Updated: Feb 14
On Sunday I shared about my own journey in an ongoing battle to overcome fear. What follows is a recap about what I shared, and what I hope are some encouraging words about different fears that tend to hold us all captive, and some brief bible verses I turn to when I’m looking to overcome each of them. I pray that these reminders bring you comfort and courage.
Some of the fears I deal with are that God overestimates me. The responsibilities, authority, trials, mourning, addiction, life-threatening accidents and illnesses – I’ve feared that God thought in vein that he was teaching me how to persevere; toughening me up; teaching me to bounce back stronger. I feared God thought he could prune a branch in me that wasn’t bearing fruit, like in John 15:2; Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
In this illustration, I feared that His attempt at doing so had gone awry, that his hand “slipped” and maybe He pruned the wrong one. He crippled me - maimed me for life - tried to humble me in a way that would build my faith, but instead wound up ruining me.