God’s Lifetime Warranties
You Can Win Over Fear – Part VII
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34
Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
When we let fear move in and take over our hearts and minds, our peace vanishes. God’s peace can guard our hearts and minds and keep fear from taking up residency in us.
Read how the Apostle Paul puts this in Philippians 4:7b:
…His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
All of us need a guard that is strong enough to keep fear from controlling our lives.
There are many kinds of fear including the fear of failure, the fear of conflict, the fear of snakes, spiders, and germs, the fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), etc. God wants to help His children with whatever fears they are experiencing.
Let me remind you of the context surrounding the above verse, Philippians 4:7. First, look at the verse before it:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. (Philippians 4:6)
This verse starts off with the goal that all believers should strive for: “Don’t worry about anything…”. That is a big order for most of us because we all struggle not to worry about the uncertainty of things that we face.
But we at least must acknowledge that if God’s Word tells us not to worry, then it must be possible! This is the starting point to our victory, believing that we could stop worrying.
Make this your everyday goal… spot worry the moment it appears in your mind and decide to get rid of it.
The next step in overcoming worry is to “pray about everything” that is worrying you. God invites us to tell Him what we need about our concerns. As we talk to God about our worries, they start to fade, and God’s peace begins to come back into our hearts and minds.
Since worries can persist in our minds, we must persist with our prayers as well. Every time the devil tries to bring worries to our minds; we can dismiss them with a quick prayer.
Finally, the Apostle Paul tells us to end our prayers with gratitude for all that God has already done in our lives. This practice reminds us of the times God has come through for us and also builds our faith in the power of God to take care of us.
Do not see these steps as ways to keep all fearful things from happening, but rather they remind us that God strengthens us to face all things. Remember, God knows exactly how much we can endure and has promised to never allow more than that to come upon us! (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Father, remind me not to worry about all things but to pray over all things. Thank You for all You have already done in and through me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.