Run or Walk?

Romans 8:38

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
fear is
What is fear? Is it real or just imaginary?  How come some of us fear one thing and others are fearful of different things?  I guess since we were all raised in different homes we learned to fear separate things.  For me, water is a fear.  I get to about chest high and a panic state arises in my spirit and I begin to really feel the fear.  I know in my heart that God did not give me a spirit of fear, so why I am I still afraid of the water?
Fear keeps us from doing so many things.  It surely is an enemies tool against our lives.  Some of us even fear spiders which are millions times smaller than we are, how is that even possible?  What about those who are afraid to leave their homes, they are bound to a fear which mobilizes them.  There is a fear for pretty much everything on earth and we either need to choose to live without fear or just avoid the snares all together.
Tonight as I was hanging out in the pool, I tried once again to deal with my fear. I know where my fear started, it was when I was about eight years old and was thrown off a boat in hopes that I would learn how to swim.  Then to add to this fear and keep me there, my son had a near drowning experience when he was six.  This summer I walked farther into Lake Michigan than I had ever done, but somehow, the fear is still lingering.  All I can do is surrender it once again to God for I know He has a plan to remove the fear.
What are you afraid of?  Do you run from your fears or do you walk in quiet confidence knowing God did not give you a spirit of fear?  I think this is a subject which hits all of us.  I can’t say that I have ever met anyone who has no fears, it just proves that Satan is hard at work trying to keep us from doing the things God has set out for us.  We at some point will need to come to terms with our fear and face it instead of running from it.  We will need to stare it right in the face and speak truth to it, the truth that if we are with Chirst, we have no fear.
I myself want to get over this fear of water.  I will keep pressing in each time to be able to conquer it.  I no longer want to run, I want to take this fear of water by the hand and walk out what God has promised me….A Spirit without fear!  Are you ready to face a fear or two?
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