Fear Has a Really Big Mouth!

Gwen Smith Faith, Fear, Uncategorized 30 Comments

I often try to quiet fear by pretending it doesn’t exist. Clever… I know. But alas, it does exist and that’s not always a bad thing. To the contrary, it can actually keep us safe in proper context. When my house was struck by lightning and lit with fire, fear sounded an emotional alarm, insisting that I escape – and fast. In this instance, fear was good. It kept me safe.

In many instances, however, fear is not good.

I’ve found that while it’s natural to be afraid at times – human, even – it’s best to not allow feelings of fear to consume and control large spaces of real estate in my heart. David handles the intersection of his fear and faith nicely.

In Psalm 56, captured by the Philistines in Gath, and in Psalm 57, hiding in a cave to escape the pursuit of Saul, David sifted through honest feelings of vulnerability and desperation. I imagine his reality was one of shaky hands, pulse raging wild and brows soaked in sweat. Yet fear was silenced as he made the powerful decision to redirect his emotions toward a more productive, more faith-filled response when David chose to trust God.

By choosing to trust God in the hiding and in the chains, David’s fear shifted to faith.

Faith shuts the mouth of fear.

“When I am afraid, I will trust you.” (Psalm 56:3, CSB)

“You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.” (Psalm 56:8-9, CSB)

These weren’t just flippant statements or memorized verses.

These were sturdy declarations.

Deliberate choices made by a deeply determined worshiper. The kind of choices that change and calm a frantic heart. The kind of choices that speak peace to anxiousness. The kind of choices we can make when we’re afraid. The kind of choice we can make when fear screams loud within.

Bring it.

Fear is a liar.

We can choose faith, knowing God is for us.

Decision made.
 

Dear Lord,
Sometimes the anxiousness and fear in my heart can overwhelm me. But You promise to be faithful at all times and are deliberate to catch every tear in a bottle. This is true no matter what has me hiding or running. Please lead my heart to Your freedom, grace, strength and peace today.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

FOR YOUR REFLECTION and RESPONSE

Draft a deeply-determined-worshiper declaration of your own! Fill in the blanks:

“When I am ________________________, Lord I will ____________________.”

Write that in your journal. Write 3 or 4 different variations of it! Make a powerful decision today to redirect your emotions toward more productive, faith-filled responses. Share your declaration on the wall of my blog or as a comment on my latest Instagram post!

You’ve got this, friend… because He’s got you!

Love you so much. Have a beautiful, grace-filled day, friend.

GWEN

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  1. When I am fearful of what my tomorrows hold. When I am anxious. When I feel overwhelmed with all the things of life. When I feel the anger well up… I will run to you. Lord, help me to learn to run to you more instead of allowing all these emotions to bottle up and then I feel like I am drowning in my own sea of feelings. You are my Rock, my strong fortress. Let me find comfort in your arms.

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  2. When I am fearful and anxious, Lord, I will remember your Words:
    “I have made you, I will carry you, I will sustain you, I will rescue you.
    ~ Isaiah 46:4 As a parent, I can fully relate to these promises.
    I will also remember that You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Thank you for your love, grace, and protection, Father God. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen

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  3. Thank You Gwen for this post. It’s timely in my life right now! When I feel anxious and overwhelmed about family and feeling trapped in my situation, I will trust you God! Please pray for and with me! I recite Philippians 4:6 daily!

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  4. When I am Afraid and Anxious and feeling like things are unusual.
    Lord I will trust in you.
    Trust in your word
    That never returns void.
    I will trust in your faithfulness.
    You are in control
    I do not depend on Man but depend on you.

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  5. When I feel desperate for a change I really think I need, Lord, I will leave it at your feet and believe.

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    1. “ When I am filled with anxious thinking, Lord I will send my thoughts in a 180° turn to bypass all fear and come into your presence”

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  6. “When I am anxious about my finances because of me stepping out on my own with my 6 year old son and when I just feel like maybe we won’t make it, Lord I will trust in the truth that YOU think I am AMAZING, am ABLE to do ANYTHING through YOU, and that YOU always have my back!”

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      Stay strong, Sandra! You are not alone! He is with you and will guide you every step of the way.

      Love and grace to you, friend.
      GWEN

  7. Thank you Gwen for sharing this. I live in fear,doubt,shame, feeling I’m not worthy to be loved. But God says we can take shelter under his wing. He wipe every tear away and bring me joy.my father is the king of king and word is powerful.I will trust in you alone. You are my stronghold my strength in the mist of my storm

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      Thanks for sharing this, Anita. I believe God is inviting you into a new day of FREEDOM and JOY, friend. I just sense it!

      GWEN

  8. Gwen,
    Thank you for this. I have been struggling with fear for several months now and although I know I should trust, the little things that have happened place fear and doubt in my mind. Love the prayer and will really make an effort to allow God to use my fear for good by putting my trust in him each time it whispers in my ear. This morning my prayer was “Good morning God this is your day, show me how to walk today.”

    1. When I am out of control and things around me seem to be falling apart Lord I will continue to have faith knowing that you are more powerful than my circumstances.

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