Does “FEAR” have you?

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Sister LaShay Bennett

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”Isaiah 41:10 KJV

I remember being a young 20-year-old expecting mother. I had just started learning how to take care of myself and here I was facing the responsibility of caring for another person. I had very little support and no one around to ease my fears of whether I could get this parenting thing right. It wasn’t until I surrendered trying to be perfect and allowed myself the room to learn, that the anxiety and fear dissipated.

Often times we can find ourselves stagnated simply for the idea of venturing into something new or exploring the unknown.  We “FEAR” the idea of failure.  We think “What would happen if this doesn’t work?”

 Fear, as I was told once, means False.   Evidence.   Appearing.  Real. Let’s ponder that for a moment: What evidence do we have that what we are venturing into won’t work? Furthermore, if it’s just the appearance or possibility of what could or could not happen how will we ever know unless we try? FEAR is no respecter of person. I have found myself gripped in the choke hold of fear many times in my life. It literally has been the source that has kept me from the “source.” Let that marinate for a moment.

When we get to a place of trusting God’s direction in our lives we can safely move in a way knowing our father is with us at all times.

My daughter, now almost 13, is healthy, performs well in school overall, is a social butterfly and knows and loves the Lord. Do I always get it right? No, in fact I have made mistakes along  the way but knowing and trusting that God is the source and guidance for everything I do puts me at peace because I know that through him nothing is impossible. I still fail at times allowing fear to dictate how I move instead of trusting God but the more I learn to trust God the less the enemy can have dominion over using fear to stagnate my growth.

I encourage you to meditate on some scriptures that address fear before you make the decision to walk away from what God has placed in your heart. Some scriptures I have found helpful are: Psalm 34:3,56:3, Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9 and Romans 8:31-39.

                                                                        Fear not, he is always with you!

Prayer:

Lord please forgive us for not always trusting you and for allowing the enemy to have a foothold in our lives.  We thank you that you give us the ability to read your word and let it penetrate our hearts so that it becomes us. We ask that you calm our fears and give us the reassurance that if we are called to it than you will guide us through it.  Thank you for loving us and for hearing and answering our prayers, in Jesus name. Amen.

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