Fear is a Liar

Why hello there, fear.
We meet again.
I was trying to ignore you.
You still snuck up on me. I know you are trying to burglarize my soul.
It's like I am running from you, around corners and through alleys just to escape you.
You keep finding me. You are searching me out.

Anxiety makes me feel like I am always running. My heart beats hard, my breath is quick and shallow and my mind is fixated on getting away from you.  The more I think about you, Mr. Fear, the more my mind is fixated, obsessed and filled with racing thoughts of doubt. My thoughts of being consumed by fear and worry and "what-if" fill me up and drown out all rationale. When I let fear catch me, when I let the fear train go, it takes off. It takes me to places, to thoughts, I know are not from God. I feel out of control.

When I am constantly running away from fear, from doubt, from the pain of anxious thought- I am not who God made me to be. I am too distracted to think about anything else than the fear. I am not operating in the gifts God has given me or the love of Christ to others. I am a version of myself, not fully alive.

I am tired of my life being stolen. 
I am tired of the burglary.
I am tired of running.
Fear, you are a liar.

I refuse to listen to the lies any longer.
I refuse to live in fear of making a step in a direction I know God is calling me to because the enemy tells me I am not qualified, not enough, or not supposed to take that step.
What if I fail?
What if it is the wrong choice?
What if? Where next? Why now? Worry, worry, worry. Lie, lie, lie.
The story God wants to write for me is yet to be written because I am too scared to pick up the pen. My story will not be stolen. I refuse.

I am done running from the anxious thoughts, I have had enough. I will face anxiety with the truth of God. Next time you show up, Mr. Fear, I will not let you chase me. When I see you coming, when my heart begins to beat faster, when my mind fills with negative thoughts, and my eyes well with tears--I will stop. I will stop dead center in that dark alley way and look you straight in the eye. I will tell you I am God's daughter and am armed with the sword of truth. (Ephesians 6:17) I have the God of this universe on my side with legions of angels at my back. I have nothing to fear. I will get out scripture I have hidden in my heart and replace each doubt and fear and worried thoughts with the very truth of God.  Light overcomes darkness.

Go pick up the pen and let God write your story.
He is for you. Go be free.
Fear is a liar, Jesus is the truth. 

Here are some swords I have used in the past. I used to battle anxiety years ago, this method helped me after much, much practice. See a counselor if you feel you need to. Either way-pray and arm yourself with truth dear sister. The world needs to hear your story of hope and trust in Jesus. 

John 8:31 says “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

“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

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27

“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:6-7

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


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