The blog below is by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. She received a doctorate from Christian Leadership University and we are proud of what she is accomplishing for the Lord!
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
FEAR. It’s all around us. It penetrates and saturates our culture as water does a sponge. We read it in the headlines every morning. We hear it on the news every night.
We feel it in our bones, in our muscles, and in our hearts.
Yes. In our hearts.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Throughout the Scriptures, God continually commands us not to fear. Interesting, isn’t it, that He gives us a command? A command from God implies that we are able to obey it.
So, why are we afraid? I would propose that we are afraid because we do not know God.
You see, God is love, and in Him there is never anything to fear. Scripture tells us that “perfect love drives out fear” (I John 4:18). God, Who is Perfect Love, will drive out fear every time. But here is the clincher: We must trust Him and believe Him when He says that there is nothing to fear for those of us who know Him.
Bottom line, we get rid of fear by getting to know God intimately. Here is His promise to us found in Isaiah 26:3: "You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” This is the antidote to fear: Keeping our minds fixed on God. And why do we keep our minds fixed on God? Because we trust in Him. And why do we trust Him? Because He is God and perfectly trustworthy!
Are you struggling with fear today? Then turn your eyes toward Jesus and keep looking into His beautiful face. Keep your thoughts fixed on Him. As you do, His peace will drive out every fear.
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