BY: Lynne Dyer
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BIBLE TEXT: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I confess that the thriller is my favorite movie genre. I particularly like the scene when the hero is frozen with fear because of impending danger. If the movie is well made, I experience that unable-to-move-or-scream paralysis right along with the hero. I think I relate to those scenes, not because I have had to escape a killer or the FBI agent who has wrongly accused me, but because I too have allowed fear to render me immobile at times. I am not afraid of the things that seem to have people talking these days: earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorists, fighting in the Gaza Strip, or even the Ebola virus. The issues that stop me in my tracks are more everyday circumstances: my children, finances, health. I fear the things I cannot control in my personal life. In reality, it doesn’t matter what makes us afraid because ultimately we don’t have control over anything be it children or a deadly virus.
Fear is really just another word for faithlessness or selfishness. My fear says to God, “I don’t trust You.” My fear also says, “I am going to focus on the things I imagine in my future instead of on Your Kingdom and the true future that You hold in Your hand.” I don’t want to be faithless or selfish anymore so I am choosing to trust that God really is in control and that He can control the circumstances of my life better than I can. I choose Faith not Fear.
PRAYER: Dear God, Thank you for filling me with Your Holy Spirit instead of a spirit of fear. Each time I move to embrace a spirit of fear, please remind me that You never want me to choose fear, faithlessness, or selfishness. I want only Your best for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynne is wife to Ronnie, mother to Rachel, Matthew, stepmother to Ginger, and grandmother to Sarah-Beth, TJ, and Carson. She is employed as a project manager for Resource Recovery Consultants, and she is enjoying developing her second career after homeschooling for sixteen years. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband.