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How God freed me from fear — while mountain-biking

Flaming darts

It was a zinger.

There I was, happily enjoying my day off — when I got a message on my phone.  Changed everything.

I felt fear.  My heart sank.  The future looked bleak — painful — hard.

I’d been hit by a “flaming dart of the Evil One” (Eph 6:16).

(Wish I could give the details — but it would not be appropriate.  Sorry.)

It is what it is

Or is it?

I’m feeling fear — and feelings feel so real that changing them seems impossible.

But God promises to change our feelings — as we fight the fight of faith using prayer and His Word (Psa 19:7; Isa 57:15; Rom 15:13).

So what IS (my feelings) isn’t what HAS TO BE.  Because God can change my heart.

But how?

Not by–

  • not thinking about it (doesn’t work)
  • a positive mental attitude (based on what?)
  • trying to believe that what I fear will never happen (says who?)

No, in His Word God tells us how fear can be overcome.  By faith — trusting His promises.

Take Psa 112:7, for example — “He is not afraid of bad news, his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”

Why is the psalmist not afraid?  Because his heart is firmly trusting the Lord.

So — the fact that I AM afraid shows that I am NOT firmly trusting the Lord.

How this helps

This helps — because it showed me what I needed to do — trust the Lord.

I was heading on a mountain-bike ride — so here’s what I did as I was riding.

I prayed — confessed my unbelief, asked the Father to forgive me through Jesus, and asked Him to strengthen my faith (Mark 9:24).

Then — because faith is strengthened through God’s Word (Rom 10:17) — I needed to set my heart on Scripture.

Jeremiah 29:11

Dozens of times God has freed me from fear through this promise.

So as I rode, I meditated on Jeremiah 29:11 —

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare [shalom — peace and joy] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Here’s what I pondered —

  • God has planned my life.  That’s a mystery beyond my pea-sized brain.  But the events of my life are not random.  God has everything planned (Psa 139:16).
  • So this event I fear either IS or IS NOT part of God’s plan.  It’s firmly under His sovereign control (Eph 1:11).
  • For those who trust Jesus, all God’s plans bring welfare — shalom — peace and joy.
  • So IF what I fear actually happens — it’s part of God’s plan for my welfare — shalom — peace and joy.

Peace and joy?  How?

How could it bring me peace and joy?  I’m fearful for a reason — because if it happens it will bring pain, loss, and cost.

But if it happens — it’s also part of God’s plan to bring me welfare — shalom — peace and joy.

How?  I don’t know all the ways.

But I do know one way — God promises that it will bring me more closeness to Christ, more joy in His glory now and forever (2Cor 4:17).

What happened in my heart

So as I rode my mountain bike, I prayed over these truths.

And I asked the Father —

  • to strengthen my faith in His Word.
  • to help me treasure Christ more — so I would welcome pain in order to gain more of Him.
  • to not let this painful event happen.

And as I did this — honestly — my fear disappeared.

I was filled with peace and joy.

Not because I wasn’t thinking about the problem.  Not because I persuaded myself it wouldn’t happen.

But because I knew that even if it happened —

  • it would be part of God’s plan
  • it would bring me great good — especially the greatest good of more of Christ

It was a great mountain bike ride.

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4 Responses

  1. jun matencio says:

    i love your testimony simply amzing. im also a mt.biker addict but sad to say my bike is not that upgrade type of a bike im dreaming to have a wonderful bike someday and still praying up to now how to have a wonderful and quality bike. GOD bless!!!

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Jun. It’s always good to meet a fellow mountain-biker — and follower of Jesus.

      May He richly bless you with all that He promises.


  2. Cathy Charon says:

    Pastor Steve..
    I was blessed by all these scriptures. We all have our turn in the barrel, but we are lifted out by his Grace and Mercy which more than sufficient!
    Thank you for living an exemplary life.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi Cathy —

      I love how you describe us being lifted out of the barrel by His Grace and Mercy — so, so true.

      And as you say, they are always more than sufficient. What a Savior!

      Blessings on you,


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