Fear. Quiet, debilitating fear that works it’s way into our decisions, our health and our relationships, born out of the hardships we face. That’s what I’m talking about. Fear that is shrouded by guilt and shame. What if everyone knew where we came from, what happened to us, or what we had done? Would they reject us, turn away, feel betrayed that they “never knew us?” I don’t know. Some might, but some others may be encouraged as they see their own failures in someone else.
This type of fear was a problem for me for awhile. It is for a lot of people that have walked through painful things. Without even realizing it, it was deterring me from really enjoying the healthy things in my life, the things that I want to be center-stage. It was preventing me from really letting my old life die away. As I read someone else’s story one day, I saw that fear in them. It made me angry. I was shocked at how much of myself I recognized in her story. That made me stand up and say, “No. Screw the Fear! I’m keeping the healthy things in my life, I’m keeping the progress I’ve made. ” With that thought, in an instant, Jesus met me there and took down that fear. Simply leveled it. He promises to replace our old life with a new one. My fear was born out of past experiences, so really, it had nothing to do with the person I am now. That fear had to lose, to die with my past…and I had to let it go. Victory.
Let Him fight for you, too. Let Him give you the victory over your fears, over the things that hold you back from reaching truly healthy places.
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He will fight for you.