Don’t Yield an Inch to Fear
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.” Ps 118:6
You’ll always have to deal with fear in one form or another. And your fears will be different at different seasons of life. Once you accept that, you can make progress. For example, Julius Caesar conquered the world but he was terrified of thunder. Peter the Great of Russia cried like a child when he had to cross bridges. The celebrated British writer Dr. Samuel Johnson wouldn’t enter a room left foot first. If he accidentally did, he backed up and reentered with his right one. (Talk about putting your best foot forward!) If you let fear control you, it will keep you from living life to the fullest. Fear breeds inaction, inaction breeds lack of experience, lack of experience breeds ignorance, and ignorance breeds fear. It’s a cycle, and if you’re caught in it here are some Scriptures that can help you: (1) “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isa 26:3). (2) “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jn 14:27). (3) “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Pr 16:7). (4) “In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Ps 56:4). (5) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2Ti 1:7). Personalize these Scriptures in prayer, stand on them, and don’t yield an inch to fear.