This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
He is my God, and
I trust Him.
Are you a person that battles fear daily? Does fear determine how you live?
When Charlie and I were first married, I always wondered whether we would be able to keep up our mortgage repayments and from time to time have been fearful of losing our home. But I know that whatever we face, we couldn’t find our way out of the fear on our own – we couldn’t face it in our own strength – that strength wouldn’t be enough. We can’t just talk ourselves out of our fear. Psalm 91:2 states clearly that God is my refuge and my fortress and my God in whom I trust.
This may feel strange but take a moment to close your eyes and feel the arms of your loving Heavenly Father today – the one who wants to rescue you from your fears.
Being afraid isn’t a bad thing. It can often focus us on a dangerous situation. BUT! God does not want us to live in that fear. Where are you using fear to determine how you live your life? No matter what your face today, remember that God is for you and walks with you and that He is your fortress. In Psalm 91:11 we read, “for He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” this is amazing – He gives angels order to protect us. What a powerful thing to know.
He is our my refuge, a strong tower to run into. Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Trust in Him.
God doesn’t promise that we will never experience suffering, but He can give me strength and peace as we battle through our fears. No matter what is happening around us, even when life feels chaotic, we don’t have to fear the things the world throws at us as we have confidence in Christ, which gives us strength and peace. There is hope and an eternal future and Christ lives in us.
What are you most scared of today? What do you fear?
Remember how it feels to find safety. Return to those feelings often today as they remind you of Christ.
By Sue Redford
This is a short prayer which can be learnt to be used when we feel trapped with fear. You might want to list your fears and pray this afterwards.
God you haven’t given me a spirit of fear. Come and replace my fear with your power and your love so I may have a sound mind to live each day glorifying you. Amen.