Ever heard of the story of the second man to walk on water? His name was Peter and he was a fisherman who had met Jesus and also spent time touring the land of Israel with Him. If you were to meet Jesus, what would you ask Him? Back to the story, Peter wanted to be sure that He was actually seeing Jesus and not a ghost when he saw a Jesus lookalike walking on the sea, he asked: "If it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So, Jesus beckoned on him to come. Peter got off his boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. However, as Peter was making his way to Jesus on water, the wind was boisterous and Peter became frightened and started to sink. He cried out to Jesus to save him and Jesus didn't hesitate. Jesus reached and grabbed his hand and saved him. However, Jesus had to question his faith, He told him that he should not have doubted (Paraphrase of Matthew 14:24-31).
Can you see yourself in Peter? You know God, you have a relationship with Him, however there are things that pop into your mind or things that you see or hear or read that generate fear or doubt in your heart. Let me remind you that you are not alone. The devil constantly sows seeds of fear and doubt in us.
How do you deal with this?
Recognise that fear and doubt will not add anything positive to your life. The scripture says that you should be anxious for nothing but to turn that anxiety into an opportunity to pray for God's help regarding the anxiety. (Phil 4:6)
Recognise that you can't control what people say or write, you can't control some things from happening etc. However, you can control how you respond to it. How then do you respond?
When you feel afraid about anything, remind yourself of the power of God and remind yourself of what the Word of God says about that situation. Constantly say it out loud or you can respond to the thought in your head as well. If you confront the negative thoughts in your head with the Word of God, you will overcome the fear as the Word of God will give you victory, peace and further directions. Like Peter reached out to Jesus, remember to reach out to Jesus and not to things that would add to your fears and doubts. Jesus Christ is always calling out to us to do both the possible and seemingly impossible. Don't be faint hearted like Peter, step out with boldness!
Have a lovely week.