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