I’m not going to lie, I might have made sarcastic remarks to my friends who were convinced a science fiction movie had a spiritual lesson regarding fear. The idea in the movie came from the principle that fear exists in the mind, changing the way life is perceived and managed. The main characters had to learn fear is not true reality of the present or the future.
That will preach. I probably owe them a coffee card or something.
Fear is a common problem, born in our thoughts, entering into every facet of life when it’s allowed to enter in. The thing is . . . fear is at the root of stress, of anxiety, of worry as well as terror. . . shifting the way life is lived, stealing the gift of the day. It’s an invasive weapon that destroys. Yet. Fear is a choice.
To manage the circumstances of life in the best way, the battle with fear must be won first. While it requires intention and action, there’s a way to break free of the power of fear. It’s stated in one of my all time favorite scriptures:
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.
There’s a shift in what grips the heart, when we intentionally become still to know God is God, to know the presence and power of God, and to know God will not ever leave or fail us. The process breaks through fear, in whatever form it takes–stress, anxiety, worry, or terror –transforming the way life is perceived and managed. As simple as it sounds, taking a deep breath helps to begin the process. Then, evaluate the moment with the idea that fear is a weapon of destruction in the mind but not reality. Life changes when fear, including stress, anxiety, and worry, is not a part of our thought process or behavior.
The bottom line is that fear is not from God and does not belong in our life. I know it’s a challenge to be still in the midst of the busyness of the day; however, it changes the day and how it’s managed. I am determined to spend more time being still than being stressed, anxious, worried, or fearful.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)