Stand toe-to-toe

What is it that makes you fearful? What is keeping you up at night? Is it financial? Right now, many people are out of work. The debt of this nation is soaring. Gas prices stay consistently high. Food prices are up. The economy is certainly nothing to cheer about.

Maybe it is your marriage? Your relationship with your spouse isn’t the same. You suspect he or she is having an affair. Or maybe you are afraid you will never get married. You can’t seem to meet the right person.

Maybe it is your children? The teenage years have hit hard and you can’t seem to reason with him or her anymore. You’re worried about drugs, alcohol, sex outside of marriage, and a disregard for authority. Or maybe you long to have children and you just can’t seem to get pregnant. Infertility experts have no clue and facing a life childless isn’t acceptable to you.

Maybe it is your health? You’re waiting for the doctor to call with the results. Is it cancer? Your blood pressure is too high. The stress of life has given you ulcer after ulcer.

How do we face our fears?

Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”

Isaiah 40:28, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”

Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”

It starts with a belief that tells your heart, Who is for you is greater than who or what is against you. God is bigger than the bank and the foreclosure notice. God is bigger than the cancer. He is bigger than the job loss. Whatever comes your way, if you trust Him, He will stand beside you and He will pull you through it.

When you stand toe-to-toe with your fears, it is the first step in conquering them. Today, ask God to help you face what frightens you.

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