In my Pink Typewriter Post for today, I wrote about getting rid of fear and shared some strategies to overcome the fear that holds us back from achieving what we want in life. I wrote that “belief is the opposite of fear,” and that’s true. I also believe it matters what — or rather Who — we choose to believe in.
1 John 4:18 says that “perfect love casts out fear.” And God is that Perfect Love. The Bible tells us 365 times “Do Not Fear”; that’s one reminder for every day of the year. In scriptures, we read of a God who cares for us, who has plans for us, who offers us peace, who wanted a relationship with us so much that He gave His Son to pay our sin-debt. He is the One who holds the future, the One who ordains our steps.
One of the verses I memorized in 2015 was 2 Timothy 1:7, which tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” In a spiritual light, the fear I feel when I try to focus on my writing is not from God. That begs the question, then — who exactly is it from? What Jesus offers is the opposite of fear: “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).
I do have a great fear-fighting plan for 2016: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You, O Lord,” (Psalm 56:3). That’s a lot better deal than trusting in me every day of the week.