On fears and vampires

Bela Lugosi's Dracula at the Hollywood Wax Museum
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What are the top fears that are fighting against your confidence and faith in this season of your life? Are they fears of rejection? Failure? Success? Are they fears that you don’t measure up in an area of your life? Are they cringing fears about the future?

There’s something you need to know about the fears that plague you.

They’re a lot like vampires. They can’t survive sunlight, and if you let them, they will suck the life out of you.

Fears grow best in the dark, and when we keep them there, hidden and alone, their power will eventually drain us of our perspective, our confidence, and our faith in God’s love. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Any time we struggle with an overwhelming fear, it is a sign that we need a fresh encounter with God’s unconditional love for us. If we ask Him for a revelation of that love, and then expose our fears to both the light of God’s Word and to supportive, trustworthy friends, our fears will diminish and dissolve—just like the vampires in the old school books and movies used to do (at least before the Twilight books made them simply twinkle in the sun).

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