Remember Ghost Busters? “I ain’t afraid of no ghost!”
Well, I am. If a ghost appeared to me, I would most definitely be afraid. And that’s not the only thing I’m afraid of.
I’m afraid of being criticized.
I’m afraid of small talk.
I’m afraid of extensive dental work.
I’m afraid of hearing God wrong.
I’m afraid of my house never getting fixed.
I’m afraid of running out of money.
I’m afraid of taking chances.
I’m afraid of making wrong decisions.
I’m afraid of growing really old.
I’m afraid of making phone calls.
I’m afraid of alligators.
I’m afraid of disappointing God.
I’m afraid of confrontation.
I’m afraid of letting go of my fears.
I could go on – the list is endless.
But God’s list for overcoming fear is short. Very short. There’s only two things on His list.
Fear is not of God.
Perfect love casts out fear.
I didn’t used to understand that, because I didn’t understand love. Or God. But I’m learning.
He taught me how to use His list as a Fear Buster whenever a fear appeared.
This is how it works:
(name your fear) I’m afraid of making wrong decisions.
(remind yourself) Fear is not of God.
(personalize applicable scriptures) Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good. Psalm 48:14 That this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever. God promises to guide me and to make all things work in my favor. I do not have to worry about which decision I make. Even if I make the wrong one, God will take care of me. He loves me, and is bigger than any mistake I make. He has promised to make everything, even my mistakes, work out in my favor.
(replace the fear with His love) Perfect love casts out fear.
Good-bye fear! I am no longer afraid because I’m trusting God’s Word, and not what I can see, reason, or imagine.
Now THAT’S the real, and amazing, Ghost Buster FEAR BUSTER!