Are you a fearful Christian? Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life
Fear is a universal human emotion, and it affects all of us. It’s a natural response to perceived threats or dangers, and it plays a crucial role in our survival instincts. Part of Webster's definition of fear is "An unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger."
Fear can arise from a variety of sources, including physical dangers, emotional distress, uncertainty about the future, or even abstract concepts like the fear of the unknown. Other fears could include the fear of failure, the fear of education, the fear of drowning, or the fear of what others will think. There are so many. Please fill in your fear below
"I have the fear of _____________".
Fears can be deep-rooted into every fiber of our being. Each fear, with its own layer, has been reinforced over the years, creating walls in our hearts.
Then we're introduced to our Lord and Savior, and we read scriptures that state that we should fear the Lord. Reading this without the proper interpretation causes us to believe we should be afraid of God.
I had to learn that fearing the Lord is not like men's fear. It doesn't mean being scared of God, but rather having a deep reverence and awe for His power, holiness, and authority. It implies recognizing God's sovereignty and submitting to His will.
As Christians, we must acknowledge and understand why we are fearful, because fear can influence our thoughts, behaviors, and decision-making processes. Fear is doubt and unbelief in God and His Word. It is belief in the lies of Satan, a state of dread, uneasiness, worry, or anxiousness.
Learning to manage and cope with fear in a healthy way is an important part of our emotional well-being. While fear can be a protective mechanism, it can sometimes become excessive or irrational, leading to anxiety or phobias.
Overcoming fear is a process. As we learn more about Christ and are open to trusting Him, we can let go of any unhealthy fear.
So, are you walking with Christ out of awe and reverence? How you view Him determines how you walk in your Christian lifestyle.
Have a deep reverence for God. “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” Hebrews 12:28
The spirit of fear is not from God. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7
Turn to prayer in times of fear and distress. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4