Fear Is A Liar

For I hold you by your right hand—
    I, the Lord
 your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you’.    – 
Isaiah 41:13 NLT

Fear is a powerful emotion. Fear can be very damaging. For many of us, fear includes the fear of loss, humiliation, injury, rejection, criticism, a bad report, failure, poverty, illness or death (of self or loved ones) and unfulfilled potential. You may have others you could add to the list.

We sometimes hear that “do not fear” appears in the gospel 365 times. Once for every day of the year. Actually, this is not true. “Do not fear” is in the Bible around 103 times. But, 103 times is still a lot of times for God to be telling us not to fear. God is telling us He is with us and will provide comfort and hope.

When we first come into recovery, many of us don’t understand that fear is a choice? In recovery, the word fear is broken down into an acrostic: FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear can separate us from God, and others, if we allow it. The cool thing is that if we talk with others and bring our fear to God we stop giving fear power. What lives in the dark dies in the light.

Today I will not allow fear to have a foothold in my life. I choose to believe His promise in Isaiah 41:13. I will not be overcome by false events appearing real.

Heavenly Father, today I will trust in you. Today I will not let fear run my live. I will not let fear live rent free in my head. You are the wonderful comforter. Thank you for telling me in your word, I have nothing to fear. Amen.

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Zach Willians is a friend of Celebrate Recovery. He was one of the artists that performed at the CR Alltogether Rally in Austin, Texas in January.

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