Thursday, August 13, 2009

Faith and fear

I'm reading a book called Supernatural Childbirth and the authors discuss at length fear when it comes to conception, a healthy pregnancy, miscarriage, bringing the baby to full term, and labor and delivery. They say: "You'll find that fear is your number one enemy no matter what you're doing. The opposite of fear is faith. When you're believing God for your health, for your finances, for your family or for anything else, fear is your number one enemy."

Wow did that statement convict me. Fear is my number one enemy when I'm striving to believe God in a particular area of my life. Sometimes I know I don't even realize that I have given in to fear...but there it is. Squirming its way into my head, waiting on the sidelines for the perfect opportunity to jump in and take over. Fear loves to replace faith in our heart and minds.

Fear is the opposite of faith and it is not from God. Fear and faith do not operate together. We can - and should - rebuke fear, doubt and unbelief.

The authors of the book go on to say that we can pray out loud against fear in any circumstance in our life: "I rebuke you fear in the name of Jesus. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. I have God's perfect love and that perfect love casts out fear." (2 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:18)

From time to time I still find I am fearful of the what ifs with this baby. The list of fears could potentially be long regarding her health. The list of fears IS long regarding her entrance into this world (I am not fond of pain and fear what it will take to bring this little girl into my arms).

But, once again, we have the promises of God to cling to when fear overcomes us and faith seems small.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10


Aunt Sharon said...

Stacy, every woman who has ever given birth to a child knows the "fear" or really, "apprehension" that you feel. As I waited for my children I kept the verse and song in my heart, "They that wait up on the Lord, shall renue their strength, they shall mount mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary! They shall walk and not faint,Teach me (hold me)Lord, Teach me Lord to pray.
love you,
Aunt Sharon

Dracomama said...

This is a little more on the scientific nature of fear, but since you're taking about it in the context of child birth, I thought it might still be useful: When a woman in labor is overcome with fear, her body's natural reaction is the "flight" response. The muscles that are working to push the baby out cease contracting and keep the baby safe inside until the mother can reach safety. When the fear is in your head or heart, there is no way to escape. That's why I'm glad to see you are already in the process of working through what fear means to you, and how you can work past fear. I really hope that your little girl's entry into this world is a fearless one! :)

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Anonymous said...

what a lesson. I will definitely hold onto that one. Makes you want to take a leap! thanks.