Fear can overwhelm us; fear can paralyze. Let this never be. Trials in life serve a holy purpose. Troubles help prove our faith and this need not discourage us. It is the Lord’s design and in these difficult times our trust in God is strengthened and our grip on the world is weakened. James stated it this way, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

Faith is what pleases God (Hebrews 11:6) and it is His desire that we grow strong in faith (Romans 4:20). And since it is the “constant practice” of exercising faith that produces enduring, strong, mature faith in us (Hebrews 5:14), it should not surprise us (1 Peter 4:12) that He frequently tests our faith by making us face things we fear (James 1:3).

So when fear attacks, rather than surrendering to or fleeing from it, let it remind us that our call is to conquer fear; we conquer it through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37) by being “strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:9).

It is only through repeatedly having to muster the strength to remember God’s promises and the courage to act on them that we learn to not fear anything that is frightening (1 Peter 3:6).

Face your fears and strengthen your faith in the One who holds you through the storm and allow these storms to help loosen your grip on the world.

-Dr. Kevin Conners