Hello, my beautiful friends. Hope you are well. This has been on my heart and I pray it encourages you.
Sometimes an unhealthy FEAR can creep in and immobilize us and make us not live a life of freedom.
For me, in the past, fear can sometimes tell me things like:
- How can I be sole provider to 5 kids…financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
- How can I share my story with the world…I am an introvert who hates to speak in front of people.
- How can I live life without a husband…I will be alone the rest of my life.
So I began really searching scriptures on fear to help me not be so afraid. It says in Psalm 34:7 “I will teach you the Fear of God.”
Did you know there are two types of fear? A good fear and a bad fear.
Bad fear is full of pride, sin, lies, bondage, and despair, makes you not sleep at night, and leads only to death. Good Godly fear is a healthy, wholesome fear that gives you the best night sleep ever and brings you life, true holiness, and a beautiful freedom. Worldly fear makes you feel afraid, Godly fear makes you feel safe.
God began showing me when I cling to Him and have a personal relationship with Him, that is when I want to please Him and obey His Word the most. And the more I obey his Word, the more I have a supernatural power and freedom to live a fearless life. As Ben Franklin said, “Only virtuous People are capable of freedom.” This is so true, the times I choose to do things in my own strength and disobey God, I honestly start to feel the chains of that bad fear choking me all over again. My focus and fervent prayer is that I will daily have a wholesome, healthy dread of displeasing God in everything that I say and do.
When I choose to live a virtuous life and surrender everything to God, I feel such freedom. I know it doesn’t make a lot of “worldly” sense. People think that surrendering your life to God is bondage and there is no freedom, but I have found the opposite to be true. To surrender everything to Jesus and let Him be in control of your life….that is pure FREEDOM. There is an unconditional perfect love that consumes me and gives me an unexplainable peace that is beyond any human comprehension. Do you know what the coolest thing is? GOD IS LOVE and His love takes that ugly scary fear completely away and replaces it with His healthy Holy fear.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (I John 4:18 NIV)
I would like to encourage you today. Let the perfect love of Jesus consume you so you can live a fearless life, full of freedom!
Erica Marie Foster has a passion for encouraging mothers. Through her transparent writing, speaking and coaching, she boldly shares her fierce love for Jesus and her children. She uses the Bible and real life stories to help mothers live with faith, freedom and purity so that they will embrace the call to love and raise their children to know God. Erica resides in Ohio, and is a single mother to 5 children. In her free time she loves to write, sing, spend time with her family, play sports and be outside enjoying God’s creation.Connect at
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