Confession time…I struggle with fear and anxiety.  Sometimes I can make sense of it because something stressful is going on in my life.  Other times, I can’t even figure out why.  I don’t like it because it makes me feel weak and the “battle” can be frustrating.  But, I know there are Scriptures I can cling to that help.  Here are some of my favorites.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 “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 43:1 “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

Perhaps I’ve been thinking about this lately because I love Francesca Batistelli’s new song.  It’s called “The Breakup Song”.  It’s her declaration of breaking up with fear!  Here is the chorus – let’s join her!

Fear, you don’t own me…There ain’t no room in this story
And I ain’t got time for you…Telling me what I’m not
Like you know me well guess what?
I know who I am…I know I’m strong
And I am free…Got my own identity
So fear, you will never be welcome here!

See you later fear!

Pastor Cindy