Fighting to maintain a peaceful mindset has been a daily battle for me. I’ve dealt with the seeds of fear being planted at an early age. All I knew was fear. I didn’t know that peace belonged to me. I didn’t know that I could be at rest, trusting God will take care of everything that concerns me. Fear was so implanted in my heart that it seeped out in every area of my life.
Freedom came for me upon exposure to truth from God’s Word. I began to realize that whatever I give my attention to is what will grow in my life. In the face of fear, I’m faced with a decision — believe God or give into fear. Fear has no power over me except what I give it.
It behooves us to pay attention to what we allow to grow in the garden of our minds. We can accept or reject negative thoughts. We must be proactive in receiving God’s truths from the Bible. It is only then that we will be able to allow peace to flood our hearts rather than fear.
I challenge you today, instead of worrying about what may happen, to begin to replace those fearful thoughts with scriptures of God’s promised protection. In doing this, we will allow ourselves an opportunity to make the right decisions in fearful situations.
The next time you are faced with fear, make a decision to remain in the peace that God has already given you. Trust in His unfailing love for you.
Lord, too often I have allowed fear to dictate my decisions. I pray that you will help me to be mindful of what thoughts I give attention to so that my main focus will be that of peace and your plan to give me an expected end, a future, and a hope. Thank you that you keep me in perfect peace as my mind stays on you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Go Deeper — There are many passages in the Bible that state we should not fear. Pick out two or three and memorize them this week. Then speak them in prayer whenever fear begins to grow.
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