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Not Today Fear By: Deven Franklin

Updated: May 13, 2022

It's the beginning of February, Black History Month, and so many things in my life are happening. I'm excited, yet have been hit with some fear at times too. I usually try not to get too excited or too worried when things are coming up but this time I've run the gambit. I've tried to allow myself to be excited and enjoy the good things that are coming. And I've had to cast down the fears that have tried to stop me from moving forward.

See, fear has a way of coming in and not only stealing your excitement, but it will also cripple your progress. The Bible says to cast all your fears on to God for He cares for you. It also says that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but that he has given us power, love, and a sound mind. Right there, God has given us a way to handle the fear that comes and tells us who sent the fear. 

People say that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Many times, fear comes from the thoughts that we have in our own heads. I hear the people that are saying "but I have life experiences that say these things can happen". And your experiences are right about the past. But that fear is preventing you from moving forward. God said give him those fears so you can overcome forward with your life with no worry. 

With all that has happened in my life over the last 29 months, there are a number of things that cause fear to rise up in me. And though me giving the fear to God still doesn't happen immediately, it doesn't take as long as it did previously. There are times when the fear causes me to freeze, or even cry. I take those times to let the tears fall, and then to remind myself that God promised that He would never leave me nor forsake me, even until the ends of the earth. 

Fear can't control me. It can't dictate what I do or where I go. (That doesn't mean don't wear your mask or not get vaccinated. Being smart and listening to the professionals, isn't fear controlling you.) I will continue to take the steps that God has ordered in my life. Trusting Him is the only way.

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