Fear is the greatest enemy of faith. Fear subverts faith; it works to undermine our ability to trust God and believe that He is who He says He is, and will do what He says He will do.
I remember one time after my parents divorced, my mom, my sister and I were living in a little apartment in government housing. There had been a rash of burglaries in the area, and several of our neighbors were so afraid, they chose to stay with other family members rather than stay in their own apartment. I felt like we were the only people left in that whole complex!
One night after we had all fallen asleep, I awoke to my Mom running down the hall screaming, “Someone’s in the house! Someone’s in the house!” I was terrified to the core! I still remember the feeling of being completely paralyzed by fear. I was just about 9 years old and I had no idea how I was going to survive! Fortunately for us, Mom was just having a bad dream. I’ve never been so mad at her! (Although I’m laughing as I think about that night!) But, even though the threat was false, the fear was very real.
The next night, my mom’s fiancé slept on the couch to be sure we were all okay. I had never slept so good! Just knowing that a man was there in case anything happened gave me such peace that we were going to be okay.
It’s time to put an end to fear, once and for all. If you have struggled with fear in any area, God wants to set you free. As you pray today, ask God to show you the root of the fear that you are dealing with and face it head-on. Then allow Jesus to be the guardian of your heart and faith. Allow Him to protect and preserve you in all things.
Reading: 2 Timothy 1:7; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 91