The “WHAT IF” Syndrome

Written by: Jill Nelson

“It’s not a lie if you believe it.” – George Costanza from Seinfield

The "What If" SyndromeWhat if my husband got really sick? What if something bad happens to my children? What if I wasn’t around anymore? What if I lost my friend or family member? These are probably some of the top fears that many of us moms think about. “What ifs” bring about that word FEAR! I heard an acronym for FEAR once: False Evidence Appearing Real. That is so true! There are times when we sit around and allow our minds to be filled with false evidence. The enemy would love if FEAR would just consume us every day all day. His purpose is to distract us from who we are in Christ and what we are supposed to be doing as a Christ follower, wife, mom, friend, etc.

For many years I have struggled terribly with FEAR. Fear would at times stick around for months; I would even have panic attacks. Any time I would hear bad news I would automatically put myself or a loved one in that scenario and I would just panic. As I’ve gotten older, I have learned to truly lean on God’s Word!

For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

I have recognized these thoughts/fears that would grip me at times were not from God at all. They were actually from the enemy himself. As you read in 2 Timothy, fear is a Spirit. It is not a syndrome after all, it’s a SPIRIT that rapidly reproduces with little to no effort…and it’s ungodly. The devil will use the “what if…what if…what if…” to cripple us, preventing us from living the life God has designed for us.

Allow God to show you what true power, love and discipline looks like through HIM as you give Him your daily thoughts/fears!

“It’s not false evidence if you believe it.” – Nick Nelson (a wise man)


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