Fear is a debilitating emotion that lingers in one's mind and heart when a clear escape path is not evident. 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that "God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and sound mind". This means that it is important not to fear. Why? Fear gives us gut-wrenching
distress. That is not our status.
Know whichever mountain we need to climb, or plan needs execution; God can give clear direction when we ask Him. He gives us peace of mind and heart. It is a gift that circumstances cannot give. So, we do not have to be afraid, John 14:27. Also, do not allow fear to grip you with depression, memory loss, or decreased appetite, 5 Things You Never Knew About Fear | Northwestern Medicine.
When I revised Fully Persuaded Faith in 2020, I wanted to convey that we were in fearful times, yet we did not have to carry fear in our purses or pockets. The first chapter relates situations associated with the pandemic. The stories I related showed distinct answers to problems.
Fear paralyzes. Faith marches onward. Notes, the stories about the Ukrainian people's resolve to either stay and to fight or to mobilize to leave dangerous areas, even if it means crossing bombed bridges. Their boldness is commendable.
Let's contrast fear and faith:
1) Fear immobilizes. Faith catapults us forward.
2) Fear demoralizes. Faith bolsters.
3) Fear impacts the mind and heart negatively. Faith finds the strength to carry on. (I did not say that we prefer to go on after something undesirable occurs). Yet, we can choose to make a difference beyond the unpleasant situation.
4) Fear devastates. Faith reconstructs.
5) Fear unravels one's nerves. Faith builds hope and settles uncertainty.
Call To Action:
1. Examine your feelings regarding fear.
2. If you are fearful, memorize 2 Timothy 1:7. The verse will support you. If warranted, seek professional help.
3. Read Fully Persuaded Faith for more insights on faith: https://www.marilynnjames.com.