The two things you need to know when you’re afraid

01:01:15_AlizaLatta_So Do Not Fear Isaiah

I don’t think of myself as a particularly brave person. Snippets of all the days and hours and experiences I’ve missed out on because of fear flash through my mind like a slow, elusive dance.

Sometimes the fear is ferocious, clawing its hand down my spine with long fingernails and unforgiving reminders of my failures and inabilities. Other times it’s small and seemingly invisible, starting as a seedling before it sprouts into a weed. By the time it grows, it doesn’t feel like fear anymore. It feels normal.

Because when you live your life in fear, that’s just what it becomes: your life.  A life choked in and strangled out, and not having fear seems almost scarier than having it because at least fear is something we can hold tight between our fingers. At least we know what fear looks like.

I don’t want to live my life afraid. Afraid of the headlines and the diagnosis and the phone call or the email or the thousand thousand other terrifying things. The small and scary things too. Writing the book, singing the song, starting a new job, making a new friend.

But there are days when fear creeps in and it’s all I can think about. I think I can’t do this because I’m too small, too unworthy, too unintelligent. I think I can’t get through this because it’s too hard, too big, too impossible.

What trumps fear? Love. Who is love? Jesus.

So these are the two things you need to know when you’re afraid, and I’m memorizing them too, branding them on my hands and heart and wall:

There is no fear in love.

1 John 4:18 

…God is love.

1 John 4:8 

So this is what I’m clinging to today. And tomorrow. God is love, and there is no fear in love. No fear, fear not, do not be afraid…

Comments

  1. says

    Aliza, I am so right there with you. God has been whispering “trust” to me. He has laid it on my heart so much, especially this last week. Your post here and on (in)courage ring with the words God has been speaking to me. “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” Fear is the tool of the enemy, and trust in God’s ultimate power and love are our protection – our liberation from fear!

  2. alwaysmrs17716 says

    I am so so so happy I came across this website. I needed this today, tomorrow, forever! LOL Thank you Lord! 🙂

  3. says

    My intention for this year is to be ‘Aware’ and I am starting by being brutally aware of my fears and committing to facing them. It’s good to know that we are not alone.

  4. says

    I read this post on the incourage site. Let me tell you how God can confirm things in such an amazing way. This year I will be walking through several changes in my life. A possible new home and new job. I’m not very good at change. It scares me. But I’ve wrestled with what God’s vision is in my life and what he is calling me to do. His desires for my life are so much greater then the fear. So just this week prior to reading your post I had claimed this year as my no fear year. I am going to be brave. More brave then I have ever been. More purposeful and more confident in God’s dreams for me.

    So I love your post, love the scripture and it’s getting plastered every where! Memorizing it. And following this journey.

  5. Jenon says

    I’ve dealt with fear and panic attacks since I was a little girl.
    They’ve gotten better over the years. After becoming a mom almost two years ago, they’ve come back with a vengeance.
    I know fear is not from the Lord. But, somehow I continue to give access to this unwanted intruder.
    A resolution just won’t do when it comes to fear. It has to go permanently!
    I “just happened” to read your post on (in)courage and I am truly blessed to unite with sisters to stand.
    Stand on God’s Word
    Stand in victory
    Let’s do it sister!
    Thank you Eliza for your honesty and for sharing with all of us!

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