At one time or another, I’ve been afraid of most of the things on this list with the exception of #1 and #9.
I had years when I wouldn’t fly. Rev and I laugh about the time we spent four hours walking down a mountain path because I was afraid of the return trip on a gondola. And my all time worst fear- #15.
Top 15 Things People Fear
- Public Speaking
- Going to the Dentist
- Spiders and Insects
- Enclosed Spaces
- Financial Problems
Are you afraid of things on the list?
Something not on the list?
I wasted too much of my life living in a pit of fear.
It started when I was really young. Some of my earliest memories are of the things that terrified me as a little girl. The dark. Shadows. Sounds. Something happening to my parents. Disapproval. Whew.
Fear robbed me of so much joy and peace. It is “no way to live.”
My doctor called it “high anxiety.” The truth is it was lack of trust.
I’ve believed in Jesus for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t trust Him to give me the courage and strength I knew I lacked. I was full of what ifs. Convinced I’d crumble if any of those what ifs came to pass.
Do you have any paralyzing fears?
What do you avoid or try to control because you’re afraid?
God knew fear would be an issue for us. It began in the Garden following the first sin…
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Genesis 3:9-10
Sin robbed Adam and Eve of security and safety and introduced fear. You and I continue to bear the consequences today. But we’re not stuck. We don’t have to surrender to fear.
Fear is part of life and some actually protects us, but it must not consume us.
Max Lucado said, “The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.”
Visits are fine, but when fear takes up residency it’s…
A “self-imposed prison.”
“Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love.” ~Rick Warren
God offers help for our problem with fear talking about it more than 500 times in Scripture. Here are just a few of the verses that have helped me.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4
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Friends, you and I are sheep led by the Lion. We are safe. We are His forever and always.
What is your favorite verse when you’re struggling with fear?
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