2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Read Psalm 22:23 & 1 John 4:18
All of my life, I have been terrified of worms. Go ahead and laugh, I understand this is a foolish fear. Nevertheless, I despise all worms. As a child, my brothers were all too eager to exploit my fear. We would be playing outdoors when suddenly one of them would remember how fearful I was of the worms. All that it would take was a threat and I would run to safety. Sometimes they would dig one up and chase me with it. I remember jumping into an automobile parked in our drive, locking all of the doors, and rolling up the windows in order to escape from my tormentors. There I would be, sitting in a hot car while my brothers dangled a worm in front of me. Sometimes they would even place the worm on the windshield. I would stay there until they got tired of tormenting me.
Being afraid of worms caused me to foolishly lock myself into a hot car. I have an aunt who is afraid of cats. She is frightened to visit people for fear they might own one. I’ve heard her scream and watched as she ran hysterically away from an animal she thought might be a cat. Both of us act unreasonably because of our fears.
Fear causes Christians to lose focus. That is what Satan wants. He promotes fear. Christ is the “perfect love” that cast out our fears.
Heavenly Father I commit my fears to you today. Help me to always trust in you completely. Thank you for giving me the resolve and courage to face all of my fears.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
It is easy to say we trust Jesus, but it is harder to show through our actions that we trust Him.
The lost, for they have reason to fear.