As I sit sipping my hot chocolate, I can’t help but feel content. Because tonight, in my warm, cozy room, I’m choosing to trust God. There’s a million fears threatening to nip at my heals, and I wish I had many things figured out. But I know I can rest in God’s control, and there’s something thrilling about that.
Y’know what, though? I haven’t always felt this peace. In fact, I was a mess of anxiety all through last semester. Not that I had panic attacks, but I stressed about all the wrong things. I was so focused on my behavior and how other people felt about me, that I ended up in a puddle of fear. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointing God or people around me. So I set rules for myself–rules that weren’t necessary or even biblical, because I thought they would fix things. But instead, I just felt frustrated and more anxious when I didn’t meet my own expectations.
Don’t get me wrong: I ADORED my first semester of college and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But I’m so thankful that my mind isn’t in the same fearful place anymore. I’m thankful that trusting God with every little circumstance is getting easier.
Friend, if you’re in the same debilitating place I was, I want to share what I’ve learned with you. I want to show you why it’s absolutely crucial to break free of fear, and in the next post, I’ll tell you exactly how you can.
1) Fear is physically unhealthy
I have some sweet friends who struggle with anxiety and it’s physically debilitating. When fear hits, so do physical problems.
A report from the University of Minnesota said that constant fear can weaken your immune system, lead to accelerated aging, and even impact the brain and memory for the worst. Friend, I’m not saying that to scare you, but think about it: we act like worrying will help us. We think that acting on our fear will control our situation somehow. But in reality, our fear makes the problem worse.
God doesn’t want that for you. I don’t want that for you. Your health is important. ❤
2) Living in fear is avoiding Jesus’ commands
My mom gently told me this a few years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it. She pointed out how many times Jesus says “do not fear”… In Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:6, John 14:27, and dozens of other places, and said “It isn’t just a suggestion. It’s a command. And we’re disobeying Him when we choose to fear instead of trust Him.”
1 John 4:18 says “fear is its own punishment.” Fear in itself is torment, and that’s why it isn’t God’s best for us.
Just like any sin, we need Jesus to help us overcome our fear. Sweet friend, He died for that! He removed fear of its power to harm you. Ask Him for victory over it.
3) Fear hurts our relationship with Jesus
Think about it, friend. Fear is rooted in the desire for control. It’s saying “God, I don’t think you’re strong enough to handle this.” Of course none of us thinks we’re doing that when we’re anxious about something. Especially when we have completely legitimate reasons to be afraid. But when we’re fighting for control God alone should have, we’re pushing Him away. When we’re too afraid to rely on Jesus as our Rock…as the One who loves us more than anyone else in the world…our relationship with Him suffers.
Relationships thrive on trust, and if you can’t trust Your Father who hand-crafted you, who can you trust? He wouldn’t have told you not to fear if He couldn’t overcome any obstacle you face. Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not fear, for I am with you!” (emphasis added). Jesus is constantly by your side. As long as you have Him, you have absolutely no reason to be afraid of anything. Not a single person, circumstance, not demons, and not even death itself can separate you from His power and love. I think that’s the best reason in the world to trust Him.
Let your fear pull you closer to Him. Let it bow your heart in surrender instead of control.
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (1 Timothy 1:7, ESV).
4) Fear is from the enemy
Wouldn’t it make sense that the father of lies–the accuser who longs to destroy you–would attack you with fear? Satan loves us to be afraid and distance ourselves from God.
He wants to confuse you and bombard you with things to worry about. He wants to destroy you, and you’re worth so much more than that. When those doubts creep in…when you feel unwanted or unliked…when you’re afraid of looking stupid from a bad grade or embarrassing mistake…when your enemy accuses you and whispers that God could never love you, grab hold of Jesus. Fear has absolutely no place in His presence. Grab your Bible and fight your enemy with the truth.
You’re more than a conqueror in Jesus. Anything your enemy gives you can be crushed under His feet.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV).
I know this isn’t the most positive post I’ve written, and I promise I’m not pointing fingers. But until we realize the root and severity of our fear, we can’t get away from it. God doesn’t want you chained to fear, and I know you don’t want to be either. That’s why I wrote this next post to show you how you can destroy the fears in your life.<3