• Courtney McLane Mize


Did you know Jesus tells us not to be afraid 365 times in the Bible? That's a reminder for every day of the year to live fearlessly. Want to know how to actually live in that truth? Keep reading.

I was driving to work this morning thinking about how it has been far too long since I have written anything on this little blog. As I was thinking about what would be worth writing about, one of my favorite songs happened to come on. There is a line in the song that says, “For every fear, there’s an empty grave, for the risen One has overcome…” Then, thanks to Facebook, today’s Jesus Calling devotional (you legit need this book if you don’t have it!) popped up on my news feed saying, “I know exactly what will happen, both the good and the bad. Trust in me and do not be afraid…” So I think it’s pretty obvious that today’s theme is fear.

Everyone has those irrational fears that people can make fun of, like being afraid of heights, or snakes, or the dark, or bugs, (that’s me). Seriously if you have yet to see my natural reaction when there is an insect in sight, just ask around. It’s pretty priceless. But what about our real fears? The internal fears that we don’t like to talk about? The fears that are buried so deep in our heart, we fear even reaching into that place to try and conquer them? How do we handle those fears?

Many of you might already know this, but Scripture tells us not to be afraid 365 times. We have a reminder to be fearless every single day of the year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that is a coincidence. Jesus did not embody a spirit of fear, and He has not instilled a spirit of fear in us. So today, I challenge all of you (myself included) to take a good, hard look at your heart. Find some peace in the craziness of this Monday and spend a few minutes looking into those deep parts of your heart that are so often avoided. What are you afraid of? Maybe you’re afraid of not being enough; not good enough, worthy enough, smart enough. Maybe you’re afraid of being alone, or worse, feeling alone even when you aren’t. Maybe you’re afraid of being hurt, so you’ve subconsciously put up walls sky high making all your relationships seem surface. What are you afraid of?

Identify that fear and bring it to Jesus.

Make your fear known to Him and let Him bring you the comfort and restoration you need to live confidently. As you’ve heard me say so many times, He doesn’t make mistakes! You were purposefully created to do great things and any feelings of fear that you harbor in your heart only prevent you from fully living in that truth. So bring your fear to Jesus, and remind yourself that He covers all our fears in grace and truth. Tell yourself...

“I am afraid that I can’t do this, but I know Jesus can “

"I am afraid of being hurt, but Jesus heals.”

“I’m afraid of being alone, but I will always have Jesus.”

The only way that we can trump these fears that take away from allowing us to be our best selves is by smothering them with truth. Let’s take a minute today to dig deeper, believe truth stronger, and live boldly in the promise that Jesus is bigger, better, and greater than any fear we will ever have.