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Faith Over Fear | My Testimony on Fear

Hello again ! It's Jana here :)

I hope you are having a super day so far !

So for today's blog I thought I would write a little bit about fear, since it is a topic I am currently journeying through, again.. How and why do we expereince fear as Christians and how do we overcome it ?

One of the best ways I've heard fear being described is:

F - False

E - Evidence

A - Appearing

R - Real

When I saw this for the first time it hit me.. I suddenly thought about the countless times that I have felt so fearful, so worried and anxious for whatever reason I can't even recall today. When I look back and reflect on my circumstances I realize that none of my worst fears or thoughts during those times had ever become a reality in my life.

It was all just false evidence appearing to be real.

Now as someone who has walked a long road with fear, I can confidently say that Jesus can heal you completely of fear. The key is to stay free. The other day I was listening to a podcast on fear and how to kick it in the face, haha ! I love that idea. The podcaster was saying how we can either bow to fear and submit to its ways and its symptoms OR we can choose to remind ourselves WHO GOD IS, as a Loving Father, and take authority in faith over the fear that we face.

There is no way around your fears, you have to face them, go through them. But take heart friend, Psalm 23 says: Eventhough I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me." Fear is just a shadow, it has no power. In Jesus Christ and by His blood we have authority and power to kick fear in the face. It is much easier to just succumb to anxiety and worry because it is natural for us to do so. It takes courage and faith to face fear and speak in authority over your life and your circumstances.

Okay testimony time !

In 2020 I was on a mission trip in Turkey, and before going I made a vow to God. I said to Him - "Jesus, You know me. You know that my worst fear is sickness and death. I will only go on this mission trip IF You keep me safe and healthy."

Now I know there are a few things wrong with that prayer. But I was seriously afraid of getting Covid and not returning home.

And so the last day of the mission came and our team was on the airport in Istanbul, getting tested for Covid before we fly back home to South Africa. And the next moment, you've guessed it, half of our team tested positive for Covid (including myself) and we couldn't go home. We missed our flight. I was so so sick, and it felt like my faith just went out the door because of this vow that I made to God. I felt like He let me down, He left me there to die. Literally. On the last day of our mission.

Our team was ecorted off the airport and into a van, taken to a Covid facility and each person was put into a seperate room for 10 days, no wifi (at first), no medicine and only half of our luggage from the airport. Suddenly I was isolated in a room, in a foreign country, with only my Bible and Jesus. I had to face this fear. I had to walk through it with Jesus. I remember waking up and just crying because I couldn't breathe, I couldn't call anyone to help me and I was so afraid. I was depending on Jesus for every breath.

There is only one Saviour. Jesus Christ. He is the only reason that I live today. And the way that he carried me through that experience was unforgettable. Spoiler alert - we all made it back safely and recovered for the next few weeks.

Now, I'm not saying that I have never felt fearful after that again, I did. But now I have a deep revelation of WHO GOD IS. I can face tough situations now with the truth of a Loving Father in my heart. And sometimes, I need a little reminder of what He has already done for me.

You don't have to battle with fear, friend. Then you are playing on the enemy's playground.

You have victory and freedom in Jesus' name. Know the Word of God and fill your heart and mind constantly with it. Your worship is your weapon.

I hope this encourages you.


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