Journal Entry ~ 05/18/19
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36
To really evaluate the fear in our lives, we must ask ourselves, why are we so afraid? What are we truly fearful of?
Our initial responses will usually be the situation or the trial that we may be facing...I fear my children may never give their lives to Jesus, I fear my marriage may fail, I fear my health may fail, I fear I may lose my job, I fear I will not be able to pay my bills, I fear I will be alone, I fear people will judge me. We fear the storm will rage harder and longer than we can hold on. We fear the worst in our situation. Fear of a danger stronger than we are is appropriate, right in line with God’s design.
But there is often misplaced priority in our fears. It’s important to dig down underneath those initial answers. If we keep asking ourselves the question, why are we so afraid, we will get to the core of our heart issue. Who or what we believe is most powerful in the storm will be the master of our thoughts and our actions. If we keep asking ourselves that question, and we seek to honestly and humbly respond to it, it will show us the way to freedom.
The secret to freedom from our fears is to transfer all of our fears to Him and only Him. Those other things may be bigger than us, and they may be frightening, but we need to stop fearing other things more than we fear Jesus. When we fear other things more than Jesus, we are dishonoring Him and that, my friends, is idolatry.
Bottom line, we fear because we don't trust that Jesus is greater than the situation in our lives. We don't trust that He loves us enough to do what's best for us - whatever that may be. Do not fear, only believe. He is bigger than anything standing in your way today.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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