Fear Factor

We've all had some scary encounters in our lives. Some more confronting and crippling than others. Yet, despite the variables in each encounter there was one thing that remained the same – you.

You were the same person facing each of those different situations which either brought out your strengths or your weaknesses.

Fear often tests our resolve and our faith. Without the test we wouldn’t know the extent of our strengths or our weaknesses and we wouldn’t know the potential contained within us.

Before God can use a person for His purposes He often has to test them in areas He knows they struggle with. Fear is one of those areas. He does this not because He delights in our pain or weakness but because He knows your potential.

He knows the incomparable and often unrealized reservoir of strength you possess. The issue is, you don’t know it. So to reveal this to you He allows testing to come.

With each test comes the option to face your weaknesses and overcome, to grow stronger in your faith and to trust God more.

Romans 5:3-5 says

“Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us.”

Fear is only as powerful as the place you give it in your life. If you give it the throne, it will take the Kingdom. Don’t give it a place of prominence.

It is like every other emotion. It is an indicator on how you see yourself in relation to something, someone or some set of circumstances around you. As you change how you see yourself it changes your response/reaction and position in relation to it.

I was reminded of this important truth the other week when confronted with a sudden and unexpected encounter with rogue elements within our police force. They deliberately cut me off on a public road and decided to threaten, potentially arrest and detain me for something I did not do. It was a guise to extort money from me; something they had been doing to other women as well simply because we were easy targets.

At the time I was completely caught off guard, but I had this overwhelming sense of dread which gripped every fiber of my being. I had heard and experienced first hand the ruthlessness of our police and the indiscriminate nature of their aggression towards those unfortunate enough to get on the wrong side of their attentions.

Yet, despite my immediate gut reaction, there was an undeniable sense of assurance beneathe the turbulent surface. A knowledge of the unseen force that was surrounding me. It was a deep and immovable confidence of God’s presence with me in that situation which slowly but surely began to dominate my emotions resulting in a surge of peace and calm that flowed through me, governing my conduct, my words and responses. As a result of this the situation was diffused.

God knows what we can or cannot endure. He will never give us more than what we can handle. 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Remember we wage war in the heavenly places. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in the spiritual realm. Ephesians 6:12. You are more powerful than you realize.

Remember the next time you face a fearful situation, nothing diffuses fear faster than your faith! Amen.

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