Recognizing Fear

 Learning to trust


I have been learning a lot about fear and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how much it affects and controls my life. 
Fear has a lot of definitions. It includes words like dread, anxiety, worry, doubt, agitation, and panic. I have found that for me, having fear is usually a trust issue. 
The key to breaking away from fear, is gaining intimacy with the Lord. I love the comfort God gives us in Matthew 11 where the Lord encourages us to come to him and bring our burdens with us. It is a beautiful example of the Lord building trust with his people and reminding us that he is gentle and is a place of rest for our souls. We have the promise that we can cast all anxiety on the Lord because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and that His peace will guard our hearts and our minds (Philippian 4:7).
It is the lack of intimacy and knowing our God that keeps us in fear and without trust. Trust is something you learn and gain over time. As we grow in our relationship with God, we begin to have the opposite of fear, which is courage, bravery, confidence, trust, peace, heroism, and hope. Lack of intimacy with the Lord creates an environment of fear, while Intimacy with God creates an environment of trust, hope, and faith. The deeper we go and the more intimate we are with the Lord, the less fear we have. We begin to trust.
Matthew 11:28-30 
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Colossians 3:15 
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

1 Peter 5:7 7 
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Philippian 4:7 
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Galations 5:22 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness