I have never met anyone who did not have a fear of something. In fact, according to one recent study, 6.3 million Americans have been diagnosed with some type of phobia. These are just the ones whose phobias have become so debilitating that they need a diagnosis and treatment in order to live a normal life. There are far more out there struggling who have yet to need such treatment.
Fear and anxiety rob us of life and vitality in more ways than you might imagine. The amount of time lost from work, school and just plain “living” is staggering.
Millions of people suffer countless phobias ranging from social anxiety to fear of elevators, cats and water. Each phobia and the anxious moments associated with it, result in an altered life as decisions are made in light of the fear at hand. What fears are you struggling with in your own life?
Fear is defined by “Webster” as “to expect or worry about something bad or unpleasant.” So for the vast majority of us there is some area in our life from which we expect something bad or unpleasant on a regular if not constant basis.
The opposite of fear is hope. Hope is the expectation of something good. Thus the remedy for fear is hope. Scripture teaches us that “perfect love cast out all fear.” The only love which is perfect is the love which finds it origin in God. We can depend upon God. We can depend upon His perfect character and the perfect love He has for each of us. Our dependence upon God produces hope, expectation of good things, which drives fear from our life!
Are you filled with fear or hope? The difference may be a little time with Christ so you might learn more of His character, power and intentions for your life!
Rest in the perfect power and perfect character of Jesus. Find a new expectation which rests upon God’s intentions and plans for your life!
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