Don't Panic!

All of us have a built in fight or flight mode.  When fear kicks in, either we fight for our lives or run to the hills.

Now 2 Timothy 1:7 says for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

But if God created all of us to have this fight or fly mode, then why does Paul tell Timothy that God doesn't give us a spirit of fear? 

#1 - Fear serves a purpose. 
Built within each of us is the ability to survive under extreme circumstances.  If something is about to fall on you.  If a car is about to hit you.  If someone is threatening your life, you have a built in system to survive.  Fight or run!  

#2 Fear can get out of control.  
Your brain doesn't have the capacity to determine what is or isn't real.  In other words, if you perceive that there is a threat, then your brain thinks there is one and reacts accordingly.  If you think your boss is going to fire you.  If you believe that your spouse is going to divorce you.  If you think that someone is gossiping about you - you're going to react.  

1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Once you place your trust in God, you discover that His love for you is always bigger than anything that can come against you.  What is the key to your success?  Let God love you.  Let Him do His job. Trust Him with all of your heart.  

PRAY: Dear Jesus, love me, and I will love you with all my heart, soul and life.  AMEN