Have you ever wished
Boss Your Fear?
I took my teenage boys to an amusement park
and reluctantly agreed to accompany them
on a roller coaster ride.
It was one of those big, old, wooden monstrosities.
The kind of rollercoaster that
shakes and tosses you around inside the cart
until your sunglasses fly off your face and
most of the contents of your purse
fall into the abyss below the tracks.
As the roller coaster thrashed us about,
fear crawled up the back of my throat.
Why did I ever agree to come on this ride?
I’ll probably die and my children will be orphans!
“This is terrifying!” I shrieked to my son.
“I hate this. How do I make it stop!”
“You can’t stop it, Mama.
You just gotta do it scared!”
my son yelled back.
There was nothing to do but hang on and ride it out.
Rationally, I knew that millions of people
had survived the ride,
but at that moment it didn’t feel like
I was going to.
Maybe that’s how you feel now.
Like you’re being rattled and shaken and
tossed about and that
you’re not going to make it.
Fear creeps up on you and
your mind is filled with
Why’s and What if’s?
That’s the ugly, scary part of fear.
The powerful unknown.
Fear wants to paralyze you
so you do nothing but worry and fret.
That’s why the Bible says to take every thought captive
and make it obedient to Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
You have to boss your fear!
Make your thoughts –
(the very things that are wrecking havoc on your emotions),
obedient to Christ.
You are supposed to make the
fear or worry and anxiety
submit to YOU,
not the other way around.
Boss your fear.
Take those thoughts captive.
If you follow the trail of fear to the end,
what is the very worst thing that could happen?
It may be unpleasant,
but it’s likely survivable.
When the enemy of your heart, soul and mind
can paralyze you
so that you don’t remember
God IS in control
and nothing is impossible with Him,
he has successfully
taken you captive.
if there was something you could do
to stop or thwart the thing causing
fear or worry,
you would, right?
Since there is not,
you have to boss your fears.
You may have to ride it out.
You have to do it scared.
Doing it scared means
your fears and worries
It means being
the boss of them!
Here are some ways to boss your fear.
Boss your fears!
Fear is a ploy of from the pit of hell,
not the throne room of Heaven.
Tell your fears about God.
Remind your fears that
God is love.
God is all powerful.
God is not distant.
God can do the impossible.
Pray Out loud!
There is something about speaking
dark fears into the light
that lets God’s truth shrink them.
When you speak your troubles out loud,
your mind and heart and the Holy Spirit
figure out how to deal with them.
Invite a friend into the process.
Walking through a moment or season with a friend
will help you keep your balance.
She can counter your unhealthy self-talk
and bring reason to all your conversations.
Don’t let another moment
be stolen from you because of
fear, worry or anxiety.
God longs to be present with you
and where He is,
there is Peace
Philippians 4:6-7 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.