Do you struggle with fear? Does there always seem to be something that is causing your heart to panic? I was surprised when I held my daughter in my arms for the first time how afraid I was. Suddenly I was responsible for a little life, and the fear seemed overwhelming.
Over the years fear has displayed itself in my life in many different ways. I fear that my husband won’t come back home at the end of the day. I fear that something horrible will happen to one of my children. I fear that we will be destitute financially. I fear. I fear. I fear.
It seems there is always something to fear doesn’t there. We can be afraid that lady we just met won’t like us. We can be afraid that God isn’t pleased with us. I could list hundred of things that I have been afraid of and I still wouldn’t scratch the surface of all that there could be to be afraid of.
But God’s word says over 300 times:
Do Not Be Afraid!
God is pretty amazing isn’t he? He knew that we crave control and that we are prone to be afraid. So he gave us a ton of verses to remind us that He is in control and we don’t have to be afraid. Does that mean that nothing bad will happen to us? No. In fact the Bible tells us exactly the opposite. So we know that trouble will come, and it is possible that even our worst fears will be realized. The question is: Are you going to trust God in the midst of that uncertainty? Are you going to believe that God is good and has everything under control?
In her book Fear and Faith Trillia Newbell talks about different types of fear that most of us struggle with, and gives Biblical answers for facing those fears. She doesn’t say memorize these verses and you won’t fear any more, rather she says here is how to fight against the sinful fears with scripture.
Trillia Newbell discusses many different types of fear in this book. I was surprised as I read through the book how many of those fears are my own. I have learned how to cope with some of my fears, and I have begun to realize that I need to ‘Take every thought captive’. Practicing self-control in my thought life has been critical for me as I have been dealing with fear. In the past I have been known to work myself into a panic attack over something that never even happened simply because I allowed my thoughts to play out a pretend scenario in my head. The resulting fear from such practice was at times paralyzing.
I really appreciate how Trillia shares her own struggles with this issue and seems to be coming along side the reader and walking together with us through this difficult issue that so many of us face each day. I also appreciate that Trillia acknowledges that she still struggles with fear, but that she works to practice the tools that she details in her book.
This book is filled with reminders of who God is and that we can trust and depend on Him for all things. Even those circumstances that are so scary for us.
“ There is one thing guaranteed, which is awaiting you all the days of your life: God’s faithfulness.”
Trillia also reminds us of the core issue that is happening when we are taken captive by sinful fear.
“ It’s because, during those moments when I feel that everything is out of control, I believe God isn’t who He says He is and that I must take matters into my own hands. Essentially I’m saying that God can’t handle this mess.”
We would probably deny the above statement if someone were to confront us during a time of fear and panic in our lives. Of course we believe that God can handle this. But if we really believed that would we fear as much as we do?
Do you struggle with fear? Do you feel guilty because you are a Christian and you have been told that you shouldn’t be afraid. Maybe even that real Christians don’t fear? Well the truth is we are all weak beings. We all struggle and mess up, and will continue to do so until we are made new when we go to heaven.
I recommend that you pick up Trillia Newbell’s new book Fear and Faith. This book is packed with so many important lessons that we all can learn from. Lessons that can be a foundation for guiding you as you walk with Jesus Christ and depend on him more and more. Ultimately it is in that dependence that we are able to overcome the fears that war against our souls.
Trillia Newbell writes about faith, family, and diversity. She is the author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. She has published with Desiring God, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalitions and more. She currently serves as the consultant on Woman’s Initiatives for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Her book Fear and Faith is currently available at Amazon.