we may not favorably respond to the situation which may lead to more future pain and sorrow.

When we realize most fear is based on our imagination or previous negative experiences with similar situations, we can take steps now to prepare ourselves for such a moment.

How? By equipping yourself with a belief system built on an eternal foundation proven over time by many individuals facing similar trials and tests in life. 

Scripture reminds us of the power of belief in Christ and the ramifications of such faith. As we walk with our Lord through the ups and downs of life, we develop the experience of trusting HIM to help us in our ordeals. As we pray and live in HIS presence knowing our purpose in HIS macro plan for mankind that includes you and me, we know our future is secure.

Though we may suffer pain or the inconvenience of the situation, we have seen over time the character HE has produced in us to master the situation.

Through the years of walking with HIM and catching HIS teachings through many different events and situations, one gains maturity and becomes more equip with the character and knowledge built upon previous experiences to trust God in all circumstances.

Yes, we may see fear pounce at us in unexpected moment. But now realize fear means I need to respond trusting God to show me how best to get out of the situation. Through the process, we learn how our belief and trust in the Almighty converts our fear into the trigger point of action which builds more character in us and glorifies HIM at the end. In other words, fear is another means to grow in experience, character, and maturity within Christ.   

Afraid – turn to God Almighty and begin the process of sanctification where you will experience the love, joy, and peace which abides with HIM.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books 

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