Busting Fear

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Posted by Anonymous

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“Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 is a verse I’ve fallen back on countless times that carries a battle theme. We’ve all faced or been through something: death, divorce, disease, drugs, depression, or devastation of sorts. Some of us more than others; but, it’s the command that precedes this verse that I struggle with the most, “Be strong and of good courage.” No matter how many times I’ve been knocked down, dunked under, or “held captive,” my rebound doesn’t happen naturally.
            I wish I could be more like Jonathan was in 1Samuel 14:8 when he faced the Philistines. He told his armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows (let’s bust fear in the face!—my interpretation.) . . . Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.” Jonathan knew who had his back—both physically and spiritual.
            Being the “concrete, black & white” thinker that I am, trusting hasn’t come easily. Regardless of how many people have told me, “You’re such a strong person” after recuperating from each of the first three “Ds” mentioned above, it doesn’t get easier for me. I still grow anxious; I forget to pray first; I doubt; I let my emotions get the best of me. So, how do I get up, get through, and go on?
            “’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’says the LORD Almighty.” (Zachariah 4:7) Emerging myself in God’s word on a regular basis helps me to soak up what I need in times of trouble. By rehearsing then releasing what I know to be true, God's Spirit within me becomes my “Fear” buster.

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