Conquering Fear with Christ

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Cross in snowAs editor of this Christian blog, and in seeing my smiling, happy face on here and Facebook, many would never realize I have had an ongoing battle with fear, anxiety, panic attacks, bouts of discouragement and depression most of my life. The majority of which stems from a not so very pleasant childhood, which, easier said than done, is not so easy at times to put behind you.

I also have a real fear of dying to some extent but more in terms of how I WILL eventually die, given the fact both of my parents died from cancer which was just a horrible heart-wrentching experience all around.

I wonder if this describes you too? The person BEHIND the smile that gives the impression “all is well” in their soul.

Isn’t this like alot of people we meet? So many co-workers, casual acquaintances, even complete strangers we connect with in any given day who know little more than what’s on the surface of who we really are, what’s going on in our lives, etc. We say to ourselves, “God forbid they get a glimpse of the real person behind the outward smile“………who for the most part isn’t really smiling much at all when behind closed doors. Romans 8:26

Yes this is something I struggle with and not anything I’m proud of. Some days this fear and anxiety is so paralyzing to the point I feel as if I can’t function, much less breath. It is one big vicious cycle. Deuteronomy 31:8

Now you are probably saying to yourself, how can a true born again Christian be dealing with issues of FEAR, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION? After all isn’t the old self put away? I would agree with the later statement. YES, the old self IS put away, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t EVER struggle with sin, become discouraged, depressed, filled with anxiety or fear. 2 Timothy 1:7

Even the apostle Paul and others struggled with such as did Abraham, Job, Jonah, King Saul, Elijah, Jeremiah and David.

When I feel myself going in this direction sometimes I’ve actually avoided picking up and reading the Word of God altogether, because of being ashamed that I HAVE allowed myself to be overcome with FEAR, anxiety and depression, at any given moment. It’s times like this in which satan would LOVE nothing more than to make you doubt that you are a Christian at all, much to his delight. However it’s amazing when we immerse ourselves into reading His Holy Word, the Bible, when under these spiritual attacks, just how much better we feel. Why? Because this how the Lord speaks to us, edifies us, with the aid of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 34:18

How I praise our Almighty God that you and I know differently. Struggles and Tribulations? Yes, we’ll have plenty. Disappointments? Again so many. John 16:33, Psalm 42:5

Yet I know that Jesus Christ is the ROCK of my salvation and being my ROCK He has already delivered me from sin, even if I faulter at times. He is there to lift me up everyday because the realization is we can’t do it alone without His help, intervention into our lives. We try to do it of ourselves, and we will fail miserably. It is in these moments of weakness that we must lean on Him ever more! Philippians 4:13 “For I can do all things in Christ that strengthens me.”

You know, I came across this passage of Scripture which I now have printed out and taped to the bottom of my computer. There was a period about a month ago in which again I was so very fearful and filled with anxiety about the “what ifs“. It struck a cord with me because it really spoke to my struggle in this area. Psalms 56:3-4 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

I also write this post today, on a day in which once again I am overcome in a sense with the many”what ifs” in this life. Matthew 6:31-32 Worries and uncertainty about finances, health, work issues, the list goes on and on at times. But rest assured the Lord Jesus Christ is a constant in our lives, never abandoning us and He surely knows our needs without even uttering a word. Luke 12:24, 1 Peter 5:6-7

I pray this has given you encouragement in knowing you are not alone in this battle. Philippians 4:4-8 Some days, I will admit, I actually feel more like Martha in the Bible. And so I leave you with this passage to reflect on today. May you be blessed.

Luke 10:38-42(KJV) 38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

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My name is Brenda and I am the Editor / Publisher of DEFENDING GOD'S WORD, a Biblical and Spiritual discernment ministry here to help you in rightly dividing the Word of God when contending for the faith. Our mission for this blog is to reach others with the Gospel message of our Savior Jesus Christ and to alert those caught up in the growing apostacy & deception infiltrating His Church in these last days so they are not deceived. Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

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  1. Hi hun, boy do I know what you are saying here. Thing is even though I and my husband who has PTSD suffer all this we feel no shame and nor should you.God loves you no matter what. ūüôā

  2. Thanks my sister in Christ for your words of encouragement. I know that many will relate to post. May God bless you.

Romans 10:17 KJV

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