When fear comes to call, he is not a gentleman. He is an ugly companion who forces his way in to our hearts and minds during our most vulnerable times, taking up what looks to be permanent residence when not welcomed. He makes himself at home, settling deep in. His intent is not to leave, but to hang around for as long as possible. What he really wants to do is run the show, call the shots, orchestrate the whole concert that is our lives.
He victimizes, mesmerizes, disturbs, paralyzes. This ugly taskmaster steals joy, confidence, peace, and sanity. His relentless, constant companionship keeps us from making good decisions, wrecks our relationships, kills our health, and renders us impotent to do anything more than simply . be . afraid.
God has not given that spirit of fear. He gives power, love, and a sound mind. He gently whispers, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
Be comforted. Be assured. You are not alone, God is on your side and will help you show fear the door and kick him straight to the curb. Do this as often as he comes slinking back toward your heart. Because you truly can embrace decision making and life itself from a place of confidence and love.
God's perfect love casts out all the ugliness of fear. You have the power to refuse that uninvited evil guest and he will wander off again, preferably to the far away abyss where he belongs.