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Two Truths to Remember When You're Afraid


We all have fears. Too often, though, we let them rule over our lives and stop us from taking a stand for what we know God wants us to do.

Like Daniel standing in the lion’s den, we face situations that threaten to destroy us and our witness for Christ.

You have to ask yourself: “Am I going to follow God, even when it’s scary and uncertain?”

Did you know that doing what God wants you to do is a clear victory over the fear in your life? Victory isn’t the absence of fear. Victory is choosing to follow God despite your fears. It’s your choice.

Here are two important truths you need to remember when you face fear:

1. Remember how much God loves you.

He will never stop loving you. He won’t love you any more or any less. His love is unconditional and eternal. The Bible says, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them . . . There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:16, 18 NIV).

God is perfect love, and he drives out all fear. The more you get to know God, the less you’ll be afraid.

2. Remember that God’s plan is good.

God doesn’t have bad plans for you. That doesn’t mean nothing bad will happen to you. But the Bible tells us in Romans 8:28, “We know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans” (TLB).

The Bible says “all that happens” fits into God’s good plan—not just the good stuff. He can and will bring good out of anything. When Jesus died on the cross, God brought tremendous good out of the bad. Anyone can bring good out of good. God specializes in bringing good out of bad.

When you’re experiencing a setback, trusting that God loves you and has a plan for you isn’t easy, but it’s the only path forward.