Fear Fighting: By Knowing Who IS

| January 9, 2017

Fear Fighting by Kelly BalarieWritten by Kelly Balarie

My son and I drove over a bridge we’d driven over a hundred and one times. It happened to be dark. Very dark.

Son, let me ask you a question, “How do you know that water is still there?”

He said, “Well Mommy, I know it is there because it’s just how it is. Water goes there.”

I wonder if we approach God the same way? We know God is there, because He just IS.

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”  (Ex. 3:14)
God IS who he IS.

He IS with us.

He IS for us.
He IS fighting on our behalf.
He IS liberator.
He IS hope.

He IS light.
He IS creator.
He IS Savior.

The truth IS: God has you. God so has you. More than your mind can conceive.

That issue before you? God already walked ahead of it.
The idea you’ll fail? He knows your way.
The fear your children will get hurt? He is their hope.

The past that haunts you? By His stripes you are healed. (Is. 53:5)
The inadequacies that berate you? In your weakness, His power is perfected. (2 Cor. 12:9)

When trepidation surrounds, know this: God has you tighter than the clothes you wear. He has you more strongly than the house that surrounds you. He will not let fall what He has built. He will not crumble what He is behind.

He IS before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Col. 1:17

I learned to find rest for my fears, for my worries and for my anxiety as I wrote the book, Fear Fighting: Awakening the Courage to Overcome Your Fears. Perhaps, today is the day you find rest in who He IS and what He IS leading you. You see, great are His promises for us.

And, great IS the King. A King who takes care of His children. He brings them within His house and places a banqueting table before them. He does not set their seat a distance of ten feet from the table and mock them. He doesn’t lay out succulent dishes before them and make the salivate. He doesn’t place them just out of arms reach from His glorious goodness. He sits them down at His table of spiritual blessings and says – eat!

At Peace Is She Who Knows God's Love Casts Out Fear.Eat! My love for you is great! Enjoy! For what I want you to be full! Celebrate! You need not feel guilty in doing that! I want you to have all I have. I want you to know my life. I welcome you as a chosen one. Come and partake. Come and, not only sit with me, but be full with me and then stay with me – forever.

“Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 14:15)

Blessed is she who knows God IS good.
At peace is she who believes God’s love IS what casts out fear.

Full is one who sits where God IS.

Prayer

God, may I sit at Your table all the days of my life. May I welcome in the bounty that is You. You are enough. Let me not walk away from You for a vision of lesser things. Let me not get distracted with the disorienting ways of the world. Let me not see the faults of others and therefore, miss the fantastic nature of You. Let me not get caught up with progress and miss the process of laying my head on You. Let me not hear the fans and the fanfare so I am unable to get fantastically fanatical about staying in Your love. Let me not get so comfortable with sin unapparent, I fool myself into thinking I am religious. Let me not waste away days thinking I knew You, when I chose not to. Don’t let me delude myself; it is easy to do. Amen.

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Fear Fighting by Kelly BalarieAbout the book, Fear Fighting: Awakening the Courage
to Overcome Your Fears

Author and Speaker, Kelly Balarie didn’t always fight fear – for a large part of her life, she was controlled by it. Yet, in her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, with God, Kelly charts a new course. Join Kelly, on the journey to go and grow with Christ’s bravery, the Spirit’s counsel and God’s unending love that squelches fear. This book reads like a love letter from God, while offering practical heart-calming prayers, anxiety-reducing tips, and courage-building decrees that will transform your day. www.fearfightingbook.com

Kelly Balarie Author of Fear FightingAbout Kelly Balarie

Kelly is both a Cheerleader of Faith and a Fighter of Fear. She leans on the power of God, rests on the shoulder of Christ, and discovers how to glow in the dark places of life. Get all Kelly’s blog posts by email or visit her on her blog, Purposeful Faith. You can also find a variety of resources for your fight against fear here.

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22 Comments

  • Reply Heather Hart January 9, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Thank you so much for being a guest here on CandidlyChristian today, Kelly! This is such a powerful message.
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  • Reply Terri January 9, 2017 at 9:02 am

    a very powerful message indeed. One that we all need to follow and let it sink into our hearts.
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  • Reply April Boyer January 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Ahh. Thank you Kelly! Out of the mouths of babes: “water just goes there.” It is. God IS! What a powerful all encompassing, fear-conquering God we have- because God IS! Great post, beautifully written. Thanks

    • Reply Heather Hart January 9, 2017 at 9:19 am

      That one comment about knowing water just going there really helped this message sink into my soul. So much truth! Thanks for stopping in, April.
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  • Reply Michele Morin January 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

    So happy whenever I see another review of Kelly’s book! Blessings to you as you commit to the fight!
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    • Reply Heather Hart January 9, 2017 at 9:24 am

      This one isn’t actually a review, Kelly wrote this as a guest post. 🙂
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  • Reply Stephanie Carter January 9, 2017 at 10:41 am

    This was just so helpful and refreshing. Thank you.

  • Reply Andrea January 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

    My pastor always says that fear is false evidence appearing real….
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  • Reply Carmen January 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

    What a wonderful message we all need to hear! God bless!

  • Reply Victoria January 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful post

  • Reply Alex January 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    How beautiful to remember that GOD IS. Despite everything, HE IS. I know many women struggle with fear, and I appreciate your work to calm those fears in Christ!
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  • Reply Grace January 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Such a good thing to remember, especially when we are feeling anxious

  • Reply Kay January 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    If we would only have that kind of trust and faith in the Lord! Great reminder.
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  • Reply Amy Hagerup January 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Powerful message today. God is the great “I am.”
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  • Reply Marie @spreadingJOY January 10, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I love the fact that God IS…. whatever I need whenever I need Him to be. such comfort!
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  • Reply Debbie January 10, 2017 at 5:54 am

    What wonderful words of encourage! Thanks, Kelly.

  • Reply Kristi January 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Love this! God is just there. He will always carrying us through because He already knows what’s coming. Nothing surprises Him so if we allow ourselves to completely trust Him no matter what happens we will be able to let go of whatever fear is trying to crowd our hearts.
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  • Reply Amy Christensen January 10, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Great thoughts. Thank you for posting. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  • Reply jenifer January 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Fighting Fear is an incredible book. Thank you for stopping by Woman to Woman Ministries and linkinjg up. God bless.

  • Reply Victoria Guyadeen January 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    A wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness. I love the verses you included as well as the prayer.

  • Reply Starla Jimenez January 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post over at the Grace & Truth Link Up Party!
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