January 27, 2005
Shattering Fear With Truth
Fear enslaves us. Anxiety can color our entire perspective until we live with a constant sense of unease. But fear does not fit who we are as Christians. We are children of the living God, who has promised to care for us and work all things for our good. If we choose to live in anxiety, then at the end of our lives, we will look back and wish we had trusted God more. But instead of waiting for regret, we can be freed from our fear now.
Identify specific worries and be willing to deal with them. We cannot begin to understand our anxieties until we recognize the basic root of all fear. Of course, there are many causes of anxious concern - ignorance, overactive imagination, inherited mindset - but ultimately the root is our doubt of God's sovereignty. He is in control of all things. We are under His power, provision, and protection every single moment of our life. Fear is shattered on the foundational truth of God's omnipotent control.
Focus on God instead of on fear. When we understand that we are in the hand of our almighty, all-knowing, all-loving Father, the choice to refocus on Him becomes easier. But we must make this courageous decision every time we face the object of our anxiety.
Meditate on the Word of God. This is the most powerful step we can take to overcome fear. In times of trouble, we must hold fast to the truths of Scripture. Use the Bible as God intended - as an immovable anchor for your life.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
For more about this topic and many more, be sure to visit the "Exploring the Bible" section of intouch.org. http://www.intouch.org/myintouch/exploring/index_76118.html