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What To Do With Fear

Did you know that there was a recipe for getting rid of 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. – 1 John 4:18

Love doesn’t always look warm and fuzzy. It doesn’t always whisper sweet nothings. It sometimes takes drastic measures to bring you back and make you whole. Love will even let you go just so that you realize that you need it more. Sometimes you don’t even feel it coming in and transforming your life. How do I know?

God worked on me. Hard and long He worked on my calloused heart. I argued. Felt amazing for split moments. Cried till the anger turned into sorrow. He ripped thoughts of fear into shreds until I got to the point where I could tell Him myself that it needed to go. It was long and slow. I was impatient for recovery. Yet, God kept working. He rewired my perceptions and rebuilt the foundations in my heart.

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Sometimes it’s easy to think that fear is impossible to get rid of. I know that I have tried to combat it with appearing confident, while inside I am shaking like a leaf! It appears that only a magical formula will make it, POOF, disappear.

God wants us to know that by putting Him (LOVE) at the center of all that we do, He will be able to drive out that paralyzing feeling that keeps us from really living. It wasn’t till I realized that I had let Him go and had hit rock bottom, that I needed Him more than ever. He showed me where I was lacking and where sin had become interlaced into my character and nature. Now I don’t know what I would do without Him. I couldn’t be creative, reach out to others, or live life to the fullest!

Have you experienced freedom from fear? Have you, like me, hit rock bottom and want out?

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5 Comments

  • Reply Lacie Nunley November 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I myself was strangled with fear for most of my life. I was always scared of the possibilities of something going bad, before I could possibly think that good would come out of a situation. I was afraid of driving from my hometown to a new city that was just 45 minutes away.
    Then the year of 2014 happened. GOD through Judy told and taught me fear is not necessary. End of August into September of 2014 I and Judy made the trek 1400 miles leaving Arkansas my home state behind me and the new adventures of Pennsylvania ahead of me. I would start to question was I doing God’s will, is this what he wanted for my life. Then Judy would tell me everything was going to be fine. The further we got my thoughts of a new city was terrifying, but exciting as well.
    We reach PA on a Tuesday morning. Judy has to go into work. I’m at her house, she calls me and tells me someone is at the School to see me. I’m like who could it possibly be? I had thought! I walk over to the school, I come in the door. Going into the office sitting in a chair was a person I had just met during summer camp meeting and had become friends very quickly. When I left Pa in June I never thought I would ever see her again. Tonya-Mae was sitting there!! As we embraced each other and me sobbing my eyes out in complete happiness. I knew right then an there my choice was the right one God had given me.

    • Reply Krystal Irrgang November 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

      That is awesome, Lacie! It is cool to see how God gets to our hearts and helps us to get rid of fear. Even through a friend! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Emily Khoe November 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you for this reminder Krystal! Fear is what I struggle the most with in my walk with God, especially fear of the future. When I let the thoughts of fear control my mind, I limit what God can do when I totally give it to Him. It is so freeing to give it to Him, then the worry is gone and I know He will work out His pleasing and perfect will. It is a daily struggle, but there is progress. Thank you for sharing your journey of being released from fear!

    • Reply Krystal Irrgang November 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Honestly, this is a reminder for me as well! God is working on my layers. First He helped me with being scared to try new things and step out… now we are working on the worry part. The stuff I can’t control. Glad I could be helpful! Following God is a definite process. 🙂

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