Recently, I was listening to a testimony that I had heard many times before. It was about a woman who had just been told her child was dying. Her response was, “I refuse fear.”

Refusing fear is not an easy thing to do, especially in a situation like that. I know, I have been there. However, as I listened to this testimony, I realized there were areas in my life that I sometimes become anxious about…which, of course, is nothing more than fear. Therefore, that morning, I decided I was going to practice refusing fear.

I jotted down on a post-it note…practice refusing fear…I laid it down and walked out the door to get started on my plans for the day.

That day, I had planned to go to my aunt’s home, to pick and can green beans. The morning started out fine, we picked our beans and headed to her house to can them. After a long day of canning, I loaded everything back in my vehicle and started down her driveway. All of a sudden, my vehicle sputtered and died. I thought, “that was odd” and I started it again.

It started but it would not go forward. It had no power and sounded like it was going to die again at any moment. I stopped and walked back to my aunt’s house and told her what was happening. She suggested I shut it off and start it again. Which I did. This time it seemed okay. I put it in drive and headed toward my office.

Along the way, off and on, the vehicle would sputter, like it was going to die. I was praying all the way…that I would make it to the office. Which I did.

Once there, I called several auto shops to try to get someone to look at it. Out of my mouth kept coming the same words, “I am afraid to start home in it. I am afraid it will stop again, and I won’t be able to get off the road.”

Long story short, I did make it home. I walked in my door and over to my counter. Lying there was my post-it note which said, Practice refusing fear.

I dropped my head and said out loud, “Lord, I failed.”

Why is it that fear is often our first response?

If we get an unexpected bill in the mail, fear or anxiety is often our first response?

Not only that, but there are hundreds of scenarios where fear is our first response. Our vehicle acts funny. Our kids aren’t home in time. We hear rumors at work. Doctors reports. In all of these, many times, fear is our first response. My friend, this should not be so. God does not want any of us walking in fear. His word plainly says, “I have not given you a spirit of fear.” It says, “I will keep you in perfect peace, as long as you keep your focus on Me and trust Me.”

Fear, as with all things, is a choice. We must choose to refuse fear and stand firm on the word of the living God. His words are LIFE. They will bring peace to our spirits and give us the power to walk through any situation, in peace.

I think of Jesus when He walked through the crowd that desired to stone Him. He was not afraid, He walked through in total peace.

It is not always easy to choose peace instead of fear, I realize that. But it is a choice. We must choose not to allow fear and anxiety to dominate our life. We must choose to guard our heart from fear. Out of our heart come the issues of life. We must choose to keep our heart filled with faith and void of fear.

How do we do that? By keeping our mind upon the truth. The truth of the word of God, even, and especially in the midst of challenging times. The Bible says God will keep us in PERFECT peace as long as our mind is stayed/ focused upon Him. That’s the key to walking in a place where fear is not dominate.

It is my prayer this week, that we each come to a place where fear is not our first response. A place where faith and trust in God is our first response. Not only in our heart, but also coming out of our mouth. I am going to leave you with a few scriptures to stand on and pray…concerning fear. (on a side note, there was nothing wrong with my vehicle and it never did that again)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Is. 41:10

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Ps. 56:3

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. John 14:27

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

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. 1 John 4:18

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
Psalm 94:19

Meditate on this:
Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7