Yes.. what about fear. I know all about it. The enemy uses fear to keep us from experiencing the full measure of the life God has for us. He is good at it. If we let it.. fear will immobilize us.. it will keep us from taking risks. Most of our fears are related to the past. We fear the past will repeat itself in some way that will ruin the future. We fear that we cannot do the things that God puts before us. The truth is that the past is not repeating itself.. God is a God of new beginnings. He does not give us assignments and then ask us to handle them.. He supplies us with grace, wisdom, strength, and courage to live in each and every circumstance.
When women come to me for counseling..fear is a huge topic. I often tell them to look at each decision they make and never make one that is based on fear. That works very well for me. I ask myself if I am acting out of fear and if the answer is yes.. then I know without a doubt that I must not. God has not given us a spirit of fear. We have the Holy Spirit.. the spirit of God..He lives in us and He is with us. Let’s decide today to let go of fear based decisions..God does not forces us to trust Him. He is longing to take us out of a fearful place.
Overcoming fear is difficult because it often involves facing our fears. I cannot count the number of times I have been afraid of confronting something.. asking God to remove it.. Guess what? He doesn’t. He says ” let’s go through this together and see what is on the other side.” Every single time this happens my faith grows stronger ..I see new evidence of His sovereignty and I am less fearful. Yes.. He is teaching us to walk into those fearful places so that we experience His presence in new and powerful ways.
Remember.. you are not alone. You are not powerless..You are a child of the living God. He will protect you and guide you. He loves you more than you can imagine and He wants to take you into a season of freedom..freeing you from all your old fears. You are going to be amazed at how good it feels! God will use you in new ways and He will bring new opportunities into your life.
God says over and over in the Bible ” Do not be afraid.”