This Word…

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.

1 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

There is a four letter word that perks my attention, turns my head, and warrants a brief explanation to little eves droppers. Then results in prayer both confessing my judgment and for the person. But I’m not referring to THAT word.

This “F” word does all these things and I’m guilty of it’s use. I would argue we all are or, at least, have been.

For many, fear touches our lives daily. For most it runs our life. Fear causes me to hold back, work around, worry, compromise.

God wants fear in my Christian walk to be just as head turning, equally explained, confronted and confessed as that other word. He desires that I place fear before Him in prayer and call upon the power of the name of Jesus Christ.

A woman after God’s heart, shared with me years ago, “”FEAR” is False Evidence Appearing Real. As a Christian nothing should be bigger than God in our lives.”

Those words cut my soul then and they still do. My entire life had been lived in fear of something or someone at that time, and the temptation is ever present.

Until I embrace fear for what it is and who it is from. Place it under my feet and on the other side of God’s encircling love, fear can and will rule my life thus inhibit the flow of the Holy Spirit through me.

Does fear have you in a strong hold?
Believe me, I get it!

CoVid-19 is something new, it’s painful to watch, it can be scary. 

I am “immune compromised.” My husband is a truck driver delivering groceries, he must go out there. Mom, depends on breathing equipment 24/7 already. My children are in peek seasonal allergy induced asthma time. Many whom I love have lives seasoned with time and others with new babies to come soon.

Even with all of these facts, I have choice.

I could let fear be bigger than my faith.  Or, I can choose to allow the love of God, my faith in His promises, be bigger than my fear.


Lord, You gave us a sound mind, and we grieve the pain and suffering of many. We lift the ill and those on the front lines to You Lord. I pray each of Your children does their part to help, not only by sheltering at home, but in every way possible, to shine the Your light to others during this time. Fear is not from You. I call upon the powerful blood of Jesus Christ, help us walk with faith bigger than fear, and Lord, choose to walk knowing You are here. 

About Kelly Harris

Mother of two, care-taker of many, with a passion for faith, family, and friends. Blessed beyond measure to journey together in this thing called life along side my High School sweetheart, Dustin.
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