When Fear Grips You

Little did I know that when our guest pastor spoke this past Sunday morning that I would be using his message in my own life 2 days later.  He spoke on fear and worry.  Today I got some news that gripped my heart-you know the “what if”…kind of fear.  What if…something is really wrong

What if…she never gets better

What if…she gets worse

What if…she can never lead a normal life

and so on and so on.  I am sure you have all been there at some point.  I have visited this place a few times in my life and when I do visit it, it is like Satan just sits back and smiles.  He has me right where he wants me.  That is when I have to run to Jesus and to verses of comfort and reassurance to sustain me and put me back in a normal thinking pattern.  In the message Sunday the pastor made the comment that a counselor had once told him that we fear what we worship.  That’s a new thought for me, so I began to think about my fears-I guess one of my greatest fears is losing one of my family members that I am close to and love dearly.  Kind of makes sense doesn’t it?  I must be putting them in a higher place of worship instead of keeping God there and putting them underneath Him.  I must admit it is easy to see the problem, but actually changing my habits to not put them in a place of worship higher than God is something that will require a little more work.  Some of the verses pointed out in the sermon are some that I love and use as my go to verses in times of gripping fear.  They are familiar and comforting:

Philippians 4:6-9

  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

So today  I turn my prayers to God and ask my requests of Him and give my thanks to Him.  I also must focus my mind to turn my fearful “What ifs”  into the life changing “Whatever is” listed in verse 8 above.  I will not let myself go to the place of unknown or un-announced fear,  I will dwell on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and of good repute.  I will praise my God and think on the promises He gives me to never leave me or forsake me.

Whenever you get to that place of fear and worry, think about what you are worshiping that has caused it.  It can be an eye opening experience, it was for me.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Holly Dennis
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 16:19:34

    Yes! I completely agree with all those feelings and emotions. I was definatly reminded of those today! God reminded me of:

    Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

    1 Peter 5:6-7 ‘Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.’

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  2. Geraline Wilson Browning
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 16:51:52

    A counselor once told me that when we live in the past (What if?), God is not there. And when we live in the future (If only…), God is not there either. But when we live in the present (What is), That is where God is!

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  3. ginicraven
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 17:07:47

    I do so believe that Geraline and that is one reason I love I Peter 4:8 on the whatever things-keeps me focused on the here and now and what is true.:)

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  4. Holly Dennis
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 07:27:04

    Just re-read this … sooo good!

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  5. Virginia
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 09:19:20

    Thanks for the reminder Holly-that post is so true.

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