When You’re Afraid

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“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10


STRONG TOWER

Life can be scary! Life can be hard! And even the strongest face knee-knocking, teeth-chattering circumstances in this world gone mad.


Fear can grip our hearts and derail our destinies. It’s a powerful emotion. God gives us fear for a purpose, but the enemy often uses it as a weapon and we find ourselves cowering when we should be courageous and crawling when we were created to soar.

Great grace is generated as a result of godly fear, but when the enemy sends fiery darts of fear our way it has the power to reduce our dreams down to pea size passions. 

Fear causes us to falter; it saps our strength and lessons our resolve; it hinders our progress and shakes our faith. If the enemy can cause us to fear, he can cause us to doubt…and if he can cause us to doubt, he can render us ineffective – like a soldier on a battlefield who has allowed fear to steal his fight.


But the only thing God tells us to fear is Himself. Fear God! That’s it! And when we fear God we have nothing else to fear.


Today, we’re reminded that the name of the Lord is a strong tower where the righteous can run and find safety. Do you believe that?

  • When your world has been tossed upside down, do you believe that? 
  • When you lose your job and you’re afraid you’re going to lose your home too, do you believe that? 
  • When you’re given a life-altering diagnosis or you lose your spouse, do you believe that? 
  • When you’re called to do something that is way beyond you, do you believe that? 
  • When you’re faced with a decision and you’re afraid of the outcome – or you’re afraid you’ll have to do something you don’t really want to do, do you believe that?

Yes, sweet friend, it is true and you can believe that! The name of the Lord is a strong tower…so run to it and find safety.


You girls know I’m sharing from my own places of pain and my own weaknesses, right? Well, to be honest, I think I’m the biggest sissy on the planet, but, like you – I’m a work in progress, and I’ve been learning that when I choose to remember I’m a daughter of the King of all kings – that changes everything and I have nothing to fear. 


I run to Him and find safety and I’m not afraid anymore!


How about you? Do you run to the name of Jesus when you’re afraid? Do you let fear hinder you or do you struggle with fear?

9 Comments

  1. Thank You Steph!!! Love you

  2. Another grand slam Steph. 😉 Thanks so much for this. What a powerful statement: “Fear can grip our hearts and derail our destinies.” That's a real “quotable,” quote. Fear was certainly one of the enemies' top weapons in my life, as he tried to “derail my destiny.” I'm so grateful that God revealed to me how much of a grip fear had on my life. I learned that every day I have to make a conscious choice to walk in faith, not fear. It's not easy, but that's where I remind myself that “His strength is made perfect in my weakness.”

    p.s. If your schedule allows when you come to Sanford, I'll gladly drive to meet you. (It's only a 30 min drive). No pressure though. I know how those events can go. It will certainly be a sweet treat though to finally be able to hug your neck. 😉

  3. I love, love, LOVE this sentence you wrote: “And even the strongest face knee-knocking, teeth-chattering circumstances in this world gone mad.” So thankful we have a God to still us. Blessings!

  4. The sentence that speaks the most to me is, “Fear causes us to falter; it saps our strength and lessons our resolve; it hinders our progress and shakes our faith. If the enemy can cause us to fear, he can cause us to doubt…and if he can cause us to doubt, he can render us ineffective – like a soldier on a battlefield who has allowed fear to steal his fight.” My husband and I lived that a year ago when he was unemployed for almost 3 years. Only by the grace of God and our trust in Him did we come out OK and with a renewed faith in our Lord. Thank you Stephanie ~ you are a wonderful friend!

  5. Anonymous~Thanks for stopping by. Love you back! 🙂

  6. Shelly ~ I think fear shadows the heart of every woman on the planet. So thankful we can trust Him even when our circumstances are crazy. I love that your life is a testimony of overcoming fear through Christ.

    P.S. I'm going to email you my phone number and we can get together when I go to Sanford. If you'd like to come to the church that I'm speaking at. Can't wait to meet you in 'real' life! 🙂

  7. Donna ~ Thanks so much for sweet and encouraging words! Don't you just love how He loves us!

  8. Stephanie,
    Let me know the date that you're speaking and the details (time, if there's a cost, etc.) and I will be there! 😉 Send me a message or email with your number and I'll give you mine as well. Can't wait! -Love, Shelly

  9. WOW! So ever needed this today my friend! Thanks!

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