We usually see stubbornness as a negative, but it’s positive and powerful when it comes to denying fear a place of influence in your life. Obstinately refuse fears of failure, loss, rejection, and the unknown. Stand unwavering against threats projected by the media and government, insecurity about your present circumstances and your past choices. They’re all liars which have no authority to control your identity. They only have as much power over your life as you give them.
In your own strength that’s difficult, even for a short time. But you’re not alone, and you have the very opposite of fear to encourage, equip, and empower you. The Bible says Jesus is the truth, he is love itself, and there’s no fear in his love. One of the greatest things you can do for yourself, and everyone around you, is simply to receive and give away the truth and love he’s offering you in exchange for your fears.
“At the edge of the water, Jesus said to them, ‘Let’s cross to the other side.’
Along the way, a great storm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They woke him in a panic, and said, “Don’t you care we’re about to die?”
He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Immediately there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4).
If Jesus says you and he are going to cross over to a new place, believe it with all your heart and mind, no matter what fearful storm tries to stop you. Tenaciously hold onto that, and you’ll become what fear is afraid of.