You know those mirrors at carnivals that distort your shape and make you look crazy? They make you look taller, shorter, thin as a rail and wide as a truck? I was terrified of them as a toddler.
I actually thought they were changing me. (Now, I realize we all hate the ones that make us look two feet tall and ten feet wide!) As an adult, I look back and laugh at my fear of mirrors because I know it is just an illusion and that reflection bears no truth on what I actually look like.
Fear is like that carnival mirror reflecting an illusion back to you.
Fear wants to distract you from your purpose, lives to keep you from your potential, and longs to dull your passion.
You were created to do great things in this world, and fear is a powerful tool of the enemy to keep you from your calling.
- Fear keeps businesses from ever starting.
- Fear keeps blogs and books unwritten.
- Fear keeps testimonies silenced.
- Fear keeps families estranged.
- Fear keeps people stuck, unable to move forward in their lives.
Fear can be a powerful beast. The more we give into fear and let ourselves believe the lies of fear, the more power we give it.
So how do we overcome fear? The answer may seem so simple that it is easy to discount the power of it.
Truth is your superpower. It trumps fear every single time.
Speak Truth over your fear.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
We can focus on “whatever is true” until our fears have been replaced with truth.
Next time you find yourself caught in a loop of negative thoughts, and feelings of fear build up inside of you, it is crucial to remind yourself what is true.
“No. That isn’t truth. I know this to be true….” And follow that truth up with scripture. Sometimes it is a really basic truth like “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).