Haunted By Fear

What does it mean to fear?

Fear is emotional distress caused by impending danger, evil or pain even if the threat is imagined. Fear is the anticipation of something unpleasant will occur.

The presence of fear does not mean that you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.

– Max Lucado

How does fear haunt us?

Fear focuses on dread
Fear flourishes in panic
Fear flusters us with dismay
Fear falsifies reality

Fear imprisons us

Fear intensifies our problems
Fear rises in insecurities
Fear immobilizes us
Fear lives in our issues

But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

-Isaiah 43:1-2

Fear is removed through God’s deliverance

God’s deliverance is a promise
God’s deliverance pardons us from fear
God’s deliverance places us with Him

Fear is removed through God’s defense

God’s defense gives us strength
God’s defense gives us security
God’s defense gives us support
God’s defense gives us stability

Fear is removed through God’s dependability

God’s dependability offers us confidence
God’s dependability offers us courage
God’s dependability offers us comfort
God’s dependability offers us compassion

How do we handle fear?

Remember that God’s presence is with us
Remember that God’s promises are real
Remember that God’s protection surrounds us