I’ve battled fear for a majority of my conscious memory. Fear is a relentless foe; it presses back every time I push it away.
But I’ve been given a way to push harder.
By letting go.
Why Surrender Is Hard and How to Start
Lisa’s post last week brought up the point of surrendering in the moment.
It’s through re-reading her post (and our other posts this month) that I’ve realized: When I fear, I’m surrendering to and serving fear in that moment.
The strong-willed (read: stubborn) majority of me immediately fights back, No way do I want to serve fear! Yet, that’s just what I’m doing. And, that stubbornness prevented me from surrendering to God to begin with.
When God calls me to “fear not,” what can I do instead?
- Surrender fear by blasting its darkness with light.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?” – Psalm 27:1
- Surrender fear by grabbing gratitude.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Surrender fear and replace it with peace given by His presence.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 (See also Philippians 4:6-7)
- Surrender fear by fighting with truth. God is here. And God loves, reminding us why he wants us to surrender.
“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.” – Isaiah 41:10
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
What Happens When We Surrender Our Fears
Why can we let go of fear? Because God already extended (and continues to extend grace to us):
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people…” – Titus 2:11 (See all of Titus 2:11-14)
What comes when we get rid of fear? Hope.
I’m still battling fear, but each time I read these truths, speak them out loud, and really believe in them, I open up to His strength a little bit more.
Read, speak, believe. Repeat again and again. As C.S. Lewis said, “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
I’d much rather surrender to His hope over fear. How about you?
Also, we don’t have to fight fear alone. Let’s fight fear with community (Colossians 3:15-17). How do you fight fear with His Word? How can we pray together for you today? Share in the comments.