Every year I choose a word to work on for my personal growth. I usually spend some time in the fall before the new year praying and thinking about areas of my life where growth needs to happen. In 2016 my word was “fearless.”
It wasn’t that I was fearful of the future, in fact I love change and adventure. I was fearful of the little things around me. I spent so much of my time intensely cautious in my environment that the fears were taking hold of me and disrupting my daily life. I knew God wanted me to surrender these fears to Him.
On January 1, 2016, I began praying that God would take away the fears I felt each day. And can I tell you? When I fully surrendered and told God, “I’m not in control, but you are and I’m going to trust that you will take care of me no matter what happens,” God took my fears away. Completely.
I’m not afraid anymore, and I can say that honestly about every area of my life. This includes the small daily fears that plagued me before, as well as, larger anxieties which all of us face. In surrendering my fears to God, he gave me complete peace that I can walk into any situation and know confidently that He is with me.
One of the phrases I repeated to myself in the early stages of my surrender was this, “God does not give us a spirit of fear.”
These words come from 2 Timothy 1:7:
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.”
He gives us the spirit of POWER. What a word! God gives us power to live confidently in spite of the fears that creep into our lives. Too often we rely on our own power, when our real task is to submit to God’s power.
He gives us love to overcome hurtful actions and words. 1 John 4:18 says:
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
I experienced this in my own life as I was so filled with the love of God, there was no room for fear.
He gives us a good mind which refuses to become confused or paralyzed in the face of threats. That’s the promise to each of us who submit our lives to Jesus.
Today I challenge you to surrender the part of your life you haven’t given over to God yet. Whether it’s your fears, your pride, your insecurity. Give it to Him and I can guarantee He will show up and amaze you with His ability to heal us from the inside out.