“Do you want to be like [Sarah]? Then do what is right. And don’t give in to fear” (1 Peter 3:6, NIrV).
The other day, fear tried to steal my peace. Has this ever happened to you? You had the most amazing time with God. It was a “mountain top experience,” full of His beautiful, glorious presence. You are soaring. And then, just like that, boom. Fear knocks. The dark clouds of adverse circumstance gather overhead. Your heart recoils.
Does that indescribable peace that comes from Him have to be short-lived? Does the next hard knock of life have to steal it away? What do we do when fear shows up on our doorstep?
Today’s verse gives us a vitally important answer. We don’t have to give in to fear. Yes, fear will come. THE most repeated command in Scripture is, “Do not fear.” This is because fear is THE most common tactic of the enemy. The beautiful news is, we honestly and truly can learn to live above fear. A fearless life really is within reach.
Don’t give in to fear. Ask Daddy God to sharpen your discernment, to quickly recognize when that sinking feeling in your emotions is actually a spiritual attack trying to steal your peace. And receive this truth in your spirit: you don’t have to open the door.
You don’t have to let fear in. Leave fear out in the cold. Ignore its insistent knock. Rather than opening the latch, snuggle deeper into Daddy’s embrace. Tune into His strong, steady heartbeat. He’s got you. He’s got your future. And He’s got the perfect plan worked out ahead of time to deal with whatever that adverse circumstance is that fear has dragged onto your doorstep. He is Faithful and True, and He will do it.
If your soul has gotten temporarily flustered by fear’s knock, do not worry. Do not give into condemnation about it either. Rather, simply look up again into the eyes of the One who loves you more than His life. Climb back into His waiting arms. Then gently remind yourself, “Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you” (Ps. 116:7, ESV).
Direct your soul back to its resting place in His bosom. Marinate in the memory of His habitual, relentless, bountiful kindness to you. Intentionally direct your focus to His immense goodness and powerful, unfailing care of everything that pertains to you. Get lost in His love.
After a while, you will realize that fear got tired of knocking. You peek out the window, and all you can see is a brilliant rainbow breaking through those dark clouds!
Do you have any tips to share for living life fearlessly?