“Fear is a thief. It erodes our faith, plunders our hope, steals our freedom, and takes away our joy of living the abundant life in Christ.” –Neil T. Anderson, Freedom from Fear.
For my entire first trimester, I barely even let my heart acknowledge that I was pregnant. I was so fearful that I was going to miscarry that I tried to protect my heart from the disappointment of possibly losing the baby by not really feeling the magnitude of this miracle. I knew Paul could tell something was wrong. He would ask me how I was doing or what excited me the most about the baby being born and I could barely answer him. He was trying to connect to my heart, but I could not allow myself to dream because I was so fearful something was going to go wrong. Every doctor appointment we had I would brace myself for the horrible news that there was no heartbeat. I was not dreaming about the future with a son or daughter. I barely even felt joy. Fear had totally paralyzed me and was completely controlling my life. Realistically, miscarriage was and still is a legitimate possibility. However living in fear did nothing good for me, it only stole from me. I believed the lie that I was protecting myself and controlling the outcome, when in reality fear was actually controlling me.
Many times fear does stem from legitimate and realistic possibilities. We let fear take control when those possibilities begin to dominate our thoughts, put us in a state of constant worry, or remove us from the truth that God is in control and He is a caring and loving Father. The reality is that life is hard! Bad things happen and will continue to happen, but we give in to the enemy when we allow fear to rule our lives. The fraud of fear is that it gives us the illusion of being in control. We are not controlling anything when we allow fear to dominate our lives. We must have a solid foundation in our hearts that the Father is a good Father and has our best interest in mind to fully trust Him and release our fears to Him.
Releasing fear starts by releasing control. Fear and control are closely related. The more fearful we are the more controlling we act. We do not have control over every detail of our lives, but we do have the power to release our fears to the Lord. Living in fear does not protect us or anyone around us. Jesus says in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” I have the answer! NO ONE! I can tell you for sure that worry and fear will not add a single hour to your life, but it most certainly can take valuable time away. When we are fearful, we are not fully present. Fear can steal days, weeks, or months from us because we are so consumed by fear we are not truly living.
I have realized that living in fear has become “the norm” for many people. We may not even realize how much fear has infiltrated our lives. Examine your heart and ask yourself, “What am I trying to control?” If something is constantly filling your thoughts - that is fear! If you feel anxious and worried regularly, recognize that is fear controlling your life. I was praying about this and felt like I heard the Father say, “I want to give people a new normal!” He does not want fear and worry to be our normal any longer!
Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.” (NLT)
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting the whole of your care [all of your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (AMP)
Oh those words literally bring me to tears! He is such a good Father and He wants to make a great exchange: our burdens for His peace! I believe His heart wants to shout it from the mountains, “DO NOT FEAR! I AM WITH YOU AND I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU!” His kind heart does not want us to be held down by fear and worry any longer. The chains of fear are broken off of you now, will you choose to stand up and shake them to the ground? Fear has no power over you! One of my favorite song lyrics I have ever written is, “He is casting out fear, let it go.” I believe it is so powerful because we have to choose to let our fears go. The Lord is casting them off of us, but we have to intentionally give those burdens over to Him when they come to weigh us down.
Instead of indulging your fears and daydreaming about every possible bad outcome in life, when you feel fear enter your heart let it be an invitation to prayer. Take those things to the feet of Jesus and leave them there! Pray about it and then let it go. Let it go! You do not need to carry the burdens of this world any longer.
There is so much peace in knowing that He knows everything that will come our way. He is never surprised and never caught off guard, even when we are. He is fully capable of taking care of us and our loved ones and He will never let you down. Do not let fear steal another day of your life. Live fearless in knowing that you are the child of a faithful Father!
I have made and will be wearing this bracelet to help remind myself to be fearless because I have a faithful Father! If you would like a bracelet for yourself or a friend head over to the shop and you can purchase one for $20!