Whether it’s feelings of inadequacy, parenting anxieties, or panic over the latest terrorist tactics in the news, the challenge to face down our fears and to move forward into new, healthful, and bold behaviors is a common thread for January writing and thinking. The problem, however, with this seasonal booster is that the need for courage doesn’t expire on February 1.
Fear Fighting is a year-round calling and Kelly Balarie is a natural born cheerleader, committed to awakening courage in her readers. She has earned some pretty impressive credentials as a fear fighter in her battles with an eating disorder, depression, financial stresses, and family tragedies. She has learned, first hand, that transformation is an act of God that takes place in the present tense. With a raised fist, she trumpets the invitation to be a modern-day Deborah, the fiery woman from the time of the Old Testament Judges who dared to ask questions, listened for God’s answers, ejected the enemy’s lies, timed her move, and then acted in confident belief without fear — because she knew where she was going.
Since no one is completely fearless, everyone can fear less, and learning to live as a fear fighter is best accomplished in community. Kelly has flung the doors open wide, inviting readers into her story and into a network of like-minded warriors through her website and her blog. (Click to visit!)
Fear fighting is a process and growth happens one step at a time. The question that comes to my mind is this: What would you do to a friend who lied to you as often as your fears have? This helpful filter (p. 64) is a tool for identifying the voice inside your head:
- If it woos with the voice of love, it is God.
- If it calls you closer to God, it is God.
- If it speaks truth, it is God.
- If it wants to beat you, tie you, and throw you out back for always being despicable, it is not God.
“Anything not founded in love does not equal God.”
It is no surprise to me that thousands of years ago, Isaiah the prophet also expressed the invitation to become a fear fighter:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” Isaiah 41:10.
In these early days of 2017, it’s a great time to admit to the reality of fears that whisper words of condemnation and failure and to accept the help of others, to learn from their stories, and, most crucially, to enter into the transforming Truth of God’s Word.
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