Bidding you all a great day today. I want to invite you into my mind. I have been thinking about the topic of fear for a couple of days now. You ask, what is fear? It is defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”

We are told not to fear for He is with us, we should not be dismayed since He is our God. The Bible tells us that God promises to strengthen, help and uphold us with his righteous right hand. Yet, we fear. Is it normal to have fear? He says that He did not give us a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind. Yet, we fear. But when fear arrives, I say it’s time to use love, power and sound mind to send it packing.

Recently, I was able to garner a new car after trading in my old 2002 faithful Betsy. Do we all name our cars Betsy? Sorry, I digress. Anyway, instead of a car, I now have a SUV. Well, it is taking me some time to get used to driving this SUV. When I first got the car and went on the highway, I was probably going about 35 miles per hour because I was fearful. I kept thinking the car was unsteady and I was literally and figuratively scared. Yes, yes I know the Word but I was fearful. I had to keep reciting the Word in order to overcome and to keep driving that SUV.

To tell you the truth, at times, on certain highways, the spirit of fear still comes over me and I have to call on “sound” mind to kick in and to tell it to scatter and be on its way meanwhile praying for power from on high. I remind God of His promises to me and my fear leaves and I get to my destination safely. Praise God.

In these days of the Coronas, it is so easy to get fearful. On certain occasions, I have to take public transportation to get to work and my mind starts to roam and to think about all of the terrible things that can happen to me underground. In those instances, I have to use the Word of God to fight those fearful thoughts and remind that fearful spirit that God will never leave me nor forsake me and no weapon formed against me shall prosper. I listen to faith sermons from my Bishop and I am ready to go. If God can’t protect me, then who can?

Fear is so treacherous that it can cause us to stand still and be immobilized. Fear can stop us from reaching our God given potential and our destiny. What is your fear? What are you doing to conquer it? Some of us are afraid of failure so we remain in the same position for years. It is a trick of the enemy and our mind is his playground. Rise up and conquer that fear by increasing your faith. Speak to that thing and declare your power over it! Move that fear by doing that thing that you are so afraid of and see how easy it gets each time you move it out of your way. The spirit of fear will come, but the real question is what will you do to conquer it? Conquering fear is a choice. Choose to conquer that fear with your faith. Faith without works is dead. Come alive, kick that fear to the curb and let us rise up and shine. Today is that day!

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Published by Sister Jackie

I am a wife, mother, grandmother and caretaker, and I also work outside of the home. Life has its struggles but I am not complaining. It could always be worse. Many lessons learned on my journey and many more to come--I am sure. God has a sense of humor and I have certainly learned how to laugh at myself. You should too-it is quite therapeutic. After all, some things we cannot change so why not enjoy a good laugh at our own expense. See you soon.

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