“I know I shouldn’t be worrying about this, but the ‘what ifs’ just keep swirling and I can’t seem to calm down!”
Maybe you’re not prone to worry, but most women, if they’re honest, will admit to struggling a bit with fear. You may not be acquainted with it until you have children, or until you or a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, or until your job is in jeopardy, or until the painful shards of disaster come crashing down in your normally secure life.
Most of us have known the ravaging nature of fear.
Some women have lived their entire lives under fear’s tyranny. Abused as children, bullied or molested, some have learned to survive by erecting walls of self-protection.
One of my heroines from Scripture lived under harsh and abusive conditions, but rather than shrinking back and allowing fear to control her every move, Abigail picked up the mantle of a soft warrior. She courageously faced her fears. She’d learned how to battle fear with the best weapon available, and it’s the same weapon we have.
Abigail was well acquainted with fear’s nemesis.
Let me explain what I mean by that statement. One definition of a “nemesis” is something that cannot be overcome or conquered. So fear’s nemesis is something that fear cannot conquer. Fear cannot win. Fear has to give way to this “nemesis.” This nemesis has the ability to destroy fear. This nemesis is fear’s unconquerable opponent.
Too often it seems that fear is unconquerable. Fear is the opponent that is winning in our lives. Fear is our nemesis. We cave to it, are controlled by it, are defined by it. Terrifying fear is our enemy and if we don’t understand God’s sovereignty, fear can become our unconquerable “nemesis.” But that is not what God intends for us.
God has an answer. Fear has its own nemesis.
What does God say about this kind of fear?
[box]“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)[/box]
How many times does God tell us to: “Fear not!”?
Tomorrow, I’ll share with you Abigail’s perspective and how she dealt with fear. But today, I’d like to hear from you.
Are you gripped by fear right now?
Are you facing terrifying obstacles?
How do you face your fears?