I was feeling optimistic about my upcoming visit to the dentist. Afterall, I'm pretty diligent in my oral care. I brush 2-3 times a day and floss regularly. The last thing I want is to deal with the very thing I dread most; needles, drills, and clanging instruments...oh my! With the biggest grin on my face, I headed straight for the dentist's office. I remember laying back in the chair as the hygienist cleaned away at my teeth. I began sharing with her my incredible fear of needles. The hygienist reassured me that my teeth were looking great, but insisted the dentist come in to confirm the results.
(This is where the self-talk began...)
"I have no need to fear. I am confident in my practices. Only good news comes to me..."
Girl, that chant was on repeat, and there was no going back!
Have you ever been there; where you're attempting to psychologically reverse your fears? I don't even know where we get this from. Speaking something positive without believing in it, simply doesn't work!
Well when it was all said and done, the dentist confirmed that I not only had three cavities (yes three); but he also came with striking news- one would need a route canal!
I frozen in time.
I was speechless.
I began thinking for a moment. Why was this my reaction? Why was I so terrified of needles? Did something tragic happen to me as a child to explain my fright? And why have I allowed this feeling to control my mind, my behaviour and my practices for so long?
When I really reflect, needles in their very design, are instruments used to transport medicine into the body very quickly. This is a good thing! And since it is, why do I allow it to keep me in a state of panic and anxiety when it's designed to help me, not harm me?
F.E.A.R- False Evidence Appearing Real
The interesting thing about fear is that it’s crippling. It affects our mental capacity to effectively rationalize; and it withholds us from walking in the fullness of who Christ died for us to become. The Bible says, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, and love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).”
Bottom line, the mind that Christ died to redeem is not of fear!
Therefore, I really needed to ask myself; 'where are these false ideas coming from? And what am I doing to fuel these lies the enemy has planted?
Since these all too familiar ideas are not from God, then you and I have a responsibility: we need to take our thoughts captive- forcing them to conform to the obedience of Christ and His will for our lives (2 Corinthians 10:5)!
I decided to do just that.
By continually confessing the Word of God over the next few days awaiting my route canal appointment, every negative thought was replaced by a positive confession and belief. This in turn relieved my anxiety and removed all fear.
I walked in and out of that appointment like a brand new woman, simply because I decided to face my fears by applying the Word of God.
Speak God’s Word Over Your fears:
I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10)
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
How has fear impacted your life? Are you ready to face them head on? Will you be a facilitator of fear, or will you go into combat mode for your peace of mind?