Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fear vs Character

Yes, it is true. I am a person who has been run ragged with fear. Well, at least at times anyway. I think this is true for all of us. I express it as "has been" because I came across something that help me remember the source of my confidence. 

Each of us have our areas where we feel the most vulnerable. Maybe you are someone who is afraid of not being accepted. Or, perhaps you are the type of person who would tolerate all kinds of disrespect simply because the thought of conflict feels way too scarey. On the other hand, you may be someone who just plain goes with the crowed because the thought of being alone is the worst thing you can imagine taking place. No matter the fear, God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. This means he will never race ahead, get distracted by a better situation, or lag behind. This fact is an amazing promise to stand on. Bottom line: you can't get rid of Him. He walks right along side with you, matching your pace every step of the way. 

These four core fears influence our beliefs and our behavior: conflict, abandonment, rejection, and failure. They are not easily faced. The lessons learned in facing the fear does not always come easy. However, that is the point. Character does not come from a life of ease. It comes from being willing to face adversity in light of truth. We come face to face with the distorted beliefs (fears) or behaviors (based in fear) that keep us in unhealthy patterns. The grace and mercy of God is available; Make it a point to trust in that fact. Trust His promise to never leave you nor forsake you. That is the beginning point of your healing.

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