READ: John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
I remember times when fear has crept into my life. I have had several situations that seemed unbearable to get through. You know what those situations are like. You feel as though you are out in the middle of sea on a boat, and the storm comes and it's black as night, pouring rain and the boat is sinking... sinking fast! A terrible feeling of fear grips your heart and you feel as though you are about to break.
One such time for me is when I was facing an incurable bladder disease. I faced that thing for 10 long, gruesome, unbearable years. I felt as though I spent every Sunday on my knees at the alter. I remember not knowing how I was going to get through life in such horrible pain and wondering how I would possibly raise my two young sons. There were days that my husband would leave for work, but I was curled up at the door holding his legs begging him not to leave. (I was in too much pain to care for them). My husband, of course, had to leave, and I would lay there crying. I would then cry out to God for help and literally I would feel the presence of God come into the room and pick me up and give me strength for another day.
I lived in a real state of fear. Fear of the future. Fear of the pain. Fear for my health. Fear of life in general. Fear of the next day. And even though I am past that point in my life and PRAISE GOD the victory came --- I have times that other things in life cause me to be fearful.
Do you remember Who calmed the storm in Mark chapter 4? It was Jesus. He was asleep during the storm and the disciples woke him and asked "Teacher, don't you care that we are going to drown?" Jesus rebuked the wind and told the waves 'silence' and all was calm.
What storm are you in the midst of right now? What fear is encompassing you, has your heart in a vice, and is just too big for you to handle? ....... Jesus tells us in John 14 not to be troubled and not to be afraid. Give it to Jesus! Tell Him that you are drowning here and that you need Him. Just like He calmed the storm for the disciples, I know that He will calm the storm for you.
As a Child of God - you do not have to be fearful. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Dear Jesus, you know that I struggle with fear. I sometimes feel like I'm drowning in a sea of it. Please Dear Jesus help me to give my fears to you and trust you to fill me with peace, and to help me. Amen & Amen.