“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
In Marianne Williamson’s book, “A Return to Love” she says: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I love reading this quote by Marianne Williamson and it liberates me every time I read it. Why? Because I am a child of God and my deepest fear is that I am powerful beyond measure and it scares the crap out of me. I also know whose I am and the Greater that is within me won’t let me be small or afraid. So, I put on my big girl pants and tackle my fear and do what is required of me because I know my Abba Father is with me everywhere I go.
In case you’re asking, how do you tackle fear?
- Know that fear is an emotion. According to dictionary.com, the definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Emotions are a part of who you are as a living soul. Your emotions, will, and thoughts are the seat of your soul. You have a mind to think, a heart to feel, and a will to choose.
- Know that fear is not a fact. It is natural to feel afraid, but be mindful, it is just a feeling, not a fact.
- Be quick to defend yourself. When you know something is a lie, you are quick to defend it, aren’t you? It’s the same with fear, you have to be quick to defend yourself. And you do that with the Word of God for it is your weapon in a spiritual warfare. Yes, fear is a spiritual warfare. It is a tool the enemy use to keep you paralyze in the condition you are in and not move forward. For he knows the power that lies within you. He also knows that when you move, you liberate others to move. Find a scripture in the bible that quickens your spirit when you read it. My favorite scripture is the one above in red.
- Repeat that scripture until you believe it. Say it over and over until those nerves or cramps in your stomach leave. And breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.
My sister, my brother, God did not give us the spirit of fear. He gave us love, power, and a sound mind. Rest in God’s love when you are afraid. Assure yourself that there lies power in you because of God. Depend on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit for sound judgment or sound mind.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
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