“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7
The past few months have been HEAVY. I feel like I have taken on the world’s problems in my mind and I want to fix everything wrong. How about that for 2020! Not only did each month seem to have its own problem, but they just piled on top of each other and things got overwhelming. So a few months ago, I noticed that I started to feel off and weird. I can’t really explain it any better because I didn’t understand my feelings at the time. But I knew that I needed to take some genuine time to connect with the Lord and gain some control over my thoughts.
Fear is a real thing and I’m not just talking about the fear we feel of clowns and spiders. I’m talking about the fear of the unknown. Doubt and worry go hand and hand with fear and something we struggle with daily. I have wrestled with the difference between having wisdom in my decision making or aking decisions out of fear.
I am the type of person who likes to follow rules and I typically don’t question the rules if I know that I agree with them. Each person gets to make their own decisions. Some stay in the middle, like me, where we follow the rules and respect them. Some don’t follow the rules and are not using the wisdom and the discernment that the Lord gave us. Then some people let fear make every decision for them. We are human and let fear take over our thoughts, but I know that it’s not from the Lord. The verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” and as I read that verse I automatically find peace. It’s instant!
I want to encourage you today with whatever decision or thought you are struggling with to not allow fear to influence you. You have the power to overcome that fear, just like the scripture says. Harness that power and self-control from the Lord and push away the fear and doubt that the enemy wants us to have. It is human nature to want to trust in ourselves and our own thoughts, but the Lord wants us to fully commit ourselves to Him. He is the provider, the protector, the Father! We will never fail when we follow the Lord’s will for our lives.
Pray: Lord, You are the ultimate provider for my life, I want to commit my life to You. Guide me today, show me where You need me. Help me to let go of my sins that are holding me back from fully surrendering to You. Help me see the wisdom that You have given me to make decisions. Take away the fear, doubt, and anxiety I have and replace it with your power and self-control. I want to glorify You every step of my day. Thank You Lord for my life and for providing for me daily.
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