You may have heard “Fear not!” is said 365 times in the Bible–one for every day of the year.

Fear is a stronghold. A stronghold is like an iceberg–the sea of our thoughts and emotions hide the majority of it. The ten percent we show to those around us is no indication of its depth and size.

Fear talks to us and for us, too! I hear fear in people when they say things like, “I’m not doing that!”, “I can’t do it!”, or “I won’t go there!”

God does not want us to live our life in fear. He wants us to be free!

For God did not give us a spirit of fear,

but of power and of love and a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

Why does this verse mention a sound mind? Because fear causes us to imagine everything bad that can happen to us. It messes with our thoughts and can make us irrational.

God gave us the power over fear through the Holy Spirit and the saving power of His blood. Jesus’ blood releases us from the bondage strongholds keep us in.

I admit, I have my share of strongholds. I am learning to be free by the truth of God’s Word and His Holy Spirit, reminding me of the lies of the deceiver.

Satan desires to keep us captive. But we need to come out of our cell.

Satan desires to keep us captive. But we need to come out of our cell. #ThisSideofHeaven #Fear #Getoutofthatcell

[Jesus will] deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

Hebrews 2:15 ESV

Did you know Fear has friends? Their names are Control and Untrust. All three usually go together. Fear loves to control everyone and everything around it.

Fear does not trust.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

1 John 4:18 ESV

In order for us to truly love, we must not fear. Fear equals distrust. Love is trusting.

Trusting God for answers, for wisdom, for healing. for light in our darkness and confusion. When we trust God, we show how much we love Him.

Of course, I am not saying we have to trust everyone and if we don’t we have fear. That’s not what I mean.

In order for us to truly love, we must not fear. #ThisSideofHeaven #Fear #Love

Fear says, “Don’t trust anyone.”

Fear says, “I can only depend upon myself.”

When we think we are the only ones we can depend on or the only ones who have the answers, we are not trusting God. Our Father puts people into our lives to teach us.

We must be teachable. God lets nothing go to waste. If He can’t use it for our good, then it won’t happen.

Trust God with your day to day life–with your fears–your desire to control–and untrust.

He wants to free you.

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