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'I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.' Psalm 139:14 NIV
Many of our fears are based on our feelings, not facts. It helps to try and understand our fears. For example, if we were raised in poverty we may be afraid to be generous. If we were abandoned we may be afraid to trust anyone, or we may try to control other people. If we were constantly criticised we may be afraid that God won't forgive us. If we don't feel beautiful or intelligent, or we're not from a high-class family, we may be afraid to mix with people or talk to them in case they look down on us. We may fear being rejected by God or people.
All fears come down to one issue: lack of identity. It's so important that our sense of self-worth and security is found in Christ alone, like David: 'I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well' (Psalm 139:14 NIV). And it's the same for us. We're fearfully and marvellously created. We have a loving Father who promises to always be with us. Our past is forgiven, our future is planned. We can turn to him in prayer with all our anxieties, and he promises us peace. The Bible says: 'Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you' (1 Peter 5:7 NIV).
So when we know we have God's approval, and we know our identity is in him, our fears begin to quieten.
So what now? Spend some time asking God to help you find your identity in him.
Soulfood: Deut 32:29-52 Deut 33 Deut 34:1-12 Matt 14:13-21 Ps 119:17-24 Pro 17:7-10,