The Suffocating Grip of Fear

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Let Go of Fear

Life is full of new and exciting experiences that we often deprive ourselves of enjoying. You might ask, “Why would anyone do that?” I have found that the thing that often prevents me from exploring new ideas or enjoying new experiences in life is fear. That little four little word, “fear,” seems to play havoc with our lives in so many ways. It is an evil corroding thread that somehow gets woven into the fabric of our existence at different stages of our lives. If we allow it, it has the potential to put a suffocating grip on us, and cause us to end up in unfortunate circumstances which we do not want any part of. Fear is as a thief in the night. It robs us of true joy and happiness in life and prevents us from achieving our true potential.

Perhaps there is a better way. Perhaps there is a way to overcome fear in our lives. We need to have our lives built on a more firm and trustworthy foundation. That foundation is Jesus Christ. We need to learn to trust and rely on Him for EVERYTHING. The scriptures clearly teach us, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). If we are to overcome our fears and move forward with our lives, we must learn to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6). “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

If we are willing to align our lives with the will of God, and in humble obedience willingly do those things which He would have us to do, relying on and trusting Him completely, He will wash away our fears. And we will find that calamity in our lives will be replaced by serenity.

An acronym for the word “fear” is False Evidence Appearing Real. But we need not fear because the Savior Himself has promised, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Karlyn Kay Stebbins
February 06, 2015

Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:

Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.