July 5, 2016
The next time you notice fear or worry rising up from within, take a moment to identify if you’re dealing with true fear or false fear. Simply identifying the type of fear can remove some of its power over you. Remember that true fear takes place in the present moment, as you experience a dangerous threat. True fear is temporary and ends when the threat goes away. False fear takes place in the imagination, it anticipates the potential threat, and it’s unrelenting. Joyce Meyer once said that “worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have.” The down payment is our joy. When we give our focus and attention to false fears, we trade away our capacity for joy.
Take a moment to think through the things you’ve spent time worrying about in the last week. How many of them would qualify as true fears? My best guess is probably not many at all. Most of them would probably fall into the false fear category. Just as we’ve been learning to pay attention to the “inner critic” we must also learn to pay attention to our fearful thoughts. When we allow them to run freely, unchecked and unaccountable, we give away some of our power. False fears allowed to run freely in our lives paralyze, isolate, and blind us.
Take a moment now to write down any of the false fears you’ve been focused on this past week. Now take a moment and ask God to reveal a promise from the Bible that you can use to fight back the fear. Some ideas would be “I am forgiven.” (1 John 1:9) “I am more than a conqueror.” (Romans 8:27) “I am free.” (John 8:36) “I am accepted.” (Ephesians 1:6) “I am created for good works.” (Ephesians 2:10) Now write the promise down next to the fear. As you find yourself thinking of the fear or worry in the coming days, fight back by declaring the promise over the fear.
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