Gripped by Fear?

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Is the fear of loss or potential pain keeping you from a successful relationship? What about the fear of failure? Or the fear of repeating prior mistakes?

If that’s you, you’re not alone. Most of us experience those fears in the beginning of a new relationship. Sometimes they are so consuming that we won’t even allow ourselves to begin a new relationship. Hey, if there’s no relationship, we can’t mess it up, right?

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.” And honestly, it’s not about us anyway. It’s about the will of God and what He has for us that’s important.

It’s very easy to forget that fear is just a tool of the enemy to make us miss our mark, especially when we’re in the midst of it. But if we keep our focus on God and follow His leading, He will direct us. But we have to know Him to hear His leading! Use the verses below to help you get to know Him better. And trust that God’s got everything under control! His love never ceases!

Embracing Romantic Grief

by Shana Schutte

After author C.S. Lewis lost his beloved wife to cancer, he wrote in A Grief Observed, “Grief and pain are the price humans have to pay for the love and total commitment we have for another person. The more we love, the more we hurt when we lose the object of our love. But if we are honest with ourselves, would we have it any other way?” (read more)

Delivered from All My Fears

Jeannie found herself staring at the digital numbers on her alarm clock once again. The luminous red lines forming the numbers which indicated it was three in the morning looked all too familiar. It seemed that her fears had no respect for her need for sleep, or the fact that in a few short hours she would be needing to face another stressful day at work.  (read article)

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NKJV)

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. (Proverbs 3:25, 26, NIV).

The LORD is my light and my salvation– so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. (Psalm 27:1, NLT2)

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! (Psalm 46:1-3, NLT2)

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13, NIV)

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, NKJV)

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15, NAS95)

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4, NAS95)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18, NKJV)

“But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33, NAS95)

“The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (Hebrews 13;6, NLT2)