King David said, "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" Psalm 118:6. If we really believed that God is protecting us, would we be afraid of anything? If we are afraid, is only because we don’t believe we have the right to God's care. There are only two emotions, love and fear. From those two emotions, only love is true and is eternal because it is of God. Fear is only an absence of love, therefore, is not real, it has no attributes of its own, it automatically disappears in the presence of love: the two emotions cannot coexist. Any feeling that doesn’t come from love comes from fear. It is important to understand that being under the care and protection of God doesn’t mean that everything is going to be perfect and without problems. God didn’t promise us a life without problems. His promise is that we will have a life of peace, even in the midst of problems. Adversity is part of the lessons we need to learn.
“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things… And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:7-9. The peace of God can be experienced in the midst of any affliction, and if we have peace, it is impossible to be afraid. If there is a situation that is causing us fear, or has taken the serenity away, we should not hide it or pretend that it is not important. We need to analyze it until we understand what exactly is that we are afraid of, and work it until we solve it. If we understand that we invented fear, we can undo it, and this is attained by analyzing it. We need to see what is causing us to be afraid, and if we had a legitimate reason, what consequences could it entail?
Truth is always wrapped in fear. We must analyze the situation until we find the truth, and understand the true reason of our fear. If we determine that it has no reason to be, that, in itself will deliver us from fear. We cannot ask God to take away our fear because it is an emotion unknown to Him. However, we can take to Him the problem that is causing us fear, once we know what is the real problem. Getting rid of the emotion of fear is our responsibility, and it can be auto-controlled. If we are afraid of a monster that we are imagining, we can also solve it, by analyzing it, or bringing light into it. Light, spiritually speaking, represents understanding, and darkness represents ignorance, and the analysis will open our understanding and with that, fear will disappear. Every time we are afraid, it is because we have made a wrong decision. Our decisions are based on our own beliefs and for that reason, we need to adopt new beliefs. This is not about a change of behavior, but a change of mentality, and that depends on the will of each individual, because each one is free to decide how he wants to live his life.
The surest way to make sound decisions is to ask the Holy Spirit to decide for us, and He will lead us to what we need to do. We can be certain that by following His advice, we will not be afraid. We need to be aware that only our mind can produce fear. We have a very powerful mind that never sleeps, it is always creating. We are responsible for the control of our mind, and we need to understand that our mind gives form to all of our thoughts, regardless of whether that is what we want or not. That is why it is indispensable that we maintain control over our mind. What kind of thoughts are we harboring? because our thoughts will bring us results of peace or attack. That is why the Apostle Paul told us that in order for the God of peace to be with us, we must think about all that is true, noble, whatever is right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.
“You who have tried to banish love have not succeeded, but you who choose to banish fear must succeed. The Lord is with you, but you know it not. Yet your Redeemer liveth, and abideth in you in the peace out of which He was created. Would you not exchange this awareness for the awareness of fear? When we have overcome fear–not by hiding it, not by minimizing it, and not by denying its full import in any way–this is what you will really see. You cannot lay aside the obstacles to real vision without looking upon them, for to lay aside means to judge against. If you will look, the Holy Spirit will judge, and He will judge truly. Yet He cannot shine away what you keep hidden, for you have not offered it to Him and He cannot take it from you.” ACIM T.12. II.9.
I hope this makes you think about your relationship with God.