When you let worry and fear consume you, it is impossible to be joyful.
When you let worry and fear consume you, you compare yourself to everyone and everything.
When you let worry and fear consume you, you suffocate instead of resting in the Lord.
This year has been full of exciting things, but they have been overlooked by my constant struggle with worry and fear. I have missed out on many joyful occasions because I’ve been complaining and comparing (this is a scary and dangerous game). I have made this year me-centered and I am 100% sure the people around me were aware of it and were annoyed by it. But today, the Lord spoke louder than ever to me through time spent with Him and through a very trusting, honest sister and friend.
I have been overcome with worry and fear that I’ve led myself to believe I am the one in charge of every moment of my future and I am responsible to carry the weight of my sin.
I have become numb to grace and forgiveness.
I continually told myself that I am too far away from the Lord for Him to open His arms once again. I told myself there is no way I could run back to the Father and rest. But looking back, I only told myself these lies because they came from the “liar and father of lies”, Satan (John 8:44).
I can list all the ways I have struggled and the exact situations that have caused me to tremble with fears and many, many tears…
I can tell you why I have no reason to worry or fear! (if you really want to know how I let fear succumb me and how I can now see where the Lord was at work, let’s eat a meal together!)
I do not have to worry or fear because I am a daughter of The King. I have put my salvation in the Lord and I know that He has a far greater plan for my life than I can plan to a T. Even though I tell myself everyday how undeserving of grace and love and mercy I am, the Lord gives it to me because I abide in Him. I should not worry or fear because then I am telling God that He is not enough to satisfy me and that I have very little faith in a very big God.
I do not have to worry or fear because the Word of God says:
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
*This is a testimony of David, but I think this is a great reminder to seek the Lord and He will deliver you from all your fears.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh[a]
and refreshment[b] to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[b] for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:26-28
I think the greatest way we can encourage our fearful brothers and sisters is to take the advice from Paul from his first letter to the believers in the church of Thessalonica…
14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,[a] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14