The root topic is fear. Anxiety, panic attacks, angst, phobias, nervous disorders…it’s all fear and fear sucks. If you don’t believe me, try it sometime. What I have learned is that, while fear can and often will imprison us, the keys to that prison cell are in our own hands. We are our own jail keepers.
It’s a trust thing. I’ve come to realize this through my own walk with fear. I’ve dealt with it throughout my entire life…I’ve allowed it to hold me back in every area of my life. In recent years, it climbed to a much higher, shinier level. It became so strong that I had no choice but to find answers. The medication route was an option, and while I did a brief season, it didn’t last. I’m not faulting people who take meds. I’m just not a fan.
The English translation of the bible says “perfect love casts out fear”… I would tweak that just a bit to say “trusting in (accepting) God’s perfect love casts out fear”. Trusting that He really and truly will never leave or forsake you, and that He genuinely wants to see you prosper in all things, is the root for casting out all fear, and all fear’s off shoots. Trusting in our own acceptability before God (regardless of our performance or the opinions of others) seems to automatically permit us to accept ourselves. It does for me, especially when I take the time to rehearse (out loud) all those scriptures that point to His unfailing love for me. In those moments when I find it within myself to make that choice to r-e-a-l-l-y trust that love…fear, rejection, isolation all dissolve. It turns me back into a strong, stable, and peaceful human being.
Like I said, it’s a trust thing, and I believe it will do the same for you.
As always, God bless, and thanks for reading,