Shred Your Fear
We live in a different world now, where we do not feel as safe as we once did. Fear was stirred within us once again with the Boston Marathon bombing.
It is easy to lose hope when the depravity of humanity causes loss of life and destruction. The world is long on social, economic and political crises that provoke fear and uncertainty, but short on answers.
A pastor friend looked forward to running in the Boston Marathon this year. He trained hard for it, but never made it to the finish line. The race stopped because of the bombing. In the commotion of confusion, he sought to calm fearful people and offer them hope.
“All thoughts of the finish line, the medal, the glory vanished. All that mattered were the hurting people all around him and that the Lord wanted him exactly where he was—not at the bomb blast site, not safely home with his family, but right there among the hurting and the frightened.” (From Charisma News)
That’s what we’re are called to do–to overcome our fears and bring hope right into our situation no matter where we are. Even in fearful situations, there is strength to press on.
If you’ve been ‘rocked’ by the events of the world, look UP. There is peace in the Lord who gives us hope. The Bible offers us words of hope from the Creator of the Universe.
Three steps to face down your fears:
1. Name them. Write down your fears. List them all.
2. Shred them. If you have a shredder, put the list through the shredder. If you don’t have one, tear it up into tiny pieces.
3. Replace them. Meditate on the following verses until one speaks to your heart. Turn the verse into a prayer. Write it on a notecard and post it where you can see it often to replace the fearful thought.
Eight verses to dispel fear:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life? Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.” Psalm 56:4
“In God I trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
“So 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.” Isaiah 41:10
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
Do those three steps sound silly? I’ve done them, and found I could go forward without fear hanging over my head. Faith in the Lord overpowers fears.
Name it. Shred it. Replace it.
Go ahead. Shred your fear.