Several days ago, the stock market plummeted. Banks are in trouble. Big time companies like AIG are being bailed out by our federal government. What does this do to American spending?
More than likely, it instills a bit of fear in us.
Just like my experience on Monday with a complete stranger entering my house and trying to open windows – I felt fear.
Fear comes in many forms. And, if we allow it, it will govern us. We won’t give tithes or offerings, because we are fearful there won’t be enough money left over. We stop letting our children play outside, because we are afraid of mentally disturbed neighbors approaching. We don’t want to commit in a relationship, because we have fears of getting hurt again. We don’t apply for that job, because we’ve been rejected before. What if we are turned down again? We live a life filled with anxiety, because we fear losing control.
When we let these fears govern us, we become victims and not victors. We forget who we are in Christ. And, we operate in fear instead of faith. And, not only do we fail to live the life He has called us to live, but we fail to live in Him.
As a matter of fact, Satan uses fear to keep you from God’s best. Uh huh. Sure does. Proverbs 12:25 says “an anxious heart weighs a man down.” How can we be all that God wants us to be, and how can we enjoy His very best for us when fear and anxiety govern us?
Let’s take those fears and surrender them to our Heavenly Father. Let’s give our worries to Him. And, not take them back. How do we do this?
Scripture is pretty clear. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Are your finances causing you to live in fear? Your children? Do you fear failure? Is fear governing your life – your decisions – instead of obedience to Him? Instead of His promises?
What do you fear? Take that fear and nail it to the cross. Go to Him in prayer. And, let the peace of God that passes all understanding flood your heart and mind. Give it to Him. And, don’t take it back.