Fear, as Joyce Meyer so aptly points out, is ubiquitous [I have always wanted to use this word 🙂 ] and universally experienced by everyone.
Fear has existed ever since the earth was formed, and it will continue to exist so for as long as the planet itself endures. However, Joyce Meyer reminds us that we should not be ruled by our fears.
Even if we’ll always have to deal with fear, we’re also reminded that it’s possible to do so head-on. Being courageous is not the same as having no fear; rather, it is taking action despite being nervous.
The Enemy’s use of fear as a weapon is clear in 2020 with the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s a sobering reminder that while God has a good plan for us, Satan also has a plan that’s against us. We are gifted with free will, so it is up to us to determine our own destiny.
Joyce Meyer reminds us that fear does not actually have any power over us if we have an accurate understanding of what fear actually is. She goes on to explain that the only way to live a life free from fear is to confront it, often known as “doing it afraid.”
She points out that we have the ability to choose to face our fears with faith. We are able to experience fear while simultaneously acting despite it.
Leaning toward fear is listening to the Devil, whereas ploughing on despite fear is leaning towards God.
There is something about Joyce Meyer that makes you feel like everything is going to be alright. This comes through clearly in both her pulpit delivery and her writings.
This was a fantastic read that I loved and enjoyed fully. It’s possible that it’s because I’m reading it at a time in my life when I’m venturing into territory that’s unfamiliar to me and I’m feeling very nervous about it.
Do it Afraid is a book that I would strongly recommend reading if you are searching for a book that will assist you in understanding Fear and even overcome it.
The last time I read Joyce Meyer’s book was a very long time ago. In this book, Meyer uses personal experiences [both her own and those shared with her] to demonstrate how we can use God’s Word to overcome anything the Enemy sends our way.
To those who suffer from fear, depression or despair and could use a pick-me-up, I recommend this book.
- “Fear is the devil’s favorite tool in the toolbox of schemes he uses to steal, kill, and destroy God’s good plan for us.”
- “Fear creeps in when we forget that God is with us and begin striving and struggling to do things in our human strength. Remember that God said over and over to many of His servants, “Fear not, for I am with you.” Fear can be and often is very subtle. It may appear in the form of worry, dread, or even jealousy.”
- “We receive grace through faith, not through fear.”
- “I don’t want the bad things in the world to keep me from seeing the good.”
- ‘Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
- “Faith is our plug in to the power of God.”
- “We are not jealous of what anyone else has if we have the same thing. Fear comes when we are afraid we will be left out or have to do without what we want.”
- “Do what you can do when you can do it, and don’t worry about what you cannot do. Anything is better than nothing!”
- “Don’t just pray for fear to go away. Instead pray for God to fill you with boldness, courage, and confidence.”
- “But remember that freedom from fear doesn’t mean the absence of its existence, but the refusal to let it control your decisions and actions.”
- “When I feel fear, I will do it afraid.”