Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Fear

Late last night I hopped into the shower before heading to bed.  As I was showering, I looked up to see a teeny-tiny spider walking on the ceiling above me. 

 I spent the rest of the shower moving strategically out from under the spider who apparently could not make up his mind on where he was headed. I spent the first five minutes enjoying my shower and the next 15 looking up, afraid that the teeny-tiny spider was going to fall on my head!  When I finally got out, I took a closer look at the spider and realized it was a...

mosquito...caught in a spider's web.  Apparently the indecision was the mosquito bobbing up and down in the web trying to get out.  
Oh how my eyes deceived me.  
What I thought I saw influenced my emotions. 
What I thought I saw and subsequently what I then felt (the fear), even made me alter my course. 
Isn't that just like fear.  Fear makes our imaginations take the wheel.
Fear changes our plans. We often alter our course in life to accommodate our fears. 
But, it doesn't have to be this way.
A pastor once gave me a good acronym for fear. He said fear is...

It always appears larger than it really is. 
I have dealt with some pretty entrenched fears in the past.  Some that I thought I would never be free from.  It's funny how you can see the fear in someone else's life as silly or irrational, but when it comes to your own fears they seem larger than life.  Fears are controlling. Sometimes suffocating.  Fear is a theft.  It takes up space in your mind that God reserves for Himself.  It steals your joy.  Many fears that adults experience are rooted in childhood.  They start there and are ignored through adulthood. They become entrenched. When a fear isn't dealt with properly, it becomes a stronghold. You might have a fear that began in childhood that completely rules your thinking.  Like so many others, you may be managing it externally, while internally falling a part.  

 Fear cannot be wished away.  Especially fears that have been with you for a long time - those are now strongholds of fear.  A stronghold must be actively uprooted by the word of God.  I have been guilty of wishing fears away.  Please let me be the first to say *wishing and hoping* fears away only gives a spirit of fear the right to stay exactly where it is.  But, in the name of Jesus - Fear must abandon it's post and move on.  
I challenge you today to identify your fear for what it is.  Don't let embarrassment keep you bound one more second.  
Here are some power verses to help you conquer fear.  
If you need prayer in regards to a fear in your life, feel free to leave your name below. 

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heave, and on earth, and under the earth."  Philippians 2:10

"Do not fear for I am with you..." Isaiah 43:5

"Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold I will do something new, now it will spring forth. Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert."
 Isaiah 43:18-19

"The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned." Matthew 4:16

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do no anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." 
Isaiah 41:10

"Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him, and let him behold My salvation." 
Psalm 91:14-16