Friday, February 1, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Afraid

I struggle with fear. 

One thing I have learned during my battle with it, is that it is insidious and relentless. 
It steals my joy.
It clouds my thoughts. 
It’s exhausting.

I know what Scripture says about fear.  I know that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.  I need to stop looking at the waves crashing around me and walk in faith.

The battle rages on.  I wrestle with what I know versus what I feel.  Too often, I give my feelings the upper hand, and I find myself afraid…again.  My mind reels, my feet begin to sink.  I reach for His hand once again and cling to His words.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God [is] with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9, NKJV)

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:7, NASB)

“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.  What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11, NASB)



  1. Amen..great reminder ..thank you :) God Bless

  2. Oh Julie, I love that scripture...and the challenge to replace the feelings with His truth, and to open our hearts to the peace only He gives. Reaching with you for His hand and clinging to His truth. Blessings to you!!

  3. Hi Julie
    I have always wondered why our Lord told us and still does not to fear!! Until I realized that this is the enemy's number 2 weapon. First, he whispers lies to our minds and then when we listen, he floods our hearts with fear. But even then, we can just cry out to our Lord Jesus, for He will grab our hands and save us when we are sinking! Have a happy FMF and a blessed week-end.
    Much love

  4. Replace the fear with love. Replace the negative thoughts with His Truth! Love the Scriptures you used. Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Great verses to hold onto when fear starts to tighten its grip. Bless you!

  6. Dear Julie,

    I think you captured what happens when I feel afraid. It's robber isn't it? Thank you for your openness and transparency and the reminder to reach out for Jesus hand when I am afraid.

    Blessings in Christ...Susan