Fearless? I was far from it as I looked down at the little square gift in my hands.
Does this little box have a diamond in it or is it something else?
It was my birthday—two days before Christmas. My boyfriend had asked my parents for their permission to marry me, but I didn’t know when he would propose.
If this is the ring—I’m engaged! But, why did he do it this way? I was afraid that this would be my engagement—and I had dreamed of a completely different story.
Stuck in the moment, I was more fearful of the unknown rather than embracing the present—a gift wrapped with love.
How to be Fearless When You Face the Unknown
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1. Check Your Focus.
Are you focusing on the unknown or the One who knows everything?
How can you know this?
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (literally “is God-breathed”), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
You can let go of the how by continuing to transform your mind with His Word. By doing this—your mind is becoming more like Christ and less like the world.
Don’t know where to start for yourself? Read more in my recent post, Why I Make Time to Read the Most Important Book Every Day.
2. Be Fearless By Resisting the Devil.
How to Recognize the Truth From a Lie
“Why would you want to do that?”
Attacking your identity may have similar themes:
“You’re not smart enough.”
“You’re too weak.”
How to Actively Resist the Devil
The apostle Paul gives first level practical tools to combat these lies.
In Ephesians he tells us to take up the armor of God. You can do this by specifically praying Ephesians 6:10-18 over yourself.
He encourages a renewing of the mind in Romans 12:2.
You can do this by replacing those lies with the truth by practicing biblical self talk, reading, meditating and memorizing God’s Word.
If you resist the devil and his lies—he will flee from you (James 4:7). To learn more about biblical self talk, read my post Are You Flourishing in the Strength of a Renewed Mind?
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Use the acronym H.A.L.T. to ask yourself a few questions. These will help to determine if there are factors that are contributing to your fear that explain it and help you to regain focus.
H – Are you hungry?
A – Are you angry?
L – Do you feel lonely?
T – Are you tired?