Our Enemy: Fear!
As women, we are prone to fear. There are
two kinds of fear:
Earthly fear runs the gamut of the fear of
man, fear for our children’s physical health
and well-being, fear for our husbands, our
parents, our provision, our protection, our
marriage, our security, and our future.
Although we tend towards these kinds of
fears, we must remember that it is not God
that has given us a spirit of fear, but He
has given to us a spirit of power, a spirit of
love, and a sound mind ( 2 Timothy 1: 7).
Godly fear, on the other hand, is the fear
of the Lord.
How do we trade those earthly fears for
that heavenly fear? I think it has to do with
vision. What are we looking at? When we
magnify the Lord, or make Him big in our
eyes, and not our problems, we realize how
capable He is of handling all of our affairs.
Looking at Him makes everything else look
so small. There will be times of intense
earthly fear in our lives; so if we don’t know
how to access a Godly fear by looking up
instead of looking around, we will be overcome by this earthly, deathly fear. We overcome the fears of this world by the fear of
I don’t want to tear down my own house
by fear or by folly, or be known as someone
who despises the LORD by putting my trust
in my own devious ways. Because, when I
have strong confidence in the LORD, even
my children will have refuge. They will
learn Who to run to by watching where I
go in fearful situations. I want my children
to be turned away from the snares of this
fearful culture of death, and find a fountain
of life. The fear of the LORD provides all
“The wisest of women builds her
house, but folly with her own hands
tears it down. Whoever walks in up-rightness fears the Lord, but he who is
devious in his ways despises him . . .
In the fear of the Lord one has strong
confidence, and his children will have
a refuge . . . The fear of the Lord is a
fountain of life, that one may turn
away from the snares of death” (
Proverbs 14: 1, 2, 26, 27 ESV). 2
Our focus, our vision, our personal walk
with God today will prepare us for future
trials and triumphs. No matter what comes
in our life that causes us fear, we must cling
to the LORD and fear Him instead. We will
always find Him Faithful.
What I have learned over these years
is that this family unit is nothing and can
do nothing without the LORD. I have also
learned: God is my strength; God is my
help; God hears and answers my prayer;
God is close to me in the chaos when I am
humble and brokenhearted before Him.
Whatever my day brings, I can make
simple choices to put aside my agenda and
see the teachable moments. I can put aside
what I think is right and learn to love God
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I don’t want to tear down my own house by fear or by folly, or be known as someone who despises the LORD by putting my trust in my own devious ways.