Feel the Fear

Your Heart’s Cry

I look within for the strength to move forward, but the strength is not there. All pretense of self-sufficiency has dissolved in the river of much uncertainty. The currents of my fear propel a flowing cascade away from what I desire, but toward all that torments me. Night rages on in silent distress as my body refuses to release its hold on me. My mind refuses to release the anticipation of things that could be, things that may never be, and things that currently only exist in my head. Yet, it all appears so real. I see into the darkness all that lies in wait for me. Where can I go when the darkness gets darker? When all I feel is fear, how do I find my way back to faith?

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 NIV

His Reply

Fear is a spirit, but it is not from Me. Fear waits in the recesses of your imagination, seeking an opportunity to appear real. Fear leads to an emotional state of disease. It creates a reciprocal response empowered by how you react to what is beyond your control. Fear was never meant to be a dwelling place; it is only a point along the journey of life. It’s an abyss determined to keep you immobilized in your perceived place of safety.

When fear threatens you, hear My voice calling you to launch out into the deep with Me. Hear the whisper of My promises in the midst of it all. Be courageous and fear not. I am greater than your biggest fear, and I will be with you all the way. I have given you My very best to overcome the spirit of fear, and you are not powerless. You have been given the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. With the help of My spirit, you will rise above fear’s negative pull. Stay grounded in My love for you and know you have the power within you to do all I have placed in our heart to do. Remember, fear does not know you as well as I know you. You are an overcomer.

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

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by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.